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Craig “muMs da Schemer” Grant (1968–2021), poet and “Oz” star

by Linnea Crowther

Craig Grant, better known as “muMs da Schemer” or simply “muMs,” was a poet and actor who starred as Arnold “Poet” Jackson on the HBO series “Oz.”

Stage and screen

Grant was performing slam poetry in New York when he was featured in the 1998 documentary “SlamNation.” Around the same time, he was cast as Poet in “Oz,” where he was also able to perform his poetry over the course of the show’s six seasons. Grant later had recurring roles on the TV adaptation of “She’s Gotta Have It” as well as “Boston Legal” and “Hightown.” He was featured in several episodes of “Def Poetry Jam.” His movie credits include “Birdman,” “Side Effects,” and “Good Time.” Grant was also a member of the Off-Broadway troupe the LAByrinth Theater Company.

Grant on how he started writing

“I remember writing a poem in grade school. I painted as well. I really took to drawing. But I really started to enjoy writing in high school from writing rhymes. I was a rapper.” —from a 2020 interview with Writers Guild Initiative

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