Poet to visit WWU, provide creative writing workshop

Poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie will be at William Woods University
Feb. 25 to do a poetry reading, question and answer session and creative
writing workshop. The reading and
Q&A will be held at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium and is free and open
to the public.
 
Tallie is a writer, educator and performer. Her writing deals
with silence, sexism and racism. She has taught writing and performed her
poetry in North America, Europe and Southern Africa, and she was the recipient
of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant.
 
Critics say her poetry is powerful and exciting to read. Her
first book of poetry, “Karma’s Footsteps,” was published in 2011 and is
available on Amazon.
  
Tallie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in mass
communication at Clark Atlanta University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in
English and Creative Writing at Mills College. She is an adjunct lecturer in the
English Department at York College in Queens, N.Y.
 
She has taught at Pratt Institute, Medgar Evers College and
Bedford-Stuyvesant Street Academy High School, all in Brooklyn. In 2004-05, she
taught grammar, analytical reading, editing and creative writing to 200 college
students at Rundu College of Education in Namibia as a volunteer with the
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH).
 
Tallie is also an herbalist and
incorporates this into her everyday life for her family’s health. She used her
knowledge of herbs and the earth to keep her balance while she was getting her
poetry published, visiting schools, teaching her daughters and grading
papers.