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Uptown Fridays Presents: Tongo Eisen-Martin and Reńe Vaz

  • Nomadic Press (Uptown) 2301 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Join us for an excellent Uptown Fridays featuring readings by the one-and-only Tongo-Eisen Martin and Reńe Vaz. Emceed by Natasha Dennerstein and music by TBD.

Suggested donations of $5-25 collected at the door, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Red wine and Red Bay coffee will be available.

Information about performers:

Originally from San Francisco, 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. He has taught in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California county jails. He designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. 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. He is also a revolutionary poet who uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. His latest book of poems is titled, "Someone's Dead Already" has been nominated for a California Book Award. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

René Vaz is a Bay Area writer. He has an MA and MFA in creative writing from SFSU. He has served as editor in chief of Cipactli Journal and co-editor of The Sutro Review. He is the curator of the reading series Voz Sin Tinta and Uptown Fridays. He writes from the POC point of view, giving voice to those marginalized. He is constantly in revision.

Musical guest Eve Chosak is multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who writes and performs in a variety of genres ranging from World music to pop to rock to Jazz. She provides musical direction and songleading in theater, interfaith, and community settings around the Bay Area. She aims to create music that inspires people to experience more personal empowerment and joy.