Tihi Hayslett

Tihi is a queer writer, activist, and storyteller. Before coming to Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund, he worked as an online campaigner for the Working Families Party, a progressive third party in the United States, where he combined his storytelling skills and political activism. Tihi has won campaigns against Netflix, UPS, Rhode Island Lifespan Hospital, and led a coalition to remove David Koch from the Board of the Smithsonian and PBS. His non-fiction work first appeared in The Splinter Generation in 2007 and most recently in The Mary Sue blog in 2015. His fiction work has appeared in the Surreal South Anthology in 2011, transLit magazine, and the Oregon Literary Review. Based out of Brooklyn, Tihi produced Rustik Storytellers, a monthly oral storytelling live show in 2013. In 2016 he produced PRACTICE, a safe space live storytelling show designed to encourage new-comers to try their hand at the oral storytelling tradition. Tihi has a MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.