Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed

Taz Ahmed Headshot by Wajiha Ibrahim

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is a political activist, storyteller, poet, and artist based in Los Angeles. She’s spent the majority of her life dancing at the intersection of activism and art as a South Asian Muslim 2nd-generation immigrant American woman.

An electoral organizer, she’s mobilized over half a million Asian American & Pacific Islanders voters to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past twenty years.

She cohosted of the five-year running #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast which was highly acclaimed by Oprah Magazine, NPR, Cosmopolitan and received an activism award from the City of Los Angeles. The podcast duo did a residency at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art Culture & Design in Honolulu, recorded live from de Young Museum, Aga Khan Museum, and even did a show from inside Obama’s White House.

A prolific storyteller in multiple mediums, in 2016, Taz was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. She had a monthly column called Radical Love, and written for multiple outlets. Her nonfiction essays are published in multiple anthologies, including Pretty Bitches (2020), Whiter (2020), Modern Loss (2018), Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016) and Love, Inshallah (2012).