Lemon Anderson is a critically acclaimed poet, author, and actor who has been a pioneer in the spoken-word and theater scene for the past decade. He has the greatest number of appearances on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, with eight performances in six seasons. Lemon is an original cast member of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on Broadway; the show took home the Tony Award for "Special Theatrical Event" and the Drama Desk nomination for "Unique Theatrical Experience." His most recent performance was in the movie The Son of No One starring Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, and Ray Liotta. Lemon appeared in and wrote for Joe Wright's The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. His other film credits include Spike Lee's Miracle At St. Anna, Sucker Free City, She Hate Me, and he appeared opposite Denzel Washington in Inside Man. His theater credits include Slanguage, which was directed by Jo Bonney and premiered at the New York Theater Workshop to rave reviews and sold out shows. He is currently touring his critically acclaimed solo show County of Kings, which was produced by Spike Lee and the Culture Project and premiered at the Public Theater. The book based on the show was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 New York Book Festival. He is also the author of Ready Made Real, a collection of original poems.