Join us for a very special evening of readings by Raina J. Leon and Tongo Eisen-Martin. Music by the ever-so-talented TBD.
Donations will be called for throughout the night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Wine and Red Bay coffee will be available.
Raina J. León is a Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), and has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her first collection of poetry, Canticle of Idols, was a finalist for both the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005) and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (2006). Her second book, Boogeyman Dawn (2013, Salmon Poetry), was a finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Prize (2010). Her third book, sombra : (dis)locate, will be published in 2016. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latino and Latina arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest book of poems titled, "someone's dead already" has been nominated for a California Book Award. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS. His latest collection is "Someone's Dead Already" from Bootstrap Press.