Wordsmiths Reading Series (Poetry & Prose)

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programming Committee and the Department of Language and Literature. Events are free, open to the community, and generally held in the Orangery at the College's Newtown Campus. For more information about past and future events, call 215-968-8150.

Amy Small-McKinney, Montgomery County Poet Laureate
& Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30, Orangery

Amy Small-McKinney is the author of Life is Perfect and two chapbooks of poetry, Body of Surrender and Clear Moon. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in numerous journals, such as The Cortland Review, The Pedestal Magazine, upstreet, Blue Fifth Review, SAND, Berlin’s English Literary Journal, Switchback (U of SF), and LIPS Magazine. Small-McKinney was guest editor for the June 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine and recipient of the 2011 Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship. She was the 2011 Montgomery County Poet Laureate. She is founder of the program, Finding Our Voices: Poetry & Resilience, using poetry to help others, particularly those struggling with mental health, to find their voices.

Yolanda Wisher is a multidisciplinary poet and educator. Currently the 3rd Poet Laureate of the City of Philadelphia, Wisher is a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence (2016), Pew Fellow (2015), Catalyst Initiative Grantee (2015), Leeway Art & Change Grantee (2008), Cave Canem Fellow (1999-2000), and the first Montgomery County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate (1999). Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, 2013). As an English teacher at Germantown Friends School, Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010). She also served as the Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015).