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Mwatabu S. Okantah holds the BA in English and African Studies from Kent State University (1976) and the MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York (1982). An Associate Professor in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University, he also serves as Director of the Ghana Study Abroad Program. He has taught at The Livingston College of Rutgers University and Cleveland State University.Okantah is the author of Afreeka Brass (1983), Collage (1984), Legacy: for Martin & Malcolm (1987), Cheikh Anta Diop: Poem for the Living-published as a limited trilingual edition in English, French and Wolof (1997/2017), Reconnecting Memories: Dreams No Longer Deferred (2004) and Muntu Kuntu Energy: New and Selected Poetry (2013). Guerrilla Dread: Poetry for the Heart and Mind is forthcoming in 2019. Work has been anthologized in In the Company of Russell Atkins (2015) and Cleveland Poetry Scenes: A Panorama & Anthology (2008).Mr. Okantah has worked in a variety of musical situations, including time as Griot for the Iroko African Drum & Dance Society and in ongoing collaborations with the Cavani String Quartet, as well as with Vince Robinson and the Jazz Poets.
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