Karla Brundage


Karla Brundage is a Bay Area based poet, activist, and educator with a passion for social justice. She is the founder of West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange.


  1. Blood Lies: Race Trait(or)

    A poetic exploration of ancestry, unraveling the complex history behind terms like “mulatto,” “octoroon,” and “quadroon,” while also delving into Brundage’s personal experiences as a 21st-century woman.

    1. Literary Arts
  2. West Oakland to West Africa

    West Oakland to West Africa provides a sustained exchange to connect members of the African diaspora and Africa through creative writing. Our core values are to create a safe place for the transparent healing and growth of Black people.

    1. Literary Arts
  3. Colossus:Home

    Colossus: Home is a collection of Bay Area writers speaking out on the atrocities of the housing crises in Oakland and in support of Moms4housing. Editors: Sara Biel and Karla Brundage

    1. Literary Arts
  4. Clarion Alley Mural Project: Wall + Response

    A series of curated poetic works celebrating the murals of Clarion Alley to raise awareness about wraphome.org and Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) efforts to keep art in public spaces and advocate for affordable housing.

    1. Literary Arts
    2. Arts & Culture
    3. Street Art
  5. Our Spirits Carry Our Voices

    Hot, new poetry written by poets in Ghana and Oakland, California. Using the renshi style these poems create a bridge between cultures.

    1. Literary Arts
  6. Mulatta: Not So Tragic

    “Mulatta—Not So Tragic?” embraces and emphasizes the importance of friendship, conversation, criticism and love between creatives. In this time, of Black Girl Magic, a book about Black Girl Friendship seems essential.

    1. Literary Arts
  7. Sisters Across Oceans

    An anthology of poetry generated by using Renshi style poetry to create a much needed conversation between influential Black women across the diaspora.

    1. Literary Arts
  8. Lake Walking Revolutionary Talking

    1. Arts & Culture


  1. Literary Arts

    Spoken Word, Narrative Poetry, Personal Narrative, Memoir
    Writing, Editing, Teaching, Performance & Reading
  2. Arts & Culture

    Community Engagement
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