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muMs da Schemer (b. Craig Grant in New York City in 1968) is a poet and actor best known for his role as Arnold "Poet" Jackson on the HBO series Oz.

He first gained attention as a poet and performer when he was featured in the documentary SlamNation, which followed him and the other poets of 1996 Nuyorican Poetry Slam Team (Saul Williams, Beau Sia and Jessica Care Moore) as the competed at the 1996 National Poetry Slam.

In the book Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, author Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz wrote of muMs's time in the poetry slam, noting his writing "was street poetry at its purest. Thoughtful, precise but not without humor, his work spoke honestly about the life he and his friends and family lived and the city that he loved.[1]"

MuMs has gone to act in films and television shows such as Boston Legal, Bamboozled and Everyday People [2]" as well as making a memorable appearance on Chappelle's Show as "Lysol" in the "Mad Real World" skit. He has performed his poetry on seasons 2, 3 and 4 of HBO's Def Poetry.

References

  1. ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. Soft Skull Press. Page 135. ISBN 1-933-36882-9.
  2. ^ Craig muMs Grant

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