Is your work political?
What is the place of literature in politics?
Literature is a mode of culture. Culture is the foundation of both oppression and liberation.
What is your favorite political work?
“Alabama” by John Coltrane
Do you feel voting is important?
Yes, in that if something is important to somebody, due to laws of interconnectivity, it has consequences for all.
What are your hopes for this election?
People take one step closer (if only in psyche) towards liberating themselves.
Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. 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. His book titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book “Heaven Is All Goodbyes” was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.
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