From the Bay to L.A. – poetry

7:30 p.m.

Bay Area poets Tongo Eisen-Martin & David Lau will be reading their work alongside with LA poets Rocio Carlos, traci kato-kiriyama & Mike Sonksen. Each of these scribes are seasoned voices that bring style on the page & the stage.

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Rocío Carlos is the author of Coyolxhauqui, Los Angeles (Archetype Press, 2012), A World Below (Mindmade books, 2014), and (the other house) (Archetype Press, 2016) and co-author of ex her pt (wirecutter collective, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Chaparral, Angel City Review, The Spiral Orb and Cultural Weekly. Most recently, her work was included in LACMA’s Pacific Standard time exhibition: Those of This America. With the poet Terry Wolverton, she participated in the DIS.ARTICULATIONS project through Entropy Magazine. Her collaborative book with the poet Rachel Mcleod Kaminer is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2018. She is co-publisher of the Wirecutter Collective and is currently completing a book entitled (the other house). She was selected as a 2003 Pen Center “Emerging Voices” fellow.  


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.



traci kato-kiriyama is an award-winning artist, community organizer, and cultural producer.  In community, traci is the Director/Co-Founder of Tuesday Night Project (presenter of art+community series, Tuesday Night Cafe, now in its 20th year and the longest-running Asian American mic series in the country).  She is also a steering committee member of the VigilantLOVE Coalition, working against Islamophobia and for safety through solidarity and healing initiatives.



David Lau’s 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, 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.



Mike Sonksen is a third-generation Angeleno who graduated from UCLA, where he was nicknamed Mike the Poet. While at UCLA he studied with Social Historian Mike Davis and Transportation Planner Brian Taylor. Sonksen has been published in magazines and websites like KCET, The Academy of American Poets, Los Angeles Review of Books, Southern California Quarterly and Wax Poetics. His city tours have been covered in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Guardian UK. His prose and poetry have been included in programs with the Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Made in LA,” series, Grand Park, the Music Center and the Friends of the Los Angeles River. Sonksen’s most recent book is Poetics of Location and he teaches at Woodbury University.