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hip-hop artist (rapper), writer, activist & educator.

Maddy “MADlines” Clifford 

MADlines aka Maddy Clifford is a rapper and arts educator. Aside from receiving her MFA in Poetry from Mills College, she has also spent the past ten years sharpening her skills as a lyricist. MADlines has released numerous independent albums, videos and performed widely.

She is currently co-founder of BrujaLyfe, a curatorial platform that throws events and facilitates healing forums intended to move women from the margins to the center of hip-hop. When she’s not teaching or organizing shows she’s hard at work on a new album in her band, FR333


Maddy has several years of teaching experience, mainly in underserved communities of color.  She’s worked with such organizations as Powerful Voices, Oakland Leaf, Youth Speaks, Streetside Stories and, most recently, she was awarded a WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant. Maddy uses hip-hop and spoken word to bring the magic of literacy to communities in need! She’s taught workshops in her hometown of Seattle, in San Francisco, Oakland and even in Africa.    

Maddy served as a Hip Hop Ambassador to Uganda through the Next Level Program, a project of the U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  

These days, you’ll find Maddy facilitating weekly poetry workshops at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center through her project, Free Me Fast.


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