Yoko A. Tamada

Media Coordinator / Video Editor

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Yoko A. Tamada is a writer, filmmaker, and overall creator. Her natural affinity for knowledge has paved the way for her many collaborations with artists all around the world. She works with the non-profit Get Lit Words Ignite, performing poetry at dozens of schools around California and animating for their digital content studio. She has performed at the United Nations as a Peace Ambassador, TOMS, Stay Gallery, Def Poetry Lounge, and Los Angeles Center Studios. She has also collaborated with Why We Rise, San Pedro’s Mental Health Clinic, Emmy-award-winning Kimberlee Acquaro, and March For Our Lives with an educational video about gun control that introduced Demi Lovato in Washington D.C. She was also featured in actress, producer, and director, Pamela Adlon's show Better Things on FX, performing her original spoken word poetry.

Yoko was the first place winner of the prestigious Carlos Segovia Heart of Compassion Award and Scholarship, which rewards young writers for their kindness and devotion to their community through service. She is also the winner of the Why I Rise International Poetry Competition and 2019 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador Finalist for the city of Los Angeles. Yoko has a profound love and appreciation for her community and for sharing educational resources and opportunities with those regulated to the margins. She is currently studying at San Francisco State University, with a major in Cinema and Race & Resistance Studies and a minor in Queer Ethnic Studies.

Yoko was the first place winner of the prestigious Carlos Segovia Heart of Compassion Award and Scholarship, which rewards young writers for their kindness and devotion to their community through service. She is also the winner of the Why I Rise International Poetry Competition and 2019 Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador Finalist for the city of Los Angeles. Yoko has a profound love and appreciation for her community and for sharing educational resources and opportunities with those regulated to the margins. She is currently a teacher’s assistant at Cerritos College and a San Francisco State University gator.

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