"Okantah explores what it means to be a black poet during hard times....
There is wisdom in his words and a love for Africa in his heart. [His] poems cry like the birds we once heard in Eric Dolphy's horn."
--E. Ethelbert Miller
Mwatabu S. Okantah is the author of Afreeka Brass (1983), Collage (1984),
Legacy: for Martin & Malcolm (1987), Cheikh Anta Diop: Poem for the Living (1997/2017), Reconnecting Memories: Dreams No Longer Deferred (2004), Muntu Kuntu Energy: New and Selected Poetry (2013) and Guerrilla Dread: Poetry for Hearts and Minds (2019). A former Assistant to the Director of Black Studies at Cleveland State University, he is an Associate Professor of Pan-African Studies and Director of the Ghana Study Abroad Program at Kent State University. A 2019 BMe Community Genius Fellow, he is also the recipient of the 2021 Great Lakes Black Authors Expo, Alice Dunbar Nelson Literary Achievement Award.