Tongo is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His curriculum on the extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His books include, Someone’s Dead Already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), Heaven Is All Goodbyes (2018 California Book Award and 2018 American Book Award), and Blood on the Fog: Pocket Poets Series No. 62 (City Lights, 2021). He is San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate and the co-founder and editor of Black Freighter Press.
*Tongo featured in “Power to the Poets: Poets of Color for Change” and “Power to the Poets: Black History Month,” organized by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, as well as the 2020 San Mateo County Peninsula Virtual Bookfest and Skyline College’s 2018 National Poetry Month Celebration.