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about

photo by Basil Gilfillian

photo by Basil Gilfillian

born and raised in Philadelphia, khaliah d. pitts is a lifelong creative (and self-proclaimed griot), continuously searching for new forms of expression and storytelling. although her primary medium is writing, she finds herself exploring creation through curating events and spaces of art and liberation, crafting wire jewelry and decor, and, most often, cooking, eating and gushing about food. she dedicates her work to preserving health + culture, building community + documenting the stories of the African diaspora. khaliah is also a well-practiced public health educator, trainer and facilitator to audiences of all ages.

in 2016, she co-created Our Mothers’ Kitchens (OMK), a culinary + literature project for Black folk, which is recently counted itself among the 2018 cohort for the A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Social Engaged Art.

as a Master of Public Health candidate at Temple University, khaliah created Confidence In Culture (CIC), a theory of health model aimed at increasing self-efficacy through cultural pride. receiving numerous scholarly accolades and awards, this model became the foundation of a culturally-relevant dietary curriculum of the same name. february 2017, a 4-week version of CIC was piloted at Sunday Suppers. these lessons are still apart of Sunday Suppers curriculum today.

khaliah has had the honor of having her writing published in Blackberry: a magazine (2013), the Dig Deep Facing Self Anthology 'Dream a Drowning by my Tongue' (2014), The Fem Lit Mag (2016), ‘From Our Kitchens: Recipes from the Philadelphia Assembled Kitchen’ (2017) on which she also acted as editor, Vagabond City (2019), A Gathering Together Literary Journal (2019) and forthcoming in the anthology ‘A Garden Of Black Joy: Global Poetry From The Edges Of Liberation & Living' (2019/2020).

khaliah is currently creating, manifesting a number of literary, culinary and artistic projects and is always open to collaboration.