14012436171_dbb4fb47dd_kWelcome to the Transformative 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:


Let’s Talk TLA! A Web/Phone Q&A Followed by a Poetry Open Mic! Free! Hosted by Kelly DuMar with Laura Packer, Thurs, August 20, 2015, 8pm (Eastern)

IMG_2158Not Enough Spoons: Writing About Disability and Chronic Illness with disabled writer, performer, and educator Angie River. Six weeks: July 6, 2015 ­ – August 16, 2015laura packer

Creating a Sustainable Story: Self-Care, Meaningful Work, and the Business of Creativity with storyteller, writer, coach, and communications consultant Laura Packer. Six weeks: July 27 – August 31

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

Jimmy Santiago Baca“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. 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.

Chrysalis: A Journal of Transformative Language Arts: Deadline for submissions of creative work, narratives of doing TLA in your community, and/or scholarly issues is July 1.

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