Dear TLA Community:
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these long, hot, summer days.
As might be true for you, we have been deeply inspired recently by the power of words in these most troubling times. U.S. Congressman and longtime civil rights activist John Lewis wrote an important essay to our nation recently, published widely on the day of the Congressman's funeral in late July. Congressman Lewis' words are a testament to the power of a deeply compelling call to action embedded in meaningful context - the very essence of the power of words. If you have not yet seen it, you can read the full text of the Congressman's transformational message here.
We know many of you in the TLA Network are finding ways to use your voices to help raise awareness, offer perspective and understanding, and help guide our communities toward healing and hope. What are the words that have inspired you recently, that remind you to be your biggest, boldest, most courageous self, that keep you focused on your vision and your work in these challenging times?
We continue to be dedicated to growing the transformative language arts - empowering each of to find and use our biggest voices to effect the change we wish to see in the world. As John Lewis so eloquently wrote, "Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring."
To the Power of Words,
Welcome to the TLA Network!
We bring together and lift up individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation.
2021 Power of
Transformation, Liberation, & Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, & Sung Word
Join us Oct. 28 - 31
Immerse yourself in workshops, celebrations, open mics, and fierce beauty among 50 presenters -- storytellers, writers, performers, activists, educators, healers, and more.
We are thrilled to be featuring Joy Harjo, the U.S. Poet Laureate, as our keynote presenter. In 2020, Joy Harjo was appointed to serve for a second term as the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. Grammy award winning saxophonist Paul Winter says, “Joy Harjo is a poet of music just as she is a poet of words.” She is the author of nine books of poetry and a memoir.
We will be putting out the call for workshop and performance submissions in early 2021. Register here!
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