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why we  exist

        Bay Area Creative provides opportunities for creative expression and the study of the cultural impacts of famous and contemporary works of spoken word poetry that empower individuals to develop empathic communication skills and foster positive change in themselves and their communities. We work predominantly with families of color in under-served neighborhoods in the geographic areas of San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, Hayward, Daly City, Pacifica and San Jose.


     We envision a world where people listen courageously, speak thoughtfully and act equitably in times of conflict and in times of joy.

An image of a collapsed building. In the center of the photo in white letters says "I want my children to kneel and pray without the weight of a thousand crumbling buildings on their shoulders". -Deema A 7th Grade

"I want my children to be able to kneel and pray without the weight of a thousand crumbling buildings on their shoulders" 
- Deema A   7th Grade

what is slam poetry?

     Slam Poetry is a fusion of traditional poetry, hip-hop, story-telling, and theater. Students are given the tools to express emotions, challenge ideas, and educate audiences in a creative way. The performances are interactive and entertaining. Slams (performance poetry competitions) are held at city, regional, and national levels.

services provided

Poet Visits and Residencies: Local professional poets go out to school sites to run writing and performance workshops

After School Clubs: Local professional poets start after school clubs that learn advanced poetry techniques

Camps: Kids get to spend summers working on larger performance projects with other activities integrated

Poetry And Mixed Art Events: Local and youth poets share the stage for a few hours of creativity amplified


Professional Development: Professional poets work with teachers to offer strategies on bringing out student voice

Team Building:  Professional poets offer corporate team building workshops to boost morale, inclusion, and teamwork

Therapeutic Arts: Professional poets hold workshops to promote individual and family healing through spoken word

SPARC Ink Anthology: Youth writers and Bay Area Artists have their work published in annual book

Filmmaking:  Professional film makers work with students to create short videos based on their poetry

A playground. In white letters in the center is the poem quote, "My soul was bornon a playground. My heart came from the seasaw; it never stops teetering."

"My soul was born on a playground.
My heart came from the seasaw; it never stops teetering"
Daphne Y    7th Grade


"Imagine women have always been in a box. Imagine the sound of fists against metal walls slowly expanding the cramped space so we can make more room for our girls to escape"
Shelby B & Amanda E 6th Grade

Mission & Vision
Services Provided

 School sites & camps

Map of BAC sites

Elementary Schools

Cabrillo School



Melrose Leadership Academy


Ocean Shore School

Sunset Ridge​​


Vincent Academy

Vallemar School

West County Mandarin School

WCCUSD Schools

Middle Schools

Anthony Ochoa

Bret Harte 

Cesar Chavez


Martin Luther King


Ingrid B. Lacey


Summit Schools

High Schools

Black Diamond



Luis Valdez Leadership

Middle College

Sylvester Greenwood Academy


Summit Schools

Summer Camps

Camp Achieve

Camp Glide

Camp Pride

Stemulate Academy

Upward Bound

All Ages 

The Berkeley Slam

The Oakland Slam

Rich Oak Alchemy Slam

Schol Stes & Funders
Our Team

our team

Mike Taylor teaches spoken word to kids of all ages. He has performed on stages from San Francisco to London and he's led national poetry teams in competition. He founded the SPARC Poetry organization and continues to create workshops that connect to the youth from all walks of life.

Mike Taylor

BAC Executive Director 
SPARC Poetry Program Director
Teaching Artist

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     Patrick Ohslund has been a teaching artist and professional spoken word poet for over ten years. He has toured across the nation as well as internationally and has opened for renowned musical groups such as The Wailers. Patrick currently leads spoken word workshops for students ages five to 25, and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University. 

Patrick Ohslund

BAC Deputy Director,
Digital Storytellers Program Director

 Teaching Artist


Jenna Robinson

Program Director, Director

 Teaching Artist


Jenna Robinson a two-time grand slam champion of Hawaii Slam and has performed across the U.S. as a street musician and as a part of 6 national slam poetry teams, taking second place nationally in 2015. She has an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and works as a therapist with survivors of domestic violence and their children. She specializes in strengths-based, postmodern and intermodal approaches.

