Tongo Eisen-Martin: The Price of the Ticket

Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and Friends
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author photoOn Thursday, April 25 the Main Library celebrates National Poetry Month with a program led by the astonishing virtuosic poet Tongo Eisen-Martin. Come hear Eisen-Martin read along with other poets who are committed to the social transformation of an insanely oppressive society. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator. His book Someone's Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won both a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

National Poetry Month Events at the Main Library:

Poetry in Song Concert. April 2, 6 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. Singers perform art-song arrangements of poetry from around the world.

World Literature Book Club: Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. April 4, 6 pm, Paley Room—3rd Floor.

Celebrating Maya Angelou. April 9, 6 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. SF’s Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts a program devoted to the iconic poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

Poets on Film: Rita Dove & Billy Collins. April 11, 3 pm, Latino Hispanic Room.

Poem Jam. April 11, 6 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. Poetry reading with SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, the Lowell Poetry Club, and special guests.

Open Mic Poetry. April 19, 2 pm, Talking Books and Braille Center. Call 415-557-4253 to sign up.

Forum Magazine Celebrates National Poetry Month. April 24, 5:30 pm, Latino Hispanic Rm.

Tongo Eisen-Martin: The Price of the Ticket. April 25, 6 pm, Koret Auditorium. Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and Friends.

Poet Rozalie Hirs: Work in Stuttering. April 27, 12 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. Netherlands-based poet and composer Rozalie Hirs presents on poetry and the creative process.

Evening of South Asian-American Poetry. April 30, 5:30 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. With Athena Kashyap, Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield, and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Geeta Anand.

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