Mohamed Tall

Mohamed Tall served as the 2017 Baltimore City Youth Poet Laureate and the 2016 Grand Slam champion. He is a former Baltimore City Poet Ambassador, as well as the 2 time Muslim Interscholastic Tournament spoken word champion. Mohamed has opened up for various entertainers such as Native Deen, the former National Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway, and Congressman Elijah Cummings. Since 2015, Mohamed has worked as a teaching artist in Baltimore city middle schools creating safe spaces for young students to be heard. A current Political Science major at Morgan State University, Mohamed believes that art is at the forefront of every revolution.

Too Broke to Die

Too Broke To Die is a collection of poetry that examines the dual struggle that exists in America when you’re both Black and Muslim. Mohamed Tall seeks to articulate the complexity of this reality by compounding both Mohamed’s love for poetry and literature, with his inherent love for HipHop. The poems are rhythmic, but daring, and encompass what life is like for a young Black man coming into himself under the guise of capitalism and white supremacy.

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Accomplishments

Awards

'18 Quarles Undergraduate Research Scholar '17 Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellow '17 Youth Poet Laureate '16 Baltimore Youth Poetry Grand Slam Champion '14 Joe Mann's Black Wall Street Recipient

Presentations

'19 March, "Poets as Documentarians and Preservationists.", presented at 43rd Annual National Council for Black Studies '18 Nov, "African American Poets as Documentarians", presented at 3rd Annual Benjamin A. Quarles Conference, Morgan State University '18 Light City Festival '17 AFRAM Festival '15 Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Convention