Tarik graduated from the University of Michigan, where he received a Stamps NR-Dunlap Scholarship, with a B.A. in Art & Design and a Bachelor in General Studies. He is currently a candidate for a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota where he serves as the 2020 Scribe for Human Rights fellow. He has received four Hopwood Awards, the 2020 Peseroff Prize, a 2020 Palette Poetry Spotlight Award, a NATAS (MI) Student Emmy Award, and a young writers fellowship from Bucknell University. Tarik has served as a writing instructor at Inside Out Literary Arts, the University of Minnesota, and as a TA at Northwestern University’s NHSI summer film program. He also served as a 2020 National Juror for the Scholastic Writing Awards.