Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Strut (Agape Editions), Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) 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. Tallie is the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Tallie earned an MFA from Mills College. She’s currently a Ph.D. student at Brown University.


Her first children’s book, Layla’s Happiness, is published by Enchanted Lion Books

Written by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin
ISBN: 978-1-59270-288-6

“What is happiness to you?” That query drives this marvelous debut, a poetic accounting of the elements that make up childhood fulfillment, narrated by a girl named Layla. – New York Times Book Review