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Let the Daughters of Liberty Nobly Arise: Women & Poetry, Past and Present

Saturday, March 17 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
at Stenton 4601 North 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19140

A special program taking a closer look at women and poetry from the 18th century and today: The first part of the program will be a presentation by Rebecca Rosen, current doctoral candidate at Princeton, examining the lives and writings of several women poets of 18th century Philadelphia. The second part will be a writing workshop where participants can use the historical framework as a jumping-off point to creating their own work. The workshop will be led by three highly-regarded women currently writing and performing poetry in their communities, including Trapeta Mayson, Sue Landers, and Yolanda Wisher. Guided by historical themes in poetry, the workshop will offer an amazing opportunity for budding artists to work directly with professional poets. The workshop will come to a close with a reception, where work created by participants can be displayed and shared.

Call 215-329-7312 or email for more information.

Trapeta B. Mayson has worked extensively with young people and adults in educational, artistic and institutional settings conducting poetry and creative writing workshops. She has received numerous literary awards and fellowships including a 2002 Pew Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants, 2007 Leeway Transformation Award and a 2014 Leeway Art and Change grant. Her chapbook, She Was Once Herself, was released in 2012. Trapeta’s other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review; Aesthetica Creative Works Annual Review;Margie, The American Journal of Poetry and Lavanderia, Anthology of Women Writing, to name a few. She is a native of Liberia and grew up in Philadelphia. Trapeta is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business.

Sue Landers’ most recent book, Franklinstein (Roof Books, 2016), is a hybrid-genre collection that tells the story of Germantown in poetry, prose, and photographs. The book explores the way the neighborhood and its community have wrestled with the legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism throughout its history. She is also the author of two full-length books of poetry—248 mgs., a panic picnic (O Books, 2003) and Covers (O Books, 2007)—as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, The Philadelphia Review of Books, The Chicago Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from George Mason University and lives in Brooklyn, where she is conducting a poetic investigation of the New York City subway system.

Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters, and her work has been featured in a variety of media including Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contemporary Black Canvas, Radio Times, PoetryNOW, Ploughshares, and CBC Radio. A Pew Fellow & Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, Wisher was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. She taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals. Wisher is currently the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

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