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Abiodun Oyewole

The Official Site of The Last Poet



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Featuring Original Nuyorican Poet

Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

and Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets

An intersection of African American and Nuyorican poetry

Featuring poetry performance, reading and book signing

Premiere video clip of the documentary
No Escape From the Firescape (2023)
featuring Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

Thursday, April 27, 2023
Cocktail Hour: 5:30PM-7:00PM

$25 at the door (if available)

Nuyorican Poets Café
236 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
(212) 780-9386




ABIODUN OYEWOLE, a founding member of The Last Poets, is the editor of Black Lives Have Always Mattered (2017), author of the Beauty of Being (2018) and the poetry collection, Branches of the Tree Of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole 1969-2013 (2014), and is the

co-author of On A Mission: Selected Poems And A History Of The Last Poets (1996). He received his BS in biology and BA in communications at Shaw University, an MA in education at Columbia University, and is a Columbia Charles H. Revson Fellow (1989).


What People Are Saying About Abiodun . . .

What People Are Saying

I have been listening to Abiodun since middle school and have had the honor to grace many stages with him. He is truly a pioneer . . . He will go in the archives for centuries to come. ~Etan Thomas, poet, author and NBA champion

Abiodun Oyewole, best known for his lifelong membership in The Last Poets, takes a well-deserved solo turn.  Like their creator, then, these poems are not unambitious, but they succeed.~Bill Adler, co-author of Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

Abiodun Oyewole is a born storyteller, a real griot. THE BEAUTY OF BEING is not only a historically relevant book, especially when he writes about The Last Poets and Malcolm X, but it is also full of wisdom. ~Christine Otten, author of The Last Poets (2016)

THE BEAUTY OF BEING is a spiritual journey. From the jungles of Central America to the jungle of New York City’s Harlem, these tales are of one man’s journey through life, with his beloveds meeting angels and nature on its own terms, plunging back and forth from the abyss to paradise. ~Baba Donn Babatunde, percussionist of The Last Poets

Abiodun Oyewole is one of the most important voices of his generation and my own. . . . A mentor, a critic, and an inspirational voice of truth, he is a poet that shares his life with the world, and I am forever grateful for being one of the flowers he helped bloom. ~Jessica Care Moore, award-winning poet and publisher

Abiodun Oyewole reminds us that Black Lives Matter is not a new revelation but a continuation of the black social gospel proclaimed by Richard Allen,, Adam Powell Sr., Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and the many more. ~Bob Law, National Radio Personality

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