Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mazza Writer in Residence

“I don't know that there is a living writer whose work loves Black people as much as Tongo Eisen-Martin’s work loves us.”
Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Thanks to a generous grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation, Bay Area poet and activist Tongo Eisen-Martin became The Poetry Center’s premier Mazza Writer in Residence, and was in residency here at San Francisco State University for the first week of October, 2017. In addition to working with students of poetry, drama, and other studies, he was featured in two public events that week, both free and open to the public. Check out the terrific video clips and full program videos from each performance!

• Mazza Writer in Residence Tongo Eisen-Martin, in Performance and Conversation
Thursday October 5, 7:00pm at The Poetry Center
Solo reading and conversation, video clips: Tongo Eisen-Martin, from "Faceless" | Tongo-Eisen Martin, from "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" | Tongo Eisen-Martin on the nature of his performance
Solo reading and conversation, full program video: Tongo Eisen-Martin: October 5, 2017

 Words and Music, Tongo Eisen-Martin with Marshall Trammell, in Performance
Saurday October 7, 7:00pm at The Green Arcade
Collaborative performance, video clips: Marshall Trammell, solo percussion, joined by Tongo Eisen-Martin performing "I have to talk to myself differently now"Tongo Eisen-Martin, from "Climbing Back Down the Wind," with Marshall Trammell on drums
Collaborative performance, full program video: Tongo Eisen-Martin with Marshall Trammell: October 7, 2017