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Maddy Clifford


Writer. Rapper. Educator.



Maddy “MADlines” Clifford is an Oakland based literary artist, musician, educator and curator; she holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and raps in a hip-hop duo called FR333.  Maddy also curates healing community events through the collective she founded in 2015, Brujalyfe.


Inspired by poetry’s capacity to empower youth impacted by legacies of mass incarceration, Maddy has devoted the past eight years to teaching poetry in diverse settings—from detention centers, to after school programs, to college campuses. Her workshops cultivate students’ innate creativity, all while expanding literary capacities.


Maddy’s ultimate goal is for marginalized communities to get free; her artistic practice is rooted in Abolition, a vision that imagines an end to our society’s reliance on punishment and policing and towards artistry and healing.