During the late sixties, Otis O’Solomon, a poet, writer, and performer, became active in the Watts Writer’s Workshop, a creative writing institution started by renowned writer Budd Schulberg of On the Waterfront. At this workshop, Otis met poets Anthony (Made) Hamilton and Richard Dedeaux and formed a poetry performance group, the Watts Prophets.
For more than 30 years, the Watts Prophets have published books, recorded albums and CDs, and toured constantly, giving thousands of live performances for community groups, middle and high schools, colleges and universities, and performing arts centers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. During the last decade, the Prophets mainly focused on working with youth through creative art programs (the Hip Hop Poetry Choir, for example).
In his early years, O’Solomon also served as a master poet and teacher of St. Paul’s Council of Arts and Sciences’ program, and in Los Angeles as urban coordinator of California’s Poetry in the Schools’ program.
During the seventies, O’Solomon recorded his poetry with Quincy Jones. In the eighties, he had his poetry recorded by Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s son. During the nineties, he recorded poems with the Watts Prophets. Their last CD was entitled When the 90’s Came. In December 2001, O’ Solomon published Wake Up World, a hardcover book of original poems and poetic stories. Currently, he is finalizing his new untitled CD of poetry, which is scheduled for release in early spring 2007.