Owólabi Aboyade

Lance Cleland

Owólabi Aboyade is a multidimensional/ ancestral/silly-ass/Afrikan culture creator from Detroit.  He is an essayist/ poet/ critic/hip hop artist (Will See Music) with six albums under his belt. He/his craft is healing from the intergenerational trauma of having to hide his creative/spiritual power to survive. He studies nonfiction in Pacific University’s MFA program and regularly contributes to RiverwiseGeezTherapeutic Edgelands, and Against The Current magazines. He is a contributor to Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Timea field guide addressing the politics of health, disability, and care, and text editor of Bullet*Train, a magazine chronicling Detroit’s revolutionary culture. His poetry chapbook, Lee,Young Lee will be published by AWE Society Press in the eventful summer of 2024.

Project Description: At the heart of Collapse, Owólabi Aboyade’s book-in-progress is grappling with a need to grieve the boys and men who left his life, this earth, the land of the living, too soon. Collapse is a braided collection of essays and narratives from Detroit, a Black metropolis that is a cultural capital of creativity, a collapsing municipality, and a cocoon for terrible transformations of gentrification. The forms of Collapse explore the rhythms of lingering historical trauma and the uncertainty of the time we live in: fragments, fictions, and attempts at remembering, communicating with that which is lost, but not gone. The stories found here are individual and collective, and many things in between. The book is nonfiction, but not a “memoir” and will include writings in shapes that relate to the author’s lived journey.