Timaj Girad

Timaj Garad is a Toronto-based Ethiopian multi-disciplinary storyteller, using poetry, theatre, and music to bring her stories to life. Her art is autobiographical, working at the intersections of a black Muslim woman challenging injustice, unearthing truths, and healing. As an award-winning Artist, Timaj Garad has graced over 200 stages and facilitated several arts-based workshops. Timaj is known for creating and leading community arts programs such as Stellar (R)evolution: a poetry & theatre series for Black Muslimahs, Poetic Heartwork wellness poetry series, Project Heartwork: a multi-arts wellbeing series for Muslimah Changemakers, and LUMINOUS Fest – Canada’s first Black Muslim Arts Festival, to name a few. She is the co-founder of Kitchener-Waterloo’s first Slam Poetry organization – the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam (KWPS), Co-Editor of the From the Root Zine launch and sits on advisory committees for some of Toronto’s leading . In 2012, Timaj was awarded the City of Waterloo’s Top 40 under 40 award for her arts contributions to the Kitchener-Waterloo community. She’s currently working on a debut album and poetry collection to be released Fall 2019. Timaj believes in the transformative power of the arts to meaningfully engage in capacity building and strengthening communities. You can follow her work at timajgarad.com