Join us for a poetry reading by Tongo-Eisen Martin, followed by a discussion and Q&A with poet and translator Mona Kareem.
Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author Heaven Is All Goodbyes, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the critically acclaimed someone’s dead already, nominated for a California Book Award. He is also a movement worker and educator who has taught in detention centres from New York’s Rikers Island to California county jails. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black People, “We Charge Genocide Again!”, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout America. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Mona Kareem is a stateless Arab writer based in New York. The author of three poetry collections, some of which were translated into French, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Farsi, Italian and Kurdish, she holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University and teaches literature and film at the City University of New York. Her translations include Ashraf Fayadh's Instructions Within which was nominated for the 2017 BTBA awards. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Los Angeles Review of Books, Asymptote, Words Without Borders, PEN English, and Modern Poetry in Translation. She has been a fellow at the Norwich Writers' Center and Banff Center.