Haijin and Curator of The House That Pulse Built 

As Haijin (a writer of haiku poetry), my life journey is the stuff my haiku are made of…life constantly amazes me! It’s pleasures, pains and secrets are the infinite source of my creativity. As a Feminist writer of Black and Native American descent, i am a spiritual activist, bearing witness to the boldness of my ancestors of Place…my ancestors of Blood…and my ancestors of Tradition. Indeed, i am a grateful daughter of the universe. As a digital cartoonist, my ‘haiku-toons’ are fashioned like beams of fantasy…i direct them outwards towards the imagination, with the hope of warming hearts and stirring minds.

Active in community arts since 1992, i learned my craft from  veteran Black Arts Movement writers and visual artists Malkia M’Buzi, Askia Toure Sam Grisham and Robert Earl ‘Bashiri’ Price. Since that time, i have published, recorded and performed my work throughout the United States and Europe. My poetry and media art speaks of ancestral memory, philosophy, love, politics, spirituality, history and herstory. Through community storytelling, i am able to create collectively with other artists, to transform my personal truth as a Black feminist writer, into a shared human experience.

Writing/Literature Studies:

University of Erfurt, Germany Certificates (2010 – 2014)

Early American Literature; American Ideas (from the Mayflower to the Inauguration Speech 2013); Supernatural Shakespeare (Macbeth and The Tempest)

edX Coursework Honor Code Certificates (2015 – 2016)

University of California, Berkeley – “A Christmas Carol” by Dickens; “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Twain; “Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus” by Shelley

Georgetown University – “The Divine Comedy: Dante’s Journey to Freedom”

SmithsonianX – “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture”

Theological & Spiritual Studies:

Catholic Theology & Philosophy Coursework and Certification – University of Erfurt, Germany (2013 – 2014)

ULC Seminary / theological protocol for Doctor of Div. (2015 – 2016)


Sharifa’s Favorite Things (WEA / Downbeat Records) 1995

Sharifa’s Legacy (One World Music) 2000

The Ripple Effect (One World Music) 2007

Rough Ground (One World Music) 2014

Mami Digital (Funk-o-tronic Records) 2016

Rize Abuv (Tunecore) 2016

Soul Sanctuary (Tunecore) 2016


Hiphop H.A.I.K.U. Vol. 1 (Infinity Publishing / Amazon.com)

Philly Wall – Hiphop HAIKwU Vol. 2 (Amazon.com)

contact:  dietramalik@gmail.com

Digital Haiku-Cartooning:

Repository to be found at http://www.toondoo.com (Search:  artwriter 1)

info for WATU HAIKU cartoons




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