Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) which Split This Rock named a Spectacular Book of 2015 and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). She served as Poetry Editor of African Voices from 2013 to 2017. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies including  North American Review, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, Mom Egg, The Golden Shovel (The University of Arkansas Press), The BreakBeat Poets (Haymarket Books), and  Listen Up! (One World Ballantine).

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Tallie was featured on The Missouri Review Soundbooth as the runner-up in their 2014 audio poetry contest. Her work is the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” She was awarded a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. She has taught creative writing and English in Namibia, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom and across the United States. She also taught literature and composition at York College and Medgar Evers College in New York City.


Long interested in combining poetry with music and images she has co directed a number of cine poems and collaborated on a project called The Quiet Onez with Ahi Baraka. Tallie has also worked with photographer Dominique Sindayiganza on a project called “Strut Too” that deals with the body and self-acceptance.  Her first children’s book Layla’s Book of Happiness will be published this year by Enchanted Lion Books. Her book of poetry Strut will be published in 2018 by Agape Editions. Tallie earned an MFA from Mills College.  

(photo by Dominique Sindayiganza)