Tony Medina

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Tony Medina is a 2-Time Bestselling Author

Tony Medina (Photo: WideVision Photography) was born in the South Bronx, raised in the Throgs Neck Housing Projects, and currently lives in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. He is the author of twelve books for adults and children, the most recent of which is the poetry collection, Committed to Breathing (Third World Press, 2003) and Follow-up Letters to Santa From Kids Who Never Got a Response (Just Us Books, 2003). Named by Writer’s Digest as one of ten poets to watch in the new millennium, Medina’s poetry, fiction and essays appear in over eighty publications (including anthologies and literary journals) and two CD compilations. His children’s books, DeShawn Days and Love to Langston (both illustrated by R. Gregory Christie) have garnered several awards, including the Parent’s Guide Children’s Media Award (2001), the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (2002), and the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award (2003). Among his three anthologies, In Defense of Mumia won The American Booksellers Association’s Firecracker Alternative Book Award and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam was named a Best Book of 2002 by The Washington Post’s Book World. His work has recently been published in African American Literature (Penguin Academics/Pearson Longman), edited by Keith Gilyard and Anissa Wardi.

Medina, who has taught English and Creative Writing at several colleges and universities for fifteen years, has earned his MA and PhD in Poetry and American and African American Literature from Binghamton University, SUNY. Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University in Washington, DC, Medina is featured in Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin’s documentary film Furious Flower II: Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition: Roots & First Fruits/Cross-Pollination in the Diaspora/Blooming in the Whirlwind (California Newsreel, 2005). Medina is featured in Poets Against the Killing Fields (Trilingual Press, 2007) and he is an advisory editor for Nikki Giovanni’s anthology, Hip Hop Speaks to Children (Sourcebooks, 2008). Featured in the Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature edited by Tarsia L. Stanley (Greenwood Press, 2008) and Cited (under the category of ’Hip Hop Literature’) in the Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture by Yvonne Bynoe (Greenwood Press, 2005), Medina’s forthcoming children’s book is a biography in verse entitled, I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009).

A frequent visiting author/speaker and writer’s workshop instructor for the New York-based non-profit literacy organization, Behind the Book (that sends authors in the schools to visit with at-risk youth and provides them with free books of the author’s), Community School 21, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Dr. Medina with two Tony Medina Days, during the winter and spring of 2008. Medina has currently been invited to participate in a forthcoming collective young adult novel for Candlewick Press, featuring Walter Dean Myers, et al.

You may Learn more about Dr. Medina at his official website

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My Old Man Was Always On the Lam (Nightshade Press, 2009)
Poets Against the Killing Fields (Trilingual Press, 2008)
Committed to Breathing (Third World Press, 2003)
Sermons From the Smell of a Carcass Condemned to Begging (Long Shot Press, 1998)
No Noose Is Good Noose (Harlem River Press, 1996)
Emerge & See (Whirlwind Press, 1991)

Young Adult
Follow-up Letters to Santa From Kids Who Never Got a Response (Just Us Books, 2003)
Children’s Books
I and I, Bob Marley (Lee & Low Books, 2009)
Love to Langston (Lee & Low Books, 2002)
Christmas Makes Me Think (Lee & Low Books, 2002)
DeShawn Days (Lee & Low Books, 2001)

Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (with Louis Reyes Rivera) (Random House/Three
Rivers Press, 2001)
Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature & Art (with Samiya Bashir
and Q. Ali Lansana) (Third World Press, 2002)
In Defense of Mumia (with S.E. Anderson) (Writers and Readers, Inc., 1996)

Advisory Editor
Hip Hop Speaks to Children edited by Nikki Giovanni (Sourcebooks, 2008)
Catch a Fire: A Cross-Generational Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (Riverhead Books,
1998 edited by Derrick I.M. Gilbert (Riverhead Books, 1998)

As Editor
The Subtle Art of Breathing by Asha Bandele (Moore Black Press, 2005)
Fast Cities & Objects That Burn by Sharrif Simmons (Moore Black Press, 1999)
The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth by Jessica Care Moore (Moore Black Press, 1997)

Tough Love: Cultural Criticism and Familial Observations on the Life and Death of Tupac ShakurTough Love: Cultural Criticism and Familial Observations on the Life and Death of Tupac Shakur
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edited by Kwame Alexander & Michael Datcher

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The BlackWords Compliation Album - Volume 1Medina is also included on the Jazz Poetry Kafe: The BlackWords Compilation CD

Click here to here Tony Medina read a poem, live from the 360 event (summer 1998).

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