David Lee Morgan

David Lee Morgan has travelled the world with his saxophone as a performance poet and musician. He has won the London, UK, and BBC Slam Poetry Championships, as well as a fair number of club slams in the UK and the US, including Soul City Arts and the Nuyorican. He has featured at poetry festivals and events all over the UK, Ireland and the U.S. including StAnza (St. Andrews, Scotland), Lingo (Dublin, Ireland), the Seattle Folk Arts Festival, and the Isle of Wight Festival.  His spoken word show, Science, Love and Revolution, received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was featured at StAnza, the international poetry festival in St. Andrews, Scotland. His show, Nazis Need Jews, won Best Spoken Word Show at the Morecambe Fringe Festival. His show, Poems on Gender, won Best Poetry Show at the Morecambe Fringe Festival.

He is a longstanding member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain (has served on the Executive Council) and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. He lives in London, grew up in the USA, and was born in Berlin. He has been published in various poetry magazines and anthologies, including The Wooster Review, The Delinquent, The Human Rights Anthology, Huffington Post, Prowl, Gronthee, Indigo, Schnewsand Indology.


I am awed by Morgan's passion, his humorous yet enraged intellectual appraisal… An energetic, clever, passionate survey of human life.

One of those rare, passionate performances... bristling with energy and interesting ideas. If you want a bracing crash course in how to “read history… with a f***ing blowtorch,” look no further. A driving score by Michael Harding, supplemented by a smattering of saxophone solos from the poet himself, manages to complement the text without competing with it.

He was brilliant. I’ve never seen someone transform so powerfully and fully…. He spits out the words of sacrifice, suffering and revolution, of wisdom and enlightenment. What he says is radical, is political, but it’s also wise.

London (Greater London)


Poems on Gender (2022)

Nazis Need Jews (2020), published by South London Poetry Books
[a fearless and compassionate look at fascism, antisemitism and the possibility of revolutionary change]

The River Was a God (2018), published by Stairwell Books
[three poetry shows from the Edinburgh Fringe]

Science, Love and Revolution (2013)

Books, Poetry, Theatre