Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher, and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets. He is the author of Branches of the Tree of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole 1969-2013 (2014), The Beauty of Being: A Collection of Fables, Short Stories, and Essays (2018), and Naked: A New Collection of Poetry (2020) and co-author of On a Mission: Selected Poems and a History of The Last Poets (1996). He edited the anthology Black Lives Have Always Mattered: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Personal Narratives (2017). He has also released the song albums, Gratitude and Love Has No Season (both 2014). Oyewole has a BS in biology, a BA in communications, an MA in education, and is a Columbia Charles H. Revson Fellow (1989).
Hold Sacred Our Humanity: A Conversation with Abiodun Oyewole
The poet discusses his new collection, the George Floyd protests, and the holiness of trees....