A Day in the Life: Q+A with Fariha Tayyab

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Hi y’all – I’m Fariha. I’m a storyteller and transplant from Texas! I’ve been self-employed as a writer and photographer for a few years. Check out my website here. I reside in Northwest Columbus with my spouse, foster son, and two kitties. Among other things, I’m a lover of language and culture. A lot of my creation as an artist, educator, and community builder revolves around equity, social justice, and radical reimagination.


My morning schedule is manifold! I wake up for pre-dawn prayer and may spend the dim-lit hours on holistic health by meditating, reflecting, or doing yoga; otherwise, I try to nap before the day gets going. Then, around 8 am, I listen to Democracy Now, and regularly find myself scrambling to get my son to the bus stop and gather my belongings. If I’m able to sneak an extra few minutes in, I might prepare a breakfast wrap or smoothie for the road.

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My afternoons are usually on the go. I commonly teach, attend meetings, and work on client deadlines. This requires hopping between classes, Zora’s House, and ethically sourced coffee shops. Sometimes, I squeeze in my own personal deadlines and spend significant time submitting my writing or photography to journals, editing specific pieces for opportunities, or reviewing for a talk or performance.

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My evenings are seldom slow. I often do a bit of catch-up work on a community project or find myself at various poetry readings or art showcases around the city. In the late-night hours, I occasionally experience random bursts of inspiration which leads me on a writing spree! Otherwise, when I finally settle in bed, I am ready to crash, but I still try to read a page or two or reflect and share gratitude in my journal.