Morgan James Peters, (aka, Mwalim)
Associate Professor English and African & African-American Studies
Director of African & African American Studies
M.F.A. Goddard College
M.S. Boston University
B.A. Boston University
Creative writing, spoken-word/ storytelling, digital audio and video production, Black Drama, Literature & Poetry
Office Location: LARTS 303
Morgan James Peters (a.k.a., Mwalim) joined the UMass Dartmouth faculty in 2003 after a lengthy career in the theater, film, television and as a performing artist, writer, filmmaker and master teacher of genres spanning theater, spoken-word, music, journalism, film, television, and video, as well as the academic disciplines of musicology and folklore/ oral traditions. Known internationally as “Mwalim” or “Mwalim DaPhunkeeProfessor” he is considered a ‘sub-cultural icon’ according to Wikipedia.
As a playwright his work has been seen on and off Broadway as well as throughout the USA and Canada at regional theater as well as festivals. His works in particular, “OM! A Street Corner Griot’s Comedy,” “Look At My Shorts,” “A Party At The Crossroads” and “Working Things Out” have won such prestigious awards as the Ira Aldridge Fellowship, the New York Theatre Forum “Outstanding New Playwright” and the MLK Society Distinguished Fellowship. He has been the playwright-in-residence since 2004 at New African Company, New England’s oldest, continuous professional Black theater company.
A gifted spoken-word artist, lyricist and soul-funk-jazz singer and musical artist, Mwalim has been a frequently invited presenter and performer at such internationally recognized venues as the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe and Afrikan Poetry Theatre in New York City, October Gallery and Ten Spot in Philadelphia and the Apache Cafe in Atlanta, GA. His poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies.
Mwalim began his career as a teenager, as a recording studio intern at Planet Studios in New York City, eventually lending his talents as a keyboardist, producer and lyricist to various projects. He is a staff producer and recording artist with Liberation Music – MGM, where his work as a lyricist and performer have earned international critical praise from jazz, House/Dance Music, and soul music reviewers as well as “Best Male Jazz Artist” in the 2010 New England Urban Music Awards as well as top nominations in the 2010 and 2011 Native American Music Awards.
As a filmmaker and videographer, Mwalim is primarily known in the museum and gallery circuit for his experimental video projects and music videos. As a fellow in the Longwood Cyber Arts program, Mwalim developed a sound-scape project combining video images with original electronic music. He has also worked as a digital audio and video producer and editor for such companies as RMG/ Universal, Urban Box Office as well as freelance work for Viacom, NBC, Westwood One, and Comcast.
In 2011, Mwalim was named “Educator of the Year” by the Cape Cod NAACP, is a founding member of the Education Department for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and is actively engaged in youth and arts mentoring programs and projects throughout eastern Massachusetts.
You can also visit his websites:
Offical Website - http://www.mwalim.com