Performance | 2018 Poets-in-Residence

December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the culminating event of our 2018 Poets-in-Residence program. Raina León and Tongo Eisen Martin will perform their poetry at a reading to celebrate their work created during the inaugural Poets-in-Residence program at MoAD. Tongo will also make his musical solo debut! Joining Raina and Tongo will be guest poet Arati Warrier, who worked with the Poets-in-Residence and her Creative Writing class at Arise High School.

This program will include a wine reception.

Raina J. León is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016).  She has received fellowships and residencies with Macondo, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, among others.  She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. 


Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. 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 of poems 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 and received the California Book Award for Poetry in 2018.

Arati Warrier is a South Asian American poet from Austin, TX, by way of diaspora. She graduated from UT, Austin in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies. She featured on the final stage at Women of the World Poetry Slam 2014, is a recipient of the Andrew Julius Gutow Academy of American Poets prize, and is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion. Familiar with both the stage and the page, Arati has been on five slam poetry teams, was awarded “Best Poem” at the national collegiate poetry slam, and has been published in Junoesq Literary Magazine and The Aerogram. She has opened for poets like Dominique Christina, Denice Frohman, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Sam Sax, and Sarah Kay. Arati’s other interests include dancing, reading, and loving intentionally. She currently works as a part time vegetable enthusiast and a full time high school English teacher.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation