Welcome to the TransformatJimmy Santiago Bacaive Language Arts Network! We support individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. Here’s what new with us:

“How can one diminish the power of words and what they have done to me? They’ve changed my life, taught me to love, described what deep learning is, opened my eyes, shaped my speech, all bound together and much more to give me an amazing life, and this conference swells with that importance. It’s the epiphany and epicenter of using language to learn to love ourselves and others.” — Jimmy Santiago Baca

Power of Words conference: Sept. 18-20, 2015, Kansas City (at beautiful Unity Village): Register now for this life-changing conference. Keynoters include writer Jimmy Santiago Baca, playwright Darren Canady, spoken word artists/actors/writers/activists Sha Cage and E.G. Bailey, and poet and writer Xánath Caraza.


Classes also help fulfill requirements for the New TLA Foundations Certification.

TLAThe Word Artist in the Public Square

Denise Low

Changing the World With Words: Transformative Language Arts Foundations with writer, facilitator, and coach Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA. Six weeks: October 12 – November 16. Explore how TLA can be practiced through writing, storytelling, performance, song, and collaborative, expressive and integrated arts

New! The Word Artist in the Public Square: with Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus, writer, author, and mentor Denise Low. Six Weeks: Nov. 2 – Dec. 13. Learn ways the individual can keep artistic integrity and be effective in the cross-currents of public presentations of creative works–and learn how to engage in the public square of readings, social media, reviews, contests, and conferences.

Sneak peek at 2016 winter-spring classes here.

Help us raise funds for scholarships, including support for people of color, youth, and people living with serious illness or disabilities. Learn more here about your tax-deductible donation.

Become a Member Today! Join for $35 to receive discounts on classes, the conference, and to help us thrive and grow.