National Poetry Slam Champion Neil Hilborn will bring his talents to the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Marty's Café in the lowest level of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College campus.
Hilborn is best known for his viral poem "OCD," which has been viewed on YouTube more than 14 million times and is to date the most-watched slam poem online. "OCD" brings to light his reality of being in a relationship while coping with mental illness. Hilborn was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a child and with bipolar disorder in college. The Houston, Texas, native began using poetry as an outlet to cope with his disorders. Much of his work references living with mental illnesses and how it has impacted his life.
Since breaking onto the scene with "OCD," Hilborn's work has more than 150 million views online, making him the most-watched poet of all time. He's performed in 40 states and eight countries. In addition, his chapbook "Clatter" was self-published in 2012 before being picked up by Button Poetry and re-published in 2013. His second book, "Our Numbered Days," was released in 2015 and includes a collection of 45 poems.
Hilborn earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating with honors. While at Macalester, his slam poetry team placed first at the College National Poetry Slam in 2011.
This event is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council Entertainment committee.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.