Kurtis Lamkin, although raised in Philadelphia, is a native to Charleston, South Carolina. Among his many creative endeavors, he currently tours the country playing the kora, a twenty-string African harp. In the past he has hosted MultiKultiMove, a reading series involving writers from all across the world, and produced an animated poem for PBS entitled 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, Transfer, and others. He was also published in NewCity Voices: An Anthology of Black Literature.