Sharifa Tartoussi

Sharifa is a poet and spoken artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). Their performance journey has seen them crowned the APS Victorian Champion, open for Sierra DeMulder as part of the MSWPF showcase and has seen them feature at several festivals and events around the country. Their written work has been published in several local and international literary magazines, including white ash and Cordite. In the arts organization space, they were involved in the co-founding and convening of GriffinSpeak, a spoken word event that preferentially champions the voices of BIPOC artists and is on the production team at Slamalamadingdong, Australia’s sole PSI certified slam. Their first chapbook, Colourblind, was released in 2018 and explored issues of their Muslim-Arab identity in a western context, they are currently working on releasing their second body of work which focuses on themes of healing, growth and the ever-changing dynamic that is identity.


ACT I: Marigolds If I should drive out to the country in my most abjuring dreams Let there be marigolds growing on the highway Yellow and cheerful and hungry for sun Constant and timeless and vulnerable Let all the passenger-seat …

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On Blood and Handprints

We talk about blood – the way it pools in basins and nails, turns brown when you leave it to soak too long and stains. Tayta has lived in this house forty two years
 and learns to repurpose her memories, …

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