Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. San Francisco Arts Commision award-winning poet Tony Robles focuses on a hunger strike held in April and May 2016 in protest of a number of local police killings. Robles also speaks of incarceration with a unique eye within the lens that is Frisco. The continuing displacement and neglect of elderly and low-income residents in the face of property development build another topic of concern, emerging from the poet's great love of San Francisco and all its inhabitants. Kim Shuck, the current Seventh Poet Laureate of the city, maintains that "Robles does the work on the streets and on the pages" while he "speaks of the city as a relative with a life threatening illness: with love and anger."
Tony Robles was born and raised in San Francisco. He is the author of FINGERPRINTS OF A HUNGERSTRIKE (Ithuriel's Spear, 2017) and COOL DON'T LIVE HERE NO MORE (Ithuriel's Spear, 2015) as well as two children's books, Lakas and the Manilatown Fish and Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel, written for his son, Lakas. He is co-editor and a revolutionary worker scholar of Poor magazine. In 2010 he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Mythium Literary Journal for his short story, "In My Country." Robles is also a housing rights advocate and board member of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation. He currently lives in Oakland with his wife Tiny and his son Tibu. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA