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Maddy “MADlines” Clifford

“A rap bar is a spell in four counts. Choose your words wisely.”

Maddy believes in poetry’s power to transform, heal and empower communities impacted by trauma. Her faith is rooted in her own personal journey of self-discovery and resilience through hip-hop lyricism, writing and performance.

She’s been rapping for the past fifteen years, first as a Youth Speaks Seattle Slam Champion and later as an avid performer based in Oakland. She has spent the past eight years teaching poetry in detention centers, after school programs, college campuses—even as far away as Uganda.

Maddy holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College; her expertise allows her to lecture, curate, rock crowds and create music that speaks to contemporary politics. Stay up to date on her most recent projects below.

FREE ME FAST - Free Me Fast showcases Maddy’s work as a Poet in Residence at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center. She teaches weekly creative writing classes to all youth housed at the facility. Maddy has also had the opportunity to visit Alameda and Contra Costa County Juvenile halls.

FR333 - FR333 is a Goddess Trap duo made up of Allie “XOA” Howard (producer) and Maddy (rapper/vocalist). Together, Allie and Maddy have performed at Yerba Buena for the Arts, recorded at the legendary Fantasy Studios and recently completed a Zoo Labs music residency. Their second EP, TH3 BODY, was released December 2018.

BRUJALYFE - Maddy created the hashtag #Brujalyfe in 2015. Since then, Maddy has gone on to curate several successful Brujalyfe events, all with the goal of centering womxn/LGBTQX healers and creatives. She is currently running the collective and has a clothing line of the same name. Special thanks to Akonadi foundation for their continued support.

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