Terisa Siagatonu

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning touring poet, teaching artist, and community activist born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her voice in the poetry world as a queer Sāmoan woman has granted her opportunities to perform in places such as the White House (Obama administration), the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, and the San Francisco Women’s March. She received President Obama’s Champion of Change Award for her activism as a poet and organizer in her Pacific Islander community.