Nzadi KeitaNzadi Zimele Keita (aka Michelle Keita) is a poet, fiction writer, and educator. Her first book of poems, Birthmarks (Nightshade Press 1993) documents a generation of African-Americans who experienced the Great Migration from the rural South to the urban North. Her work has also appeared in anthologies and journals including American Poetry Review, and Confirmation: An Anthology of African-American Women, and Long Shot Review. Keita is a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Pennsylvania council on the arts. She has also received fellowships from Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Currently, Keita teaches creative writing at Ursinus College and conducts creative writing workshops for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. She has also taught writing in adult education and prison programs. She has over ten years of experience in administrating community development programs in the US and Africa.
Keita received an MA in Creative Writing from Vermont College and a BA in journalism from Temple University. She was born in Philadelphia where she now lives with her family.