Palast & California Poets for Resistance Perform Regime-Changing Verse in LA

Nicole Powers

California Poets For Resistance

Greg Palast and the California Poets for Resistance (CPR) will be performing regime-changing verse in LA on Sunday, in the morning at 10AM at the Left Coast Forum and in the evening at 6 PM at Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center. Hear Palast’s latest, “I Shot Donald Trump,” “Harvey Weinstein,” plus his investigative-pulp-non-fiction story in verse about the Deepwater Horizon murders. Palast will be joined by CPR Slam champ Matt Sedillo, Irene “Killah” Sanchez and Tongo Eisen-Martin, who just won the American Book Award!


California Poets for Resistance @ Left Coast Forum
feat. Matt Sedillo, Irene Sanchez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Greg Palast
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 10 AM — 11 AM
LA Trade Tech College, Room TE-111,
400 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
$25 for a one day pass. Register via Eventbrite.


California Poets for Resistance @ Beyond Baroque Literary / Arts Center
feat. Matt Sedillo, Irene Sanchez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, and Greg Palast
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center,
681 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291
Event is free. Register via Eventbrite.


Matt Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in El Sereno, California in 1981 — an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing is a fearless, challenging, and at times even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory, and is a reflection of those realities. The poetry of Sedillo is a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, the artistry of Sedillo is a clarion call for all those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable.

Irene Sanchez is an educator, poet, writer, and public scholar.  Her poetry/writing/work has been featured by KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles, KPCC-Southern California Public Radio, Latino Rebels, Telesur English, Inside Higher Education, NASPA, The American Federation of Teachers, The Huffington Post and more. Irene is honest and deliberate in working for social justice. This is reflected in her writing, teaching, speaking and workshops. As an educator of Race and Ethnic Studies, Irene believes in empowerment through knowledge and culture. She is the co-founder of The Southwest Political Report and founder of Xicana Ph.D. Blog where you can find some of her writings. She is a danzante of the Aztec/Mexica tradition. She is the co-host of a monthly poetry open mic in Pomona, CA called Poetry y Pan. In 2017, she received a fellowship to attend The Pink Door writers retreat and is a VONA 2018 alum (poetry workshop with Willie Perdomo). Now based out of the San Gabriel Valley in LA County, Irene teaches high school Latinx Studies and can often be found at a community/cultural event with her family.

Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, Someone’s Dead Already, which was nominated for a California Book Award. Originally from San Francisco, he is also a movement worker and educator who has worked in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in The New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His latest book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award.

Greg Palast has been called the “most important investigative reporter of our time – up there with Woodward and Bernstein” (The Guardian).  Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC TV’s Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine.

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