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Author Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie to give Poetry Workshop, Reading April 17

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Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, a renowned writer, educator and performer will present a poetry workshop and reading Wednesday, April 17 on the Hattiesburg campus. Her programs will be free and open to the public and presented by the Southern Miss Center for Black Studies in celebration of Poetry Month.

The author ofKarma’s Footsteps,Tallie will present the workshop at noon in the Liberal Arts Building, room 364 (with pre-registration required by April 12) and the reading at 3 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. A book signing will follow.

Tallie 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), Listen Up! (One World Ballantine) and Revenge and Forgiveness (Henry Holt).

Her work has been the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Karma’s Footsteps is her first collection of poetry and was released by Flipped Eye Publishing in September 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.

For more information on this event or to register for the workshop, contact Dr. Sherita Johnson and sherita.johnson@usm.edu or Dr. Cheryl Jenkins at cheryl.jenkins@usm.edu. For information about the Center for Black Studies, visit http://www.usm.edu/interdisciplinary-studies/center-black-studies.