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). Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Poet in Residence in the Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University. He also serves as Director of the DPAS Study Abroad in Ghana Program. He has taught at Union College, The Livingston College of Rutgers University, Cleveland State University and Lakeland Community College.
Chatter House Press released his latest book of poetry, Muntu Kuntu Energy: New and Selected Poetry, in 2013.
As a performer, Mr. Okantah has worked in a variety of musical situations, including time as Griot for the Iroko African Drum & amp; Dance Society and in ongoing collaborations with the Cavani String Quartet and Vince Robinson and the Jazz Poets. A spoken word and original music CD, Guerrilla Dread: Griot Stylee, is scheduled for release in 2017.
Mr. Okantah lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife, Aminah, and their children.