My name is Tatjana Rebelle (they/she) and I am a mother, activist, organizer, writer, performer and promoter. I have lived in Indianapolis most of their life. Which is where I learned to use my writing to deal with growing up in the midwest as a bisexual, biracial child of an immigrant. In 2007 I founded and curated an event called VOCAB. An all-inclusive monthly spoken word and live music event that I will be stepping away after 13 years.
I have been fighting for social justice for communities of color, QTBIPOC rights for several years on my own. In the past I worked for American Friends Service Committee, combating Islamophobia, white supremacy, and fighting for Palestinian liberation. AFSC gave me the chance to follow in my idol, Bayard Rustin’s, footsteps in taking a nonviolent stance against global and local oppression. For almost 2 decades my goal was to bring art and activism to the people that need to hear it the most, with every action they take.
Now I’m looking to find who I am outside, literally and figuratively. I purchased a 1995 GMC Rally STX that I will be converting for traveling. Over the years I found that being out in nature has always been where I feel most at home. This is now my time to pour into myself, like I have my community and this is where I’ll be sharing that journey.