OLAA Executive Director
& Artistic Liaison for Programming
Kent W. Martin is the founder and director of the Oklahoma Literary Arts Alliance (OLAA), an organization dedicated to promoting self-expression, civic engagement, and life-long personal growth through the literary arts. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College. Later, his graduate studies in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa emphasized multi-cultural counseling and advocacy. His thesis project led him to found and organize Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) in Tulsa, which supports youth expression through performance poetry. Working with teaching artists, the program combines year-round curriculum workshops, in-school residencies and an annual “slam” poetry competition.
Teaching literacy. CHANGING LIVES.