A native of Nashville, Tallu earned a B.F.A in Papermaking and Bookbinding from the Appalachian Center for Craft. She received a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in New York, where she focused her studies on art, ritual and liberation theology. After seminary, Tallu moved to Nicaragua, where she lived and worked with poor farmers on food security projects using methods of agriculture that build communities and protect the land. Tallu spends her time outside of work with her husband Robbie, their daughter and son. She loves to grow, cook and eat food.