Fariha Tayyab
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2019 Appearances

FALL - Convicted lyrics: performance #2 at Streetlight Guild

Time and location TBD

August 10 - Convicted lyrics: performance at Marion

Come support Healing Broken circles for a Convicted poets performance! This show is the culmination of a six month poetry collaboration with five extraordinary Columbus poets and five extraordinary poets in prison. The group will perform at the prison in August, with a second local Columbus event (utilizing Skype) this fall. This is also a fundraiser for programming, so we appreciate any love you can give to: https://columbusfoundation.org/the-giving-store/nonprofit-directory-listing/HBC/10439

April 28 - Poetry panel and gallery opening: Stand up against racism

As part of YWCA USA’s national Stand Against Racism campaign, YWCA Columbus is working with local artists to highlight organizations in our community whose fight for justice aligns with our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and standing for dignity for all. Leaders of C.R.I.S., US Together, and the People’s Justice Project will share about the work they are doing in our community, and how they take a stand against racism every day. Three local spoken word artists will also share a powerful piece on racial justice and social isolation.

This event will take place at Columbus Museum of Art, in celebration of the opening of the Center for Arts and Social Engagement—an experimental gallery that fosters nuanced consideration of complex social issues through engagement with art, artists, and one another. The opening theme for CASE is isolation and alienation. With this partnership, and this year’s Stand Against Racism campaign, we are hoping to shine a light on these dark spaces and widen the circle of belonging in our communities.

April 16 - Creative Cuts : Columbus creatives ensemble

5th anniversary open house at The Lincoln Theatre

March 23 - Poetry reading: One Billion Rising


Incarcerated men rise up in solidarity to end oppression and violence against women. This is the third 1 Billion Rising event at Marion Correctional.ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION HEALING BROKEN CIRCLES

We provide opportunities to heal, learn, and thrive for those touched by the justice system.


We are living in a time of upheaval and transformation.

Together we have been rising to free women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence) from sexual and physical violence in its more overt and obvious forms: rape, battery, incest, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, sexual slavery and trafficking, child marriage, femicide, sexual-gender and reproductive oppression and violence towards LGBTQIA+ communities. And, we have had many victories.

As we come into our 7th year of One Billion Rising, we are faced with bigger challenges. To end violence against women, we must commit ourselves to a deeper examination of violence in all its forms. Along with sexual and physical violence, we must also look at systemic violence in economic, political, socio-cultural, environmental and ideological spheres.

As we continue to Rise to end violence against women– it is imperative now for us to expand our understanding of women’s oppression and exploitation in the context of capitalism, colonization, racism, imperialism, environmental plunder and war. We have been compartmentalized and divided for too long. Our Rising must now connect our specific oppression to the common universal humanity that binds us all. This is no less than a way of life, a way of seeing, a way of being in the world.  It is not one day that we rise, but every day that this consciousness must rise in all we do.

We call on you this year to be braver, go deeper, reflect, study, listen, learn, awaken to what you don’t know, ask the difficult questions, engage, take actions, and push yourselves out of your comfort zones physically and intellectually.   We call on you to commit to resistance and solidarity.

Because Rising is no longer a campaign – it is a way of life.


March 10th —- Poetry reading : Women of the Wise

Scripted in Black Reading Series

A Reading + Sisterchat Featuring:
- Naki Akrobettoe
- Tyiesha Radford Shorts
- Fariha Tayyab
- Tiffany Williams

Join us for a special collaboration between Zora's House and Scripted in Black on March 10, 2019 at 5pm as we explore powerful, transparent, and raw words that depict the many layers of Black and Brown womanhood. As WOC we wear many hats and those duties have much intersection which causes us to always live on the frontline. We need a release through relation with other WOC to know we aren't alone. Let these Women of The Wise take us on an exploration of that journey through a curated performative reading followed by a Sisterchat!

About Scripted in Black:
Scripted in Black, an interdisciplinary creative collective, was founded in 2017 by Dayton native and Theatre Creative Dana Graham. The WOC Reading Series was introduced as the collective's first installment. This intimate + performative reading series features works from local WOC writers and playwrights which center around the Black and Brown womanhood experience while highlighting different perspectives and celebrating the magic within the everyday stories of Black and Brown women. This series has created community and sisterhood in a liberated safe space through the art of theatre and writing.

