Tony Medina is one of the more prolific writers of color effectively shaping the new literary renaissance. He has published four volumes of poetry, including Emerge & See, which Amiri Baraka included in his 1992 "Summer Reading List" in American Visions magazine. Medina has also edited two published anthologies. One of them, In Defense of Mumia, co-edited in 1996 with S.E. Anderson, won The American Bookseller Association's Firecracker Alternative Book Award. Tony's work is featured in the anthologies: In The Tradition, Aloud, Soulfires, Tough Love, Spirit & Flame, and Identity Lessons, as well as many literary and popular-culture publications. Tony was also a literary consultant for Catch the Fire: A Cross Generational Anthology of Afrikan American Poetry, edited by Derrick I. M. Gilbert.
A college English professor, Medina is always on the lookout for
opportunities to reach out to the community and help foster a love for literature. He is committed to using his children's books to promote literacy and solidarity among urban youth. His children's books include DeShawn Days, Christmas Makes Me Think, and a special tribute to Langston Hughes, Love to Langston, (Lee & Low, 2002) illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. This series of poems, written from Langston Hughes' point of view, offers an overview of key elements and themes in Hughes' life.
Mr. Medina is also the author of a collection of poems titled Follow-Up Letters to Santa From Kids Who Never Got a Response, published by Just Us Books. Tony is currently working on a collection of poems for elementary grade students that will also be published by Just Us Books.
Follow-Up Letters to Santa From Kids Who Never Got a Response