The ‘Artist Profile’ blog series features interviews from artists who have contributed to our current issue. Fatima Tall is 17-years-old and wrote the poem “Loud Woman” for the Spring 2015 Issue.
1) Introduce yourself.
Hi, my name is Fatima. At the current time I am 17 and living in Caldwell, Idaho. The things I enjoy are teen activism, speech and debate, and spoken word poetry. Basically, anything that involves sharing my voice and thankfully all three of these platforms are perfect for that. It’s a relief to know that I won’t be hauled away if my “big mouth” tends to get a little too passionate.
2) What kind of artist are you? What inspires you to create?
I don’t know what kind of writer I am. In some way I prefer it like that. It avoids the opportunity for me to be categorized, and that is something that I honestly fear. But then again not knowing what am I could cause some problems. I guess all I can say is that the injustice in this world will be the thing that forever drives me to make some difference. Even if that difference is seen through the simple phrasing of words that sit inside of me. This is one of the reasons why I joined the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. By becoming a teen intern/activist I have found an outlet that allows me to truly make a change in my community. And this social justice work will always find a way into my writing.
3) Tell us about what you submitted for this issue and why you wanted to share it.
I submitted my poem “Loud Woman” and I believe I entered it because too many girls these days are shamed for speaking up. I never want to see an individual not share something because they’re scared someone’s going to tell them to shut up. I and everyone else on this planet should be able to say something.
4) What does GirlSense & NonSense Magazine mean to you? Tell us what you think about the magazine.
It makes me so happy to see that there is a form of media out there that actually positively advocates for women and girls. It’s a platform for young people to express their true individuality without the negative societal backlash that many girls do receive today. People need to know that their expression through any medium will take them that much closer to the people they want to be and the person inside of them that they want others to really see.
5) Share a favorite quote.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
– Maya Angelou