Russell Lehmann, a self-taught poet, writer and rapper with autism, has come a long way from where he started – but it hasn’t been easy. We featured Russell in 2011, when he first shared his poetry with us. Since then, he’s moved into a unique rap-style of spoken poetry, expressing his thoughts and feelings about his autism beautifully.
On his website, AutisticPoet.com, Russell describes himself as “closed on the outside, open on the inside.” Rap seems to have helped him bridge those two worlds.
“My goal is to become a rapper who generates mental health awareness and who will lead the fight to defeat stigmas for people of all types. It is my strong-held belief that becoming a rapper is the best way to reach the largest amount of people.”
Russell also has his own blog, Plato’s Play-Doh, where he recently posted about his newfound commitment to developing and promoting his rap music. Russell is currently seeking support through a GoFundMe campaign to establish his career.