Teaching Artist


Camila Elizabet Aguirre Aguilar is a Xicana womxn, warrior, student, educator, and poet. Camila has slammed since the age of fourteen and competed in the 2017 National Poetry Slam on Team Oakland. For over a decade, she has workshopped performance poetry with underserved youth As a bisexual womxn of color, Camila explores the intersections of power and poetry. Camila currently teaches spoken word workshops in the East Bay

Camila Aguilar

Nazilah Jamison

Teaching Artist


Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam and sometimes reluctant superhero. Her first book of poetry, Evolutionary Heart, was released in Fall of 2016 on Nomadic Press. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

Kevin (Prophet) Wright

Teaching Artist


Kevin Wright is an MC, Spoken Word Poet and Arts Educator from Richmond, CA. He was a member of the 2016 Oakland Poetry Slam team and is one of the organizers for the Rich Oak Alchemy Open Mic, the Oakland Poetry Slam and the Berkeley Poetry Slam. Kevin was a founding youth advisory council member of the RYSE Center in Richmond where he later taught Spoken Word Poetry.

Jamey Williams is a professional spoken word poet, actor, rapper, and educator. He has taught poetry at a multitude of institutions including: college universities, juvenile detention centers, public schools, and community events. He makes sure that students experience a fun and safe community during his lessons.

Jamey Williams

Teaching Artist

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Collin Edmonds

Teaching Artist


Collin Edmonds, is an activist, singer, and poet hailing from Richmond, Ca. He is an organizer of the Rich Oak Alchemy Slam and Oakland Poetry Slam. He enjoys writing poetry, critiquing societal norms, and shattering expectations of black men in America.

His poetry is a reflection of the Hood and the identities it holds within its palms. Collin teaches spoken word, and inspires students to rise above their situations.

Bri Blue

Teaching Artist

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Brianni “Bri” Blue is a published author, spoken word artist and motivational speaker from Berkeley, CA. Bri’s passionate and emotionally-charged performances allow her to connect with audiences through empathy, relatability and inspiration. She was the Founder and Host of the weekly “Speak Easy” open mic series, and created the 'Unapologetically You' Awareness Campaign with a mission to uplift and empower women.

Jordan Abronson

Jordan Abronson

Teaching Artist

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Jordan Abronsonis a twenty-seven year old bisexual Jewish poet from the mountains of Santa Cruz. His background is in both poetry and theater. He believes in knowing when to hold, knowing when to break, and knowing when to burn. To him poetry is the crack you drive between the walls that keep us apart, and we need this now more than ever. Currently, Jordan leads spoken word workshops for Pacifica youth.

Fortino Vazquez

Teaching Artist


Tino V. H. Jr. is a  Mexican-American spoken word poet and organizer born and raised in Oakland, CA. He has performed with the UCSC CUPSI slam team and the Legendary Collective in Santa Cruz. His work explores im/migration, indigeneity, the hood, queerness, feminism, and decolonial frameworks. Tino makes a huge impact in the classroom working with k-12 students teaching spoken word.

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 Teaching Artist

Six Footah The Poet

Tasha “Sixfootah ThePoet” Turner is an African American Oakland, CA native, and a  lifelong Bay Area resident. Tasha’s poetry is a blend of passion, resilience and bold wordsmithing. On stage she  aspires to use her talent and personal story to inspire young girls in her  community to embrace their uniqueness and ignore negativity; reminding them that they are not alone in the world.

Jamie DeWolf’s diverse career as a performer and filmmaker has taken him from the lyrical brawls of the National Poetry Slam scene and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam to filming dangerous documentaries in the militarized streets of Kashmir. He’s written and performed with inmates at San Quentin Penitentiary and won “Performance of the Year” by NPR’s Snap Judgment.

Jamie DeWolf


Teaching Artist

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Jackson McBrayer

 Teaching Artist

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Raimone "Ghost" Bradford

Teaching Artist


our board

Seana Condit-Gordon

Board Chair


Jamie DeWolf

Board Member

Kiely Corti

Board Member

Mandy Bynum

Board Member

Gloria Tse

Board Member

Marcus Scott

Board Member​​

Kami Taylor

Board Member

our advisors


Katie Whitcraft

Casey Gardner


Charles Ekabumi Elik


Dre Johnson


Jason Bayani

Jonathan Harris

Kaitlyn Lucas

Ken Arkind

Maureen Benson

Mike Ting


Robert Bunce


Tongo Eisen- Marte

Reginald Edmonds

Jamey Williams

Patti Ohslund


our staff

Mike Taylor

Executive Director

Patrick Ohslund

Program Director

Jordan Abronson


Melissa Vo


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