The New Social Environment#181

Radical Poetry Reading with Tongo Eisen-Martin

Featuring political poetry read by Mimi Tempestt, Michal “MJ” Jones, Darius Simpson, and Meilani Clay.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin curates the 15th Radical Poetry Reading, featuring Mimi Tempestt, Michal “MJ” Jones, Darius Simpson, and Meilani Clay.

In this talk

Tongo Eisen-Martin

A photo of poet Tongo Eisen-Martin in a plaid shirt.
Photo by Patri Hadad
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 Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

Mimi Tempestt

A photo of poet Mimi Tempestt
Courtesy Mimi Tempestt
Mimi Tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her debut collection of poems, the monumental misrememberings, is forthcoming with Co-Conspirator Press in November 2020. She was chosen for Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices for poetry in 2021, and is currently a creative fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco.

Michal "MJ" Jones

A photo of poet Michal "MJ" Jones.
Courtesy Michal ‘MJ’ Jones.
Michal ‘MJ’ Jones is a poet & parent in Oakland, CA. Their work is featured or forthcoming at Anomaly, Kissing Dynamite, & Borderlands Texas Poetry Review. They are an Assistant Poetry Editor at Foglifter Press, a journal curating queer and trans voices, and have fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, VONA/Voices, & Kearny Street Workshop. They are currently an MFA graduate fellow at Mills College.

Darius Simpson

A photo of poet Darius Simpson.
Derick Jerome
Darius Simpson is a writer, educator, performer, and skilled living room dancer from Akron, Ohio. He was a recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review and others.

Meilani Clay

Meilani Clay is a writer, educator, and mama from Oakland, CA. A graduate of Howard University and the University of San Francisco’s Urban Education and Social Justice program, as well as a current student of SF State’s Creative Writing program, she strives to be forever in school. Meilani bridges worlds with her words and will one day build a fort out of books written by Black people.

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