Dear Continuum FRONT 300 wide copy

“Generous in sharing her experiences and fears, she maps the locales, relationships, books, music, and spiritual touchstones of her coming to writing. Here, the developing poet will find the kind of encouragement and guidance one looks  for from a mentor.”  -Sharan Strange, Author of Ash, Creative Writing Faculty, Spelman College

“Ekere calls on the  spirits of her poetic forebears: Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton and Sonia   Sanchez, to join in as one communal voice championing the heroism and self-expression.”  -Dr. Jeffery D. Mack, Associate Professor of English, Albany State University

“Tallie’s knowledge, experience and deep insight caused me to wish that  as a young, ’60s poet, I’d had the good fortune to receive such a spiritual and literary gift.   Yes, our elders spoke to us, but few, if any, wrote to our generation with such compassionate understanding.” -Askia M. Touré, Poet, Activist, Djali, Co-founder of the Black Arts Movement  

“Ekere’s inspired and compassionate words illuminate a  grounded path of courage and self-care, offering each reader wise counsel to sustain them for the long haul.” -Camisha Jones, Poet, Split This Rock Managing Director


Karmas Footsteps - cover front - 300 wide

“Karma’s Footsteps is as fierce with fight songs as it is with love songs. Searing with truths from the modern day world she is unafraid of the twelve foot waves that such honesties always manifest. A poet who “refuses to tiptoe” she enters and exits the page sometimes with short concise imagery, sometimes in the arms of delicate memoir. Her words pull the forgotten among us back into the lightning of our eyes.” -Nikky Finney, author of Head Off & Split, 2011 National Book Award    

“Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie has fallen from the clouds with a book full of lyrical revelations for the women who are never seen or heard. Like Nikke Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Ntozake Shange, Tallie can bring you a flower, or can shoot a bullet depending on her environment. She provides us with the tools to scream out, send wake-up calls, and cast spells (for or on) our souls.” -Willie Perdomo, author of Where a Nickel Costs a Dime