Who is the TLA Network?


Members of the TLA network include poets, novelists, therapists and counselor, ministers, grant-writers, youth development workers, computer programmers, school teachers, English professors, master composers, and folks from many walk of life that want to connect to each other and support the development of language used for liberation, growth, and celebration. For more information about some of the individuals in our Membership, a great place to look is in the TLA Practitioners Directory & Map.

Managing Director

Hanne Weedon comes to TLAN with 20 years of leadership and program development experience in not-for-profit and government-funded organizations. A longtime community, arts and social justice advocate, she resonates with the goals and values of the TLA Network. A first-generation American, Hanne's ties to family and friends overseas run deep, and her appreciation for, understanding of and dedication to building representative, inclusive and diverse communities is a core aspect in all her work. To say her name (it's Norwegian): Hah-nah. 


TLA Network is governed by a council, the membership of which is arrived upon annually. In council, we come together as equals, all drawing on our gifts and working with our challenges cooperatively to forward the mission of the Network. The council convenes by phone regularly and in person at the annual meeting.

Council Members* & Committee Chairs for 2019 are Liz Burke-Cravens* (Chair), Caleb Winebrenner* (Conference Chair),  Joe Maldonado*, Lyn Ford*, Chip Cummings*,  Joanna Tebbs Young (Certification Chair), Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Classes Chair), and ex-officio member Hanne Weedon*.

Liz Burke-Cravens is a poet, interdisciplinary educator, and writing coach passionate about narrative and arts-based approaches to personal and social transformation. She works with adult students, working-class identified groups, university faculty, LGBTQIA+ communities, women living with the aftermath of sexual assault and harassment, feminist activists, and poets/writers of all kinds. She serves as TLAN's Council Chair and on the Teaching TLA Certification Committee.

 Caleb Winebrenner is a storyteller, poet, and teaching artist who explores the intersections of the arts and humanities. He is fascinated by theknowledge and wisdom in a room when people gather to learn and create, and he believes that teaching is a form of TLA.He serves as TLAN's conference chair, on the classes and the Teaching TLA certification committees.

Joe Maldonado is a supervisor at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York and has a degree in counseling from Long Island University. A long-time TLA practitioner, he serves on TLAN's social media committee. He also does the TLA Network podcast series.

Many titles, one big ol' heart, Lyn Ford is: a fourth-generation Affrilachian storyteller; a teaching artist and story coach; an award-winning author; a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, and a great-grandma. Lyn has facilitated TLA online classes and Power of Words Conference workshops, and, through her "Heartworks",  invests in the promise of empathy, creative thinking and world community.

Brenda Magnetti

Advisor: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg founded TLA at Goddard College and the Power of Words conference. The former poet laureate of Kansas, she is the author of over 20 books of poetry, memoir, and fiction, and offers workshops, coaching, presentations, and readings widely. With Laura Packer, she co-leads Your Right Livelihood.

Council photo: Liz, Caleb & Joe, Lyn.

Please see the contact us page to get in touch. 

"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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