Bold poetry, past and present

Ekere Tallie “refuses to tiptoe,” says author Nikky Finney. Tallie’s poetry tackles some touchy historical subjects, from racial justice to her family’s struggles in the Jim Crow South.

This New York-based poet also examines topics that put her squarely in the present, including life as an African American in the post-September 11 age. Ekere Tallie also focuses women’s issues—- a natural fit for Mars Hill College’s Women’s History Month programs.

“Tallie’s poetry provides an illuminating perspective on history,” says English professor Adrienne Akins. Her work also focuses on modern topics that the college hopes will connect with young people. “Hearing Tallie read and speak about her poetry could be helpful and inspiring for students who have dealt with these issues,” says Akins.

Tallie is the author of Karma’s Footsteps  and Mother Nature: Thoughts on Nourishing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit During Pregnancy and Beyond. Her interests outside of poetry include motherhood and herbalism.

Ekere Tallie will speak at Mars Hill College on Wednesday, March 28 at 8 p.m. in Spainhour Hall in the Moore Building. The program is free and open to the public. Info: or 1-866-MHC-4-YOU.



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