Dasan Ahanu is a public speaker, organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, performance artist, songwriter, playwright, writer, educator, recording artist, and loyal Hip Hop head born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT) where he is a writer, director, producer, and cast member. Dasan is also the founder of the Jambalaya Soul Slam and coach of Durham, NC’s own Bull City Slam Team (BCST) that competes regionally and nationally. A supporter of youth arts and poetry, he has worked withthe Sacrificial Poets, the Triangle’s youth spoken word organization. He is a resident artist at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham and an Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. Dasan is also a proud member of the Black Jedi Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation.