Tarishi M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Shuler
Tarishi Shuler is an artist who goes by the name M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. His pseudonym is an acronym which stands for Messiah Is Dominant Now Inspired GOD Helps Tarishi. Tarishi being his birth name is Swahili for messenger. He was raised by the three most important women in his life, his Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother. These three women were the ones that shaped him into the person he is today. Having all of these ingredients and most importantly the main element in his life GOD, has brought M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. to this junction on his journey. Tarishi uses art to tell his and other people stories through spoken word. Poetry has giving him the opportunity to meet new people and learn in the process.
Tarishi Shuler is a native of New Haven, CT. He now resides in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and won various poetry slams across the country including the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, The Nuyorican Café in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Yale University, New Haven, CT, The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge where he won the title of Lizard King, MA, Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, CA and many more. He has won the Yale Peabody MLK & Zannette Lewis Invitational Slam in 2017 & 2016, and McDonald's McCafe Poetry Slam in NYC in 2016, 2013, 2012 & 2010. He was the Slammaster of the CT National Poetry Slam Team Verbal Slap in 2016. He has won the title of CT Grandslam Champion in 2016, 2012 & 2011He has competed every year at the National Poetry Slam since 2011 and has opened for very notable individuals such as Saul Williams, Grammy nominated Neo-Soul Artist Dwele, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, and former US President Bill Clinton. His work has been featured on Russell Simmons All Def Poetry in 2016 and he also won 3rd place on the World's Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY.
Besides doing art, Tarishi has previously worked for Love 146. A non-profit organization that advocates against human trafficking & child sex exploitation. Now he works for the Discovery Center. A non-profit, diversity and antiracism training program serving elementary and middle school's throughout Connecticut while still living in Brooklyn, NY.