Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Gendebien Room, Skillman Library
Yolanda Wisher '98

Yolanda Wisher '98 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 PloughsharesFenceChainMELUSPUBLICPOOLHanging Loose, 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). She holds an M.A in English/Creative Writing-Poetry from Temple University and a B.A. in English/Black Studies from Lafayette College. Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010), served as Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015), and worked as Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (2014-2016). She lives in Germantown with her partner Mark Palacio and their son Thelonious. 

Lafayette is celebrating Black Heritage Month with guest speakers, poetry, and community discussions throughout the month of February. This year’s theme “Black Agency, Black Express” focuses on forms of media relating to how black people create and shape their lives and the lives of others in their communities.  






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