Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie’s first collection of poetry, Karma’s Footsteps, was released by Flipped Eye Publishing in September of 2011. She is the Poetry Editor of the literary magazine African Voices. Her work focuses on women, race, ancestry, violence and the healing power of art and has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine).
She was also featured on The Missouri Review Soundbooth as a runner-up in their 2014 audio poetry contest. Tallie’s work has been the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” She is the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. She has taught literature and composition at York College and Medgar Evers College in New York City. Her work “Strut,” a collaboration with a photographer, deals with body-image, self-acceptance, and investigates the role of capitalism in women’s issues about their appearances. Excerpts from the the series will be published in Hysteria magazine.
Her book Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation is forthcoming in spring 2015.