Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Pocket Poets Series No. 61
Saturday, March 24th, 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA: The Luggage Store
"Black Tradition in Present Time" featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin, QR Hand, and David Henderson.
For more information, go to luggagestoregallery.org.
Saturday, March 31st, 7:30PM
Los Angeles, CA: The Last Bookstore
Tongo Eisen-Martin performs at the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. Joining him are Rocío Carlos, traci kato-kiriyama, David Lau, Jeanine Webb, and Mike Sonksen.
The Last Bookstore is located at 453 S Spring St in Los Angeles. For more info, go to lastbookstorela.com.
Thursday, April 19th, 6:30 pm
San Francisco, CA: Mechanics' Institute Library
A reading and conversation: Kim Shuck & Tongo Eisen-Martin.
Mechanics' Institute is proud to welcome San Francisco's seventh Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck, the first person of Cherokee descent to hold this honorable position. She succeeds Alejandro Murguía and Jack Hirschman. As a fifth generation San Francisco resident of Cherokee and Polish heritage, she is devoted to giving voice to the city’s diverse voices through the power of language and culture. This can be experienced in her full-length collections Rabbit Stories and Smuggling Cherokee. Kim will be joined by poet Tongo Eisen-Martin whose passionate work confronts issues of injustice and incarceration, power politics and struggles for survival.
The Mechanics’ Institute is located at 57 Post St. in San Francisco. For more information, go to milibrary.org.
Saturday, April 28th, 5:00PM
Berkeley, CA: The Brower Center - Tamalpais Room
"Who's Your Muse?" at Bay Area Book Festival.
Victoria Chang, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Brittany Perham, Maw Shein Win, moderated by David Roderick
Poetry can be difficult for some readers to digest, with its interwoven layers of meaning, lyricism, rhythm, and context. Even more difficult to appreciate is how these poems come to be. Five poets come together to discuss the origins of their poems—energies they tap into and methods they use to get the right words into the right order. They'll talk about how they handle writers block and how they know when a poem is heading in the most fruitful direction. Perhaps they'll also share some writing prompts that will help you find your own source of inspiration.