Scripted in Black gained its name through the idea of black being the result of the mixing of all the colors on a spectrum. We are wanting to create a safe and thriving platform that sheds light to the narratives and experience of all the shades of people of color creatives.


2018 Appearances

December 13 Poetry reading and holiday fundraiser


November 9-10 — ‘The Leader Within: Addressing Our Inner Violence’

Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio: Construction Zone

Is violence just physical or active? By identifying and recognizing passive violence, we can shift the way we interact with the world to create waves of harmony and tolerance. Passive violence is seen on a daily basis in the form of judgement, neglect, apathy, and oppression—all of which subconsciously exist within each of us. This non-physical, passive violence generates anger in victims, which can then turn into active or physical violence. In this session, learn how to shift your thoughts, perspectives, and mindsets to create change from within.

July 21-July 22 - ‘Art and Social Justice: Creating ripples in murky waters’

Making Midwest Festival #2 One Better

Do one better. Make one better. Be one better.

To DO one better is to push your creative ability further than you did yesterday. To MAKE one better is to use your creative ability to make others better. To BE one better is to join with others to make your community stronger.

The Midwest is a leader in the creative industry. From Chicago, to Detroit, to Pittsburgh, Nashville and everywhere in between, the Midwest is home to the most passionate and hardworking people in the country— Making Midwest is our collective flag, planted. A proud showing of what we make, how we make it and why. And most importantly, our shared stories, as we grow and push each other to be the very best — we are Making Midwest.


June 9 — ‘Create your own superhero’ poetry workshop


Are you a Whovian? Still waiting on your acceptance letter from Hogwarts or Camp Half-Blood? Perhaps you love anime and manga? No matter your fandom, we'll celebrate it! Come dressed in costume and we'll play games, share artwork and fanfiction, and hang out with other girls.

May 26 -- ‘The womb’ themed poetry performance

"Working Cures: A Night of Healing through Poetry," inspired by the book Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations by Sharla M. Fett, is a night of literary art and discussion surrounding issues of reproduction, motherhood, and intimate partner violence.

The work presented by Columbus-area poets is designed to facilitate discussion around the issues while working to heal community members who have both direct and indirect experiences with the themes.

Admission to the event is pay-what-you-want and all proceeds will go to the ROOTT (Reproductive Justice Organization of Central Ohio).


April 28 — ‘Brother(sister)hood and Equity: What it means to really be there for one another’ dialogue

Muslim Unity Day

A day to bring together the Muslim youth of Columbus to discuss contemporary issues, build relationships, and have fun.

April 20-21 - “Ubuntu: Solidarity and Struggles” speaking session

“Iron Faith’ 9th annual youth conference. Have you built yours?

How does one build iron faith? How does one seek this undeterred and unfettered belief in a higher power? 
How does one build the strength to sustain and persist in faith when the storms of society and battles within us seek to knock it down? 

Join Us. Let’s Build our Faith. Iron Faith. Unwavered. Persistent and Strong.


2017 appearances - 

December 9 - 'Addressing our inner violence' workshop

Our annual LEAD STEM Expo this year is centered on empowering our future generations of leaders to choose more careers in STEM fields, develop the spirit of entrepreneurism and explore the tenets of successful business ownership. In addition to inspirational speakers the event opportunities include technology workshops, engineering, college readiness, communication, healthcare, cultural awareness, social responsibility, competitions and leadership panel discussions.


October 9 -  'Art for Change' workshop

G.I.R.L. 2017 is for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) who wants to stand up, take charge, and change the world, for her and for all of us. From October 6-8, 2017, G.I.R.L. 2017 will draw more than 10,000 of the brightest, toughest and most capable girls and women in the world for an event that only comes once every three years!


Date TBD: Speaking at 'American Dream' session with Peace Catalyst

July 12 - 'Faith restored' poetry reading

Eid celebration with young professional women

Please contact for more details

April 29 Poetry Slam 'Stand up Against Racism' 

YWCA Stand up Against Racism campaign 2017
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.