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Inside Our Tower of Mutated Freedom

A Conversation with HIP Host Owólabi Aboyade: poet, essayist, activist by Carla Harryman On May 7, 2023, I met with Owólabi Aboyade at our place on Canfield in Detroit to converse with him about his hosting of the recently revived Horizons in Poetry reading series, the original version of which Ron Allen founded with Wardell… Read More »Inside Our Tower of Mutated Freedom

John Sinclair speaking into a microphone

The Greatness of Ron Allen

THE GREATNESS OF RON ALLEN By John Sinclair “I search for wholeness, the complete organism. It is a Buddhist idea. I do not dissociate intellect, body and soul. I want to interact with my community, and my art should be a bridge between unformed and formed. Life is all vibrations and rhythm.” The late, great… Read More »The Greatness of Ron Allen

Dr. Chris Parks sits in a chair

Interview with Dr. Chris Parks

I met Ron [Allen] back in the mid to late 90’s. He was running therapeutic poetry groups out of treatment centers in Detroit. He ran one out of Mariner’s Inn and the other out of Harbor Light and I was a therapist at Harbor Light and worked with him on those groups. We stayed connected… Read More »Interview with Dr. Chris Parks

Blog Mog in Bright Red: Ron Allen on the Rise

By Jim Perkinson So finally (!) after more than a decade of prodding and poking, organizing and hoping, a small cadre of followers/learners/colleagues/collaborators managed to secure a Knight Foundation grant to re-convene the memory send-ups and rhythmic shout-outs marking an ancestral advent of Detroit poet/playwright extraordinaire, Ron Allen.   The Knight announcement breaking light on… Read More »Blog Mog in Bright Red: Ron Allen on the Rise