Poetry Reading with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Event: Poetry Reading and Booksigning with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie*

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Time: 3pm

Place: Cook Library Art Gallery

Sponsors: The Center for Black Studies, The Committee on Services and Resources for Women, The Department of English, and the College of Science and Technology

BIO: Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a writer, educator, and performer. She has been a featured speaker at universities, festivals and events throughout Europe and North America.  Her work  deals with silence, sexism and racism and it has been published in Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, Go, Tell Michelle (SUNY Press), Listen Up! (One World Ballantine Press) and Revenge and Forgiveness (Henry Holt Publishers). Tallie’s work has been the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Her first collection of poetry, Karma’s Footsteps, was released by Flipped Eye Publishing in September of 2011. She is the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. She currently teaches at York College in New York City.

“Ekere Tallie’s new work ‘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, 2011 National Book Award winner

*The reading/booksigning is free and opened to the public in celebration of Poetry Month in April.

**Poetry workshop, Wednesday April 17th, LAB 364 10am-12pm. Pre-registration required by April 12th.

***Contact for more information and to register for workshop: Sherita.Johnson@usm.edu or 601-266-4068