Helen Talia was born in Baghdad and raised in Chicago. She completed her education, earning a â€œBachelor of Science in Accounting,â€ a â€œMaster of Business Administrationâ€Â and is currently a practicing â€œCertified Public Accountant.â€
Raised in a politically-aware family, human injustice is not a foreign concept to her, especially that of her grandfather Yacoub Taliaâ€™s (village leader, a.k.a. (mukhtar, Arabic) of Gonda Kosa) assassination in the late 1960â€™s, whose story of heroism, in her view, set the precedence for her own humanitarian journey. Her community activism, at the encouragement of her father, began in radio broadcasting at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has opened one door after another, and never looked back.
Witnessing social human and women injustices, she delved in writing stories about people who have inspired history and made contributions to humanity, especially those that voiced her nationâ€™s struggles in the Middle-East. Her many articles, published in Zinda and Innana Magazines (founder and editor-in-chief 2004-2006), Skokienet.org and Triblocal (USA), Hujada Magazine and Ankawa.com (Sweden), Khabour.com (Canada), Tebayn (Lebanon), Qeenatha.com (New Zeland), include subjects on music and book reviews, feminism and spirituality. Her articles are also featured in The Hellenic Newspaper and the Armenian Weekly.
In 2004, she founded â€œAssyrians Walk for Hope ~ To Cure Breast Cancer,â€ her first feminist outreach program, empowering women to become proactive and outspoken, while placing her at the forefront of her community’s activism. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Assyrian National Council of Illinois, a community outreach and development organization, and writes Press Releases for the Assyrian Medical Society, an endowment-based organization commissioned to execute medical rescue missions for Iraqâ€˜s war-torn children.
Currently, she is expanding to new projects and setting her gaze on widening her audience through her literary transition into a more international arena.
Helen has been named the â€œAurora Women Examiner,â€ where she hopes to tell an honest story that encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual attributes of every single woman who is struggling to fit in today’s society for â€œThe Examiner,â€ a publication that features written contributions from local insiders from events and reviews to trends and local happenings.
She will also be offering expert advice to her readers on various subjects for E-How, an expert advice publication, featuring articles and instructions on how to. . . anything!
Above all, Talia describes herself as a writer and a feminist who uses her talent to help bridge the gap between her exiled and near-extinct Assyrian nation and the world, and unearth stories of every child whose dreams have been sanctioned.
Talia’s journey in the Examiner and E-How is dedicated to the memory of her late father, Talia Yacoub Talia, who opened the door to the world of books before the time she can remember.