Community Event: Red May: Poetry After the Crisis

May 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Books: A Poem Emporium
2414 N 45th St.
wa 98103
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)

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Sponsored by Red May Seattle

Panel: Jeanine Webb, David Lau, and Tongo Eisen-Martin

This panel brings together three poets who have been participants in the struggles of the period since the 2008 economic crisis; they have been part of the anti-capitalist, anti-racist, or feminist-queer-trans political movements. While instructive content in political poetry may remind one of the New Left struggles and poetics of the 60s, this new period of poetry and politics is also developing its own distinct poetic and political trajectory. More generally, there’s been a kind of “turn” (socialist, feminist, even “insurrectionary”) in some of the more interesting work of our moment: Tongo Eisen-Martin, David Lau, and Jeanine Webb will serve as representatives of this new poetic moment. They will read from their work and discuss their political experiences and movement work.

About the speakers:
Tongo Eisen-Martin:
Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator. His book titled, “Someone’s Dead Already” was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book of poems “Heaven Is All Goodbyes” was published in the City Lights Pocket Poets Series.

The Poetry Center —Tongo Eisen-Martin on Youtube:

An interview with Tongo Eisen-Martin:

David Lau:
David Lau is a poet and essayist. His books of poetry are Virgil and the Mountain Cat (UC Press) and Still Dirty (Commune Editions). His poetry and essays have appeared in New Left Review, Literary Hub, The Margins, Counterpunch, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Boston Review. He is a lecturer at the UC Santa Cruz and the co-editor of the literary journal Lana Turner: a Journal of Poetry and Opinion.


Jeanine Webb:
Jeanine Webb (she/they) is a writer, collective organizer, and cancer survivor. A 2016 Doctoral Fellow in Literature at UC San Diego, her research focuses include epic and counterepic genres and intersectional feminism, poetry and social movements, as well as race and gender in speculative fiction. Her poetry has been published in many journals in the U.S. and abroad, including Lana Turner, ARMED CELL, The Capilano Review, The Antioch Review, DATABLEED, Jupiter 88, Lumen and many others, and her essays have been published in Tripwire, ON Contemporary Practice, Monstering, Occupy Poetics, on the Poetic Labor Project and the Post-Crisis Poetics series. She has presented her work at Historical Materialism in New York and at Comic-Con, and she publishes the cartonera-style SD/Tijuana journal TACOCAT. She currently teaches literature and writing and co-curates the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series in San Diego.

PRB Reading: Jeanine Webb

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