Who Is Your Teacher:
Baraka Blue is a poet, musician, author, and lyricist from Seattle, Washington. He is highly decorated within the global artist community for his original synthesis of hip hop and spoken word poetry with the tradition of mystical poets such as Rumi and Hafiz. In addition to releasing multiple studio albums, authoring books of poetry, and performing internationally, Baraka Blue is a prolific educator with a master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has performed and taught all over the world, including at institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2018, Baraka Blue founded the Rumi Center for Spirituality and the Arts which provides online courses to seekers from anywhere in the world. Baraka Blue has also conducted creative writing workshops for K-12 schools, universities, cultural and religious centers, and various organizations worldwide. His current research and teaching focuses are Sufi poetry, Sufi psychology, Islam in the West, and Islamic Art.