Matt Sedillo, Irene Sanchez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Greg Palast
Schedule: Sunday, 10 a.m.
Poets have thus far elegantly, joyfully, painfully, brutally described the world, the point however, is to change it. Formed in June of 2018 in the bay by Tongo Eisen-Martin, Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo, California Poets for Resistance is a collective of California poets seeking revolutionary change in this time of political crisis. The collective is deeply honored to be joined on this panel by legendary investigative journalist and poet in his own right Greg Palast.
In this panel the participants will share their work and discuss the role of poetry and the arts in general in political resistance. This is art made with political purpose. These are words said with goals in mind. This is writing as fighting.
As featured in the LA Times, CSPAN and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, born in El Sereno, California in 1981, Matt Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing – a fearless, challenging and at times even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory – is a reflection of those realities. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is in turn a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, the artistry of Matt Sedillo is a clarion call for all those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable.
Irene Sanchez is an educator, poet, writer, and public scholar. Her poetry/writing/work has been featured by KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, KPCC-Southern California Public Radio, Latino Rebels, Telesur English, Inside Higher Education, NASPA, The American Federation of Teachers, The Huffington Post and more. Irene is honest and deliberate in working for social justice. This is reflected in her writing, teaching, speaking and workshops. As an educator of Race and Ethnic Studies, Irene believes in empowerment through knowledge and culture. She is the co-founder of The Southwest Political Report and founder of Xicana Ph.D. Blog where you can find some of her writings. She is a danzante of the Aztec/Mexica tradition. She is the co-host of a monthly poetry open mic in Pomona, CA called Poetry y Pan. In 2017 she received a fellowship to attend The Pink Door writers retreat and is a VONA 2018 alum (Poetry workshop with Willie Perdomo). Now based out of the San Gabriel Valley in LA County, Irene teaches high school Latinx Studies and can often be found at a community/cultural event with her family. For more information see www.irenesanchezphd.com
Tongo Eisen-Martin: Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet. 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.
Greg Palast has been called the “most important investigative reporter of our time – up there with Woodward and Bernstein” (The Guardian). Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine.