Kurtis Lamkin, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, has toured the country playing the kora, a type of African harp. In the past he has hosted MultiKultiMove, a reading series involving writers from across the world, and produced an animated poem for PBS: “The Fox’s Manifesto.” He also produced the radio series Living Proof: Contemporary Black Literature as a member of the Metamorphosis Writers Collective. His book, King of the Real World, was published in 1985. His writings have been featured widely in such publications as the Nebula Journal of Contemporary Literature, Painted Bride Quarterly, Black American Literature Forum and Transfer. He was also published in NewCity Voices: An Anthology of Black Literature.