Tony Medina Publishes Latest Collection of Poetry: An Onion of Wars

phati’tude contributor Tony Medina, a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People for DeShawn Days (2001) and I and I, Bob Marley (2009),  has published his seventh collection of poetry, An Onion of Wars (Third World Press). This latest collection is a satirical and surprising commentary on contemporary issues facing young and old alike. His mastery of language, imagery, conversation, and voice permeates each and every selection within this 100-plus page volume. The Caribbean writer and novelist Jan Carew shares the following: “The poetry . . . is complex. It strips the street to its simplest common denominator of survival and tears off layer upon layer of stark realism.” An Onion of Wars is available for sale on

Medina has spent much of his adult life living in Harlem. He is the author/editor of sixteen books for adults and young readers. His anthology, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (co-edited with Louis Reyes Rivera), was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year (2001). His poetry, fiction, and essays appear in more than ninety anthologies and publications, and he is the author and editor of two previous Third World Press titles, Committed to Breathing (2003) and Role Call (2002).

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