My name is Absalom Shakur. I’m from Los Angeles California, Watts to be exact. I began writing poetry, in the mid 80’s, after discovering that my mother wrote and published poetry as well. My mother named her first published poem, “Black Rose” in the late sixties. In ’75 the year of my birth, she wrote a poem and called it, “My Little Soldier”. About me of course!
After writing over fifty “formless” poems I switched styles and began writing hip hop/ reality rap music. I still do that today and go by Elijakain.
About fifteen years ago I set out on a journey to write a fantasy novel-The Chronicles of Cordea. That didn’t pan out because I lost the manuscript. Lol. I stuck tenaciously to writing rap songs,poems and plays for the next few years. It wasn’t until 2012 that I’d set out to start another novel project, but this time fiction in lieu of fantasy.
After reading a couple of books by author Eric Jerome Dicky; “Urban is easy, I can do this too”. I remember saying to myself. So, one late night in November of 2012 sitting at a small iron grey table In a prison cell, I started my first fiction novel. I call it “Jadas’ Chances”.
To date, I’ve hand written six fiction novels and one creative nonfiction book. Because I’ve read so much on the increasing popularity of the creative nonfiction genre, my recent focus has been primarily on that project. I’m currently in the process of typing the last pages of that manuscript which I originally wrote by hand- five-hundred and six pages. The first work I plan to publish is that manuscript.
I’ve also written many essays on continuing social injustices against African Americans in the United States, and the inhumane treatment of prisoners in Arizona’s prison system. One can visit http://www.thyblackman.com and check out and article of mine there called,”healthcare providers are killing Arizona’s inmates”.
I love to play chess. I do consider myself and philosopher and a theologian as well.
Taylor Mayo is my only surviving sibling. I hope to do well as an author and create opportunities for financial advancement for he and I and by extension our children. Well, that’s all for now.