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Workshop | West Oakland to West Africa: Facilitating an International Poetry Exchange

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In this workshop participants will learn about the West Oakland to West Africa poetry exchange and slam in which Oakland artists traveled to Ghana to participate in a collaboration with Ehalakasa an Accra based artist collective. Participants will have the opportunity to write Renshi poetry and learn about growth opportunities and challenges and learning applications of spoken word in the virtual world and between cultures.

Karla Brundage

Founder of West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange

Tyrice Brown

Tyrice Brown was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was brought up around Southern Black women who engrained their herstory in her hair, skin, soul, and mind. Her work represents their stories, and she writes from the perspective of being Black and female in America (including all the complexities that come with that identity). She is a warrior for women’s rights, and has worked with numerous nonprofits from the West Coast to Virginia that support the mission of educating and protecting marginalized women. She has a Masters Degree in English/Creative Writing and Bachelors Degree in Women’s /African American Studies. She currently works in higher education as an advisor. Her poetry is published in Our Spirits Carry Our Voices, and she is the web consultant for West Oakland to West Africa an international poetry exchange. She now resides in Texas and is working on a book about her hometown.

Yibor Kojo Yibor, aka Sir Black

Yibor Kojo Yibor (Sir Black) lives in Ghana. He considers himself a Social Servant by day and a performer by night. He is co founder of Ehalakasa a spoken word poetry Community. He is very much involved in organizing spoken word and slam events, workshops and youth development projects in schools and communities in collaboration with local, international and cultural institutions.

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