Poetry Event featuring Alumnus Tongo Eisen-Martin


 4/20/16 6 PM – 7:55 PM

Over the Eight

594 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

The Ecstasy & The Ecstasy is excited to present:
Tongo Eisen-Martin
erica lewis
Morgan Parker
Jason Kirk

Please join us in celebrating these amazing poets!

3 out of town & one local reader feature:

Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He is the author of “someone’s dead already” 2015. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. 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. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist and curates the john oates house reading series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and journals. Books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein) and murmur in the inventory. daryl hall is my boyfriend, book one in the box set trilogy, is just out from Barrelhouse; mary wants to be a superwoman, book two, is forthcoming from Third Man Books in 2017. Recent chapbooks include publications from Ypolita Press and Lame House Press; chapbooks are forthcoming in 2016 from Belladonna, Lark Press, and After Hours/The Song Cave. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2017. Morgan is Cave Canem graduate fellow, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and poetry editor for The Offing. She also co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. www.morgan-parker.com

Jason Kirk is an award-winning poet and editor, and the author of A Fabulous Hag in Purple on the Moor, The Other Whites in South Africa, and Reverb, as well as the composer of The Mirror of Simple Souls, an opera collaboration with librettist and poet Anne Carson. His most recent publication is a narrative poem about a wheelchair-bound mermaid who works in an adult-video store in Southern California, which appears in the story anthology Phantasma. He lives in Seattle.

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