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A revolutionary poet fans the Bay's literary fires

Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin

From prison activism to revolutionary poetry, author and educator TongoEisen-Marten's work has taken him from San Francisco to South Africa, with a stop at Riker's Island and Columbia University along the way.

We speak with Eisen-Marten about his recent work around extrajudicial killing of black Americans, and his human-rights advocacy in Jackson, Mississippi.



"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."

Both Tongo Eisen-Martin and Josiah Alderete will be featured readers at the latest installment of our Sights & Sounds of East Oakland. It's tomorrow at 6pm at the 81st Ave Library in East Oakland. Poetry, storytelling, and community discussion — for free!

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