Shackled Freedom

Black Living in The Modern American South

November 2020

Willow Books, the Imprint of Aquarius Press

ISBN 978-1-7357408-1-2

Dasan Ahanu

“That day, I realized why Dasan is known as a ‘poet’s poet.'”–Michael Harriot, The Situation in South Carolina

Dasan Ahanu is an award-winning poet and performance artist, public speaker, community organizer, educator, scholar and emcee born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an Alumni Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard’s Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute, resident artist at the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center, and visiting lecturer at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has performed across the country, appeared on national radio and TV, published three books of poetry, been featured in various periodicals and released numerous recordings. He works with organizations and institutions to develop effective arts strategies to enhance their work in the community. Dasan is currently managing a grant funded initiative as the Rothwell Mellon Program Director for Creative Futures with Carolina Performing Arts. He swings a mean pen and represents the SOUTH.

Dasan Ahanu
  • Poet
  • Public Speaker
  • Educator
  • Emcee
Dasan Ahanu

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