About Ekere

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“She reminded our community that poetry, at its best, should startle and console, disturb and uplift, provoke and heal.  If you’re looking for a poet who will offer your students hope and guidance and give your audience a performance to remember, then Tallie should be your first choice.” Eric Schwerer, Associate Professor, The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


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.