SPD is proud to announce that Tongo Eisen-Martin is the winner of the 2018 California Book Award for Poetry!
The annual California Book Awards, which began in 1931, recognize the state's best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of literature written in California. Monetary prizes are given in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, young adult literature, first work of fiction, Californiana and notable contribution to publishing. 

someone's dead already

(Bootstrap Press, 2015)
By Tongo Eisen-Martin

"Eisen-Martin's syntax lands somewhere between Sphinx and Thelonious...through poem he makes spare, efficient, wild-eyed jazz...rubs mud and accountability into the pores of the zeros and ones in the glass and steel city. Throughout SOMEONE'S DEAD ALREADY, I return to the wonder of the writer's economy of language, how deftly the words infuse their amulet casings with blood temperature at the edge of boiling. This work is as hungry as revolution, a necessary, deadly still in these shifting times..."-Marc Bamuthi Joseph


Heaven Is All Goodbyes

(City Lights Publishers, 2017)
By Tongo Eisen-Martin

"The tesseraic language of Tongo Eisen-Martin's HEAVEN IS ALL GOODBYES brings a new, shared articulation to the intricacies and interconnections of grief and life, speech and site, state and inhabitant, violence and landscape. Here, polyvocal assemblages gather and revolt against our 'porcelain epoch / succeeding for the most part / dying for the most part / married for the most part to its death.' This is resistance as sound."-Claudia Rankine


Learn more about the California Book Awards here.

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