Mariska Araba Taylor-Darko is a published writer, poet and motivational speaker. She has published several books. “The Secret to Detoxifying your Life and Love”, Rhythms of Poetry in Motion, Vol 1,” “The Iced Water Seller”, an eBook titled “A Widow must not speak” , “The Deer Hunt” and “King Goat Aponkye.” She is in the process of completing three children’s books titled “I Love Ghana”, Princess Affia the Warrior” and “King Goat and the Horrible Corona.” Her poems are featured in anthologies such as “According to Sources” by Martin Egblewogbe, “Ellas (Tambien) Cuentan” by Federico Vivanco, Inspiration African Voices, Door of [No] Return, Our Spirits carry Our Voices, and Sisters Across Oceans and various Blogs. Including www.oneghanaonevoice.com which is an online poetry site. Her short story, “The Proud Peacock” was selected for an anthology in “Story, Story, Story Come” published in East, West and Southern Africa and another short story “Escaped” was featured in the anthology Resilience. She has also been published in Jambo, an East African magazine. Mariska has performed on stage and at Festivals in Ghana and the United Kingdom. She is a long time collaborator with The Women Poets International Movement (Mujeres Poetas Internacional, MPI Inc.) in partnership with the Grito de Mujer®.
Mariska also has two blogs, www.africanwomanspoetry.blogspot.com and www.fantimaame.wordpress.com She has also been featured on various radio chat shows and has read her poetry in London at the “Find Your Voice” motivational monthly event, at Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana and during the Unbridled Tongues Women’s Poetry event held in Osu, Accra during the International Women’s Day. She has also performed at Bless the MIC, Alewa and Ehalakasa Talk Party.