Isa Nakazawa

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Oakland, CA

Isa Nakazawa is an Oakland-based writer, event producer, cultural strategist, and astrologer. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2008 with a dual degree in Sociology and American Studies, Isa jumped coasts to join Youth Speaks, one of the country’s leading spoken word and literary arts organizations, as a teaching artist and poet mentor. She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at BAVC Media, a community media hub and resource for media makers in the Bay Area, serving over 7,500 filmmakers, activists, and artists every year. No matter the medium, Isa leads with her curiosity, attention, and fundamental belief in the interconnected nature of the liberation of all people. Shake the syntax, shake the world.

“I believe that knowledge is produced through the interaction between vital and engaged people. I know that NLI will enable this kind of intentional and generative exchange for our cohort to connect and deepen both our individual and collective creative practices.”