Tongo Eisen-Martin

2018 YBCA 100 Honoree

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet whose books include someone’s dead already(2015) and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (2017). As a movement worker, he has organized against mass incarceration and extrajudicial killing of Black people throughout the country. As an educator, he has taught at Columbia University, Rikers Island jail, and San Quentin State Prison.