Tongo Eisen-Martin

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin

is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book “Heaven Is All Goodbyes” was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

 

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  1. […] Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator who spoke to us during the month of April 2020 from San Francisco. He reported that the city had adjusted to the quarantine relatively seamlessly, noting that there is a large population of people there who are able to work from the safety of their homes. He went on to say that the homeless population there have seen a terrible spread of COVID-19 after being gathered together in a makeshift shelter where the virus broke out. For his part, Eisen-Martin is working on poems, prose-essay hybrid work and curricula related to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. He has written similar curricula in the past to give a social context to the statistics of murders such as these. To hear a conversation about this as well as live readings of some of Eisen-Martin’s poetry, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator who spoke to us during the month of April 2020 from San Francisco. He reported that the city had adjusted to the quarantine relatively seamlessly, noting that there is a large population of people there who are able to work from the safety of their homes. He went on to say that the homeless population there have seen a terrible spread of COVID-19 after being gathered together in a makeshift shelter where the virus broke out. For his part, Eisen-Martin is working on poems, prose-essay hybrid work and curricula related to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. He has written similar curricula in the past to give a social context to the statistics of murders such as these. To hear a conversation about this as well as live readings of some of Eisen-Martin’s poetry, listen to the complete interview. […]