A.D. CARSON was born in Decatur, Illinois. He received a B.A. in Education and Creative Writing from Millikin University and M.A. in English from the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is a high school educator whose only aspiration as a high school student was to become a professional rapper. After releasing two albums independently and living out his rap dreams he chose education as a professional career. He has never lost his Hip-Hop ties, however, using his unique career path and avocations to engage students and audiences of all ages and disciplines. He continues bridging the gap between the music and literature through teaching, performing and conducting workshops. An educator, author, and performance artist, he has written hundreds of unpublished poems, stories, songs, and other tangentially related pieces, some of which he shares on his website, AydeeTheGreat.com. His first album, Writer’s Block, was released in 2000, followed by Aristotle XIV in 2002, White T-Shirt [EP] in 2004, Cold World Mix Tape Volume 1 in 2010, Cold World Mix Tape Volume 2 and Cold in 2011. The recipient of the Grace Patton Conant Award for Literary Creation, A.D. Carson’s work has appeared in Collage and The Alchemist’s Review and Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program. He currently serves as Writer-In-Residence for Benedictine University at Springfield. Additionally, his essay, "Oedipus-Not-So-Complex: A Blueprint for Literary Education", is a chapter in the critical reader, Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop’s Philosopher King. His first novel, Cold, is available from Mayhaven Publishing, Inc. A.D. Carson's audio projects can be purchased at amazon.com or on iTunes.