Donnevan Tolbert has been writing plays and short stories since he was a child. While attending Wayne State University, Tolbert submitted his play This Don’t Make You Cool to the 2017 Louise Heck-Rabi Scholarship Playwriting Competition and it won first place. When the play was produced and performed, he knew that writing was a part of his calling. Tolbert writes music, poetry, plays, and short stories—it is his most genuine and fulfilling form of expression. As a young Black man, he feels that much is required of him from birth. Tolbert grew up in a single-parent home and his daily mission is to make a way for his mom to retire early in life.