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Tahani Salah

Poetic Voice for Palestine

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Date of Birth:



Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Why Featured?

Influential Poet and Activist for Palestinian Rights

Brief bio

Tahani Salah is a Brooklyn-based spoken word poet, educator, and activist known for her dynamic performances and deep commitment to community and cultural issues. Her work often explores themes of identity, social justice, and the Palestinian experience.

Major Milestones


  • Spoken Word Recognition: Gained recognition on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and was a member of the 2007 Nuyorican National Slam Team.

  • Academic Achievements: Graduated from Columbia University and has served as a professor, educating others on poetry and social issues.

  • International Performances: Her poetry has taken her around the world, from the Apollo Theater in NYC to universities across continents including South Africa and Germany.

  • Community Leadership: Worked extensively with nonprofits like Urban Word NYC and the Arab American Family Support Center, focusing on youth and community empowerment.

  • Creative Collaborations: Featured in the documentary "Deaf Jam," where she collaborated with a deaf poet to bridge the hearing and deaf communities through poetry.

  • Advocacy Through Poetry: Utilizes her platform to voice issues facing the Palestinian people and other marginalized communities, promoting social change through spoken word...See More

  • Educational Programs: Develops and leads programs that use poetry to educate and empower young people, particularly in urban communities.

  • Cultural Representation: Actively participates in cultural events that highlight and celebrate Palestinian heritage, contributing to broader cultural understanding.

  • Public Speaking and Performances: Engages audiences worldwide through powerful performances and talks that advocate for social justice and community dialogue...See More

  • Community Engagement and Leadership: Serves on various boards and committees aimed at supporting arts and community development, influencing policies and initiatives that support marginalized groups.

Date of Last Update: 
June 26, 2024

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