Anna Talhami is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, and sacred provocateur. Her work has appeared internationally: on film, stage, in print, in national museum and gallery exhibitions, and on TV, including ABC Family, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), MTV and many others. She has recent poetry in Rattle and Life as Ceremony. Her new work, We Put Our Bodies on the Altar, an interactive art installation incorporating her poetry, debuts at Root Division Gallery in San Francisco in January 2020, with her accompanying performance on closing night. This past year, she performed her poems on WBAI’s Radio Bloomsday in New York City and at the 2019 Theopoetics Conference in Oakland, California, among other events, and she was invited to create installations of her writing as text-based art at the Alena Museum and at Omni Commons. She has developed, written, directed and produced documentary series, including on transgender advocacy and youth imprisonment. While innovating in creative spaces, she has created, organized and participated in peace building and collective trauma healing in the US, Middle East and Europe.
The short film she directed, Becoming Henry, is now at the The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., following a film festival and museum tour across the U.S. Her art for peace and human rights have shown in galleries in the U.S. and Romania.
With her partner, she co-founded the Bahebak Project, to change the conversation to love.