Ayokunle Falomo, poet
Today we talk (and laugh a lot) with poet Ayokunle Falomo, known to his Slam poetry friends and fans as Ayo. We chat about the inspiration for his urgent and iconic poem “Blk Boy Joy.” Ayo schools us on the question of how we as writers should appeal to young readers.
*Answer: start by listening to them.
And all your questions about cultural appropriation and shitty poetry will be answered, well, asked.
"“My smile, like my mother’s laughter, is an act of defiance.” -- Ayonkunle Falomo, from his poem Blk Boy Joy
Suggested readings & also mentioneds:
Ayokunle Falomo’s 2013 TedX talk
Reading his poem “on power“ on Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Performing his poem “And what is a black body”
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
Donte Collins’ “The Autopsy”