Shihan Van Clief (born Ron van Clief Jr. on August 4, 1975), the African-American spoken word artist and poet, known for his appearances on the HBO television series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
Shihan Van Clief (an Internationally renowned Spoken Word Poet from USA) was in Nigeria in May 2013 for Word Up Volume 4. Prior to the event, he was at a workshop (organised by i2X Media), to talk on “The Business of Spoken Word Poetry.”
Shihan has, for over 17 years, been living solely on income from Poetry Performances and Poetry related activities. He has an exclusive SPONSORSHIP deal with Sports Giant, Adidas and is the current voice for The Sprite Street Mix, a radio program broadcasted in over 13 countries in Africa. He has been featured on various media outlets including 7 appearances on 6 seasons of Def Poetry, and on commercial adverts of Nike, Reebok and the NBA.
Who is better to talk about the Business of Spoken Word Poetry than someone who is into it full time 24 7?