Terisa Siagatonu

Terisa Siagatonu
Senior Poet Mentor
tsiagatonu@youthspeaks.org 
(415) 255-9035 EXT. 14

Terisa Siagatonu

Terisa Siagatonu is a Senior Poet Mentor at Youth Speaks. She is an award winning poet, arts educator, community organizer, and mental health advocate born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the spoken word world as a queer Samoan womyn and activist has granted her opportunities to perform in places ranging from the White House to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. A recipient of President Obama’s Champion of Change Award (2012) for her activism as a spoken word poet/organizer in her Pacific Islander community, Terisa’s writing blends the personal with the political in a way that calls for healing, courage, justice, and truth. Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, CNN, NBCNews, NPR, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, Button Poetry, The Guardian, BuzzFeed and Upworthy. She is currently a member of the 2017 Root Slam Poetry Slam Team representing Oakland, and helped her team place 5th in the Nation at the 2017 National Poetry Slam competition. Terisa is also involved in community organizing and is one of the co-creators of The Root Slam, an open mic/poetry slam venue based in Oakland, CA. Terisa holds a Masters in Marriage/Family Therapy from USC, aiming to merge art and therapy throughout her healing work both on and off-stage. For more on Terisa, visit website

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