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VIRTUAL: Wall + Response: Heather Bourbeau, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Aileen Cassinetto & Chris Stroffolino

November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Booksmith and The Bindery are proud to host a four-event series presented by Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) called Wall + Response, featuring sixteen Bay Area poets responding to the social/ political/ racial/ justice narratives of four murals on Clarion Alley.

Curated by CAMP artist and organizer Megan Wilson (wall) and poet Maw Shein Win (response), the first event in the series features Heather BourbeauAileen CassinettoTongo Eisen-Martin and Chris Stroffolino responding to the mural Justice for Luís D. Góngora Pat by Marina Perez-Wong and Elaine Chu, working with Justice4Luis.

This virtual event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.


Wall + Response was originally conceived to culminate in four quarterly public events to be presented on Clarion Alley with the SF Poster Syndicate live printing posters. However, due to the pandemic the poets will instead be filmed by videographer Mahima Kotian reading their work in front of the murals on Clarion Alley. Kotian will be creating videos for each series that will be presented as part of live online events (of which this is the first). All the events are free and open to the public.

The poets are creating new poems in response to the murals, and will be reading those and other selected works at the events. The specific dates for each event will be announced in the month prior to the event.

Wall + Response is made possible by the generous support of the San Francisco Art Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


Heather Bourbeau’s fiction and poetry have been published in 100 Word Story, Alaska Quarterly ReviewCleaver, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, The Cardiff Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature. She is the Chapman University Flash Fiction winner and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been featured in several anthologies, including America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance and Resilience and Respect: Poems About Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press). She was a contributing writer to Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond with Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. She has worked with various UN agencies, including the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia and UNICEF Somalia.

Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Widely anthologized, she is the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Asahi ShimbunThe Banyan ReviewMoss TrillThe Nonconformist Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vox Populi, among others. Aileen is the curator of the social justice-themed reading series “Power to the Poets” and the forthcoming Peninsula virtual book festival featuring new releases from SF Bay Area writers.

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco, California, and received an MA from Columbia University. He is the author of Someone’s Dead Already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), which was nominated for a California Book Award, and Heaven Is All Goodbyes(City Lights Publishers, 2017), which received the California Book Award and an American Book Award. A poet, movement worker, and educator, 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.

Chris Stroffolino currently lives in Oakland, California and teaches English at Laney College. He’s published several books of poetry and essays, and may sometimes be heard—but not seen (in the social distancing era)—playing trumpet in a hidden location at Lake Merritt.


January 2021: Karla Brundage, Jennifer Hasegawa, Tureeda Mikell and Kim Shuck responding to the work We Want Respect, Freedom, Land, Housing, Justice, Peace, Bread by Emory Douglas/Black Panther Party / remix by CUBA D8, Mace

March 2021: Celeste Chan, MK Chavez, Paul Corman-Roberts and Tim Xonnelly responding to the mural Affordable Housing/Vivienda Asequible by the SF Print Collective working with the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)

June 2021: Youssef Alaoui, Jason Bayani, Genny Lim, and Michael Warr responding to the mural The Will To Live by Art Forces, Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC), and Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)


Megan Wilson is a visual artist, writer, and activist based in San Francisco. Wilson has been a core organizer of Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) since 2001. In 2018 she co-directed and co-organized (with Christopher Statton and Nano Warsono) CAMP’s second international exchange and residency project, Bangkit /Arise between artists from Yogyakarta, Indonesia and San Francisco/Bay Area in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum of San FranciscoThe second phase of the project will take place 2021-22.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and teaches in the Bay Area. Her poetry chapbooks are Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. She was a 2019 Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016 – 2018), and her poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in October 2020.

You can read more about CAMP and Wall + Response here.

This virtual event is free and open to all ages, but RSVP is required.



November 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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