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"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.

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