Revolutionary Poetry

In times of injustice and unrest, it is the work of the poet to incite change. To make revolutionary art is to take responsibility for reality.

Every craft has a tether of social orientation. We do well to tie the development of our craft to the liberation of all people. In so doing, we relax into the potential of art to be an absolutely humanizing process, in which we gain a more nuanced insight into reality as we digest it. And as poets with true insight, we can use revolutionary praxis to transform reality. To make revolutionary art involves birthing great works on the page.

This 4-week workshop will focus on social analysis and its critical relationship to poetic craft. We will use as guides: poems by revolutionary artists, short texts on historical analysis, and the poems we write along the way. Join us and write poems that matter, rooted in social justice and informed by critical praxis, social and historical truth.



November 15, 2020 - December 06, 2020


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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Tongo Eisen-Martin


Tongo Eisen-Martin

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco, California, and received an MA from Columbia University. He is the author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017) and someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), which was nominated for a California Book Award. Also a human rights activist and educator, he has taught at Columbia University and in detention centers across the country. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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