Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor is considered by critics and peers alike to be one of the contemporary masters of the oral tradition. A master storyteller and educator, Mwalim's work spans literature, theater, music, radio, film and television. His short stories, poems, and essays appear in numerous edited volumes and reviews. His plays and performance pieces have been presented throughout the USA and Canada, as well as in the Caribbean and the U.K.. His work as a songwriter has received numerous awards as well as Grammy and Native American Music Awards nominations.

Mwalim is the playwright in residence for New African Company and is a tenured professor of English and Black Studies at UMass Dartmouth.