Dear TLA Community:

We hope you and your loved ones are doing well in this complicated and challenging time. We know many of you - the writers, poets, storytellers, spoken word artists, musicians, activists and more who make up the TLA Network - continue to find ways in the current crisis to use your voices to help raise awareness, offer perspective and understanding, and help guide our communities toward healing and hope. We appreciate the work that you do in the world.

We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for us as a Network, and as a leadership team. With a strong lineup of upcoming classes, exciting fall programming in the works, and an incredible Power of Words conference to look forward to in the fall of 2021, we are determined to come out from the other side of this challenging time in better shape than when we started. 

We wish to thank longtime volunteer and mentor Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for all the work she has done to help build this organization over close to two decades. As founder of the TLA Network, Caryn played a pivotal role in developing every aspect of the organization, and has mentored and welcomed countless new TLA-ers into our ranks. We wish Caryn the very best as she moves on to launch new initiatives. See Caryn's thoughtful letter to the TLAN community here.

We continue to be dedicated to growing the transformative language arts - empowering each of us to find and use our biggest voices

To the power of words, 

Liz Burke-Cravens

Council Chair


Hanne Weedon

Managing Director

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. 

We offer:

2021 Power of

Words Conference

Transformation, Liberation, & Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, & Sung Word

Join us Oct. 28 - 31
at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, N.M.!

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!

Join the TLA Network today to save on the conference now and on classes and other offerings later.

Get Certified in TLA

We offer a certification in Transformative Language Arts Foundations, an introduction to TLA in theory and practice with a focus on ethical work, community networking, and TLA in action. To learn more, go here.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 873 Lansdowne, PA 19050 USA

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