Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker and educator. He has taught in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California county jails. He designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest 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 of poems titled, Someone’s Dead Already, (Bootstrap Press) was nominated for a California Book Award. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.
Kurt Schweigman is co-editor of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016). His poetry appears in Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (Michigan State University Press, 2008). Kurt was a featured poet at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge 12th Biennial Poetry Festival and the first spoken word poet to receive an Archibald Bush Foundation artist fellowship in literature. Although retired from competition, he has won Poetry Slams across the United States and in Germany. Kurt has a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma. Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, he now resides in Oakland and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
John Twaddell “Ye’es”, is of the Tsimshian First Nations, Gitando Tribe. John is of the Gisbudwada Clan literally translated as Black Fish commonly known as Killer Whale. John maintains cultural identification and oral traditions through association with the California Indians Story Teller Association and the San Francisco Tlingit & Haida Community Council which he actively supports and participates as guest story teller. He has participated in Cultural Events held at North West Indian College, Bellingham and Tlingit & Haida Cultural celebration in the San Francisco Bay Area.