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Art+History+Engagement: Germantown Gospel: Poetry, Story Circle & Paper Fan Making

Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10am-12pm
at Historic Germantown, 5501 Germantown Ave

Check out photos from the May 14th workshop - click here

Our own memories can fan the flame of Germantown history.

Bring a revelatory, humorous, or bittersweet tale about an ancestor or a loved one who has passed on to share in a story circle facilitated by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher. We’ll turn our stories into short poems that will bedazzle handmade paper fans and memorialize those who have left their mark on us. Come with a few copies of personal photos and paper scraps to decorate your fan.

YOLANDA WISHER is the 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of the City of Philadelphia. Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Fence, Chain, MELUS, and GOOD Magazine and the anthologies Gathering Ground and The Ringing Ear. Wisher is a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, 2015 Pew Fellow, Center for Performance and Civic Practice Catalyst Initiative grantee (2015), Leeway Art & Change Award recipient (2008), and the inaugural Montgomery County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate (1999). Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010) and served as Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015). She currently works as Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Yolanda's collaborating historian is Dr. Thomas Sugrue.

DR. THOMAS SUGRUE is a professor at New York University and a longtime resident of Philadelphia. He writes about cities, civil rights, and racial politics and is author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets. Workshop is FREE but participants must register at

Please join us the morning of May 14th for Yolanda's second workshop for Elephants on the Avenue and help Historic Germantown kick off the 2016 spring/summer season of arts, history and culture in freedom's backyard!

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