Paulina O’Kieffe is a Toronto entrepreneur, spoken word artist, community worker, program facilitator and youth activist who has been working and performing across Toronto. The former coordinator of R.H.Y.M.E. poetry collective (Revolutionaries Honoring Your Mind’s Eye), Paulina is influenced by her diverse background and her work in multiple communities, bringing her passion to the page and the stage. Paulina’s appearances include the Toronto International Poetry Slam in 2007 and RUKUS: Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Conference for youth held at York University in 2010.
Paulina has been using spoken word to teach young people in a number of communities and organizations about self-education, expression and empowerment. Paulina’s role as an artist-educator and spoken word artist has allowed her support, engage and inspire youth in a manner that transcends the way the education system occasionally presents barriers to learning for young people by not making alternative methods available.