Lamar MAnson

The CEO and co-founder of the International Writers Guild Inc., Lamar “The Legendary Black Ice” Manson is a Tony, Emmy, and Peabody award winning artist. He is credited with being a major pioneer of art in this millennium, as he has turned spoken word into a powerful mainstream art form. 

A captivating performer with a pro-family, anti-establishment message, Black Ice worked Philadelphia's coffeehouse and poetry slam circuit hard, earning himself a loyal local following along the way. It wouldn't be long before he was taking his performances on the road. After being discovered by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, Black Ice appeared on five consecutive seasons of the Simmons-produced Def Poetry Jam on the HBO cable television network, which led to a starring role in the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry on Broadway. It was 2004 when he made his breakthrough into hip-hop, appearing on both Method Man's Tical 0: The Prequel and Pete Rock's Soul Survivor II. Two years later he collaborated with producer Eric "Booty" Greene and released his debut album, The Death of Willie Lynch, on the Koch label.

Today, Manson's work is referenced across a wide range of publications, and is also studied in high school curricula and in course studies at Ivy League Universities. Further pursuing his passion for teaching and inspiring the world through poetry, Manson leads The IWG today with the goal to educate and empower communities mentally and spiritually through the power of spoken word.