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Award-Winning Poet to Read at Pitt-Johnstown

Award-Winning Poet to Read at Pitt-Johnstown

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TalliePoet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie will be performing her work on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.

The event, sponsored by Pitt-Johnstown’s Humanities Division, is free of charge and open to the public.  A book signing will follow.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a dynamic, passionate performer of poetry at universities and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa, and her poetry is the subject of the short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Published widely in literary journals, her first collection of poetry, Karma’s Footsteps, was released by Flipped Eye Publishing in 2011. Tallie was awarded a 2012 Queens Council in the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora and she is poetry editor for the journal African Voices.

Tallie’s poetry deals with silence, sexism, racism, ancestry, and the healing power of art and has been praised by poet Nikky Finney as “searing with truths from the modern day world.” Her words, Finney writes, “pull the forgotten among us back into the lightening of our eyes.”
Tallie lives in New York City and has taught at York College and Medgar Evers College in NYC.

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Tallie’s appearance marks the eleventh anniversary of the annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Reading, begun in 2004 and made possible by a generous endowment from UPJ alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz. Previous poets have included George Bilgere, Mark Doty, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Mary Ann Samyn, Lynn Emanuel, Terrance Hayes, Nick Flynn, Thomas Lux, Marilyn Chin, J. Allyn Rosser, and Mark Halliday.

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Posted by Natalie Bombatch on 2/13/2014 1:40:00 PM