Dasan Ahanu is an artist, educator, and organizer living in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted or coordinated many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events. He has helped to establish and grow cultural and performing arts organizations in North Carolina. Dasan is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT), a Durham based African American theatre company, where he is a writer, director, producer, and cast member. Dasan has been featured on national radio and TV and has published three books of poetry. He has also released a number of Hip Hop and Spoken Word recordings. Dasan has served as an Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of English at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC since 2006. He is a resident artist at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham and a Nasir Jones Fellow with the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He is currently a visiting lecturer at UNC Chapel Hill in the African American & African Diaspora Studies department.

Arts Education Fair Keynote & Workshop Presenter
In addition to being our keynote speaker, Dasan Ahanu will led a teacher workshop during the Arts Education Fair from 4:30 – 5:15 pm in Fletcher Hall. Workshop information TBA.