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A Revolutionary Poet Fans The Bay's Literary Fires

Jan 20, 2021

Author and educator Tongo Eisen-Martin was just named San Francisco's eight poet laureate. His work as prison activist to revolutionary poet has taken him from San Francisco to South Africa, with stops at Columbia University and Riker's Island. In this interview, Eisen-Martin shares stories behind his art, his upbringing, and his human-rights advocacy work.

"I'm really kind of like a man with his instrument, and I will go play it anywhere for anybody who wants to hear it."

This story first aired in September of 2017, when City Lights Books published Eisen-Martin's most recent collection "Heaven is All Goodbyes." City Lights plans to publish his forthcoming work this fall. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.