Wordsmiths Reading Series Features Two Local Poet Laureates

Philadelphia’s top bard Yolanda Wisher will be joined by Montgomery County’s Amy Small-McKinney Fri. April 21 at the Newtown campus.

Bucks County Community College, whose Wordsmiths Reading Series brings the voices of award-winning poets and authors to the region, invites the public to hear Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher and Montgomery County Poet Laureate Amy Small-McKinney at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21. 

Wisher (pictured, left) is a multidisciplinary poet and educator. Philadelphia’s third poet laureate, Wisher is a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, Pew Fellow, Cave Canem Fellow, and the 1999 Montgomery County Poet Laureate. Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro nd the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song. As an English teacher at Germantown Friends School, Wisher founded and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival. She also served as the Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Small-McKinney (pictured, right), 2011 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, is the author of three books: Life is Perfect, Body of Surrender, and Clear Moon, Frost. At the 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival she collaborated with women artists and poets for the project, The Poetry Dress. Small-McKinney founded the program “Finding Our Voices: Poetry and Resilience” to use poetry to help those struggling with mental health issues.

The reading takes place in the Orangery building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking. The reading is free and open to the public. 

The free series is part of Bucks Live!, innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of grater Bucks County, sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, contact Dr. Christopher Bursk at Chris.Bursk@bucks.edu or 215-968-8156 or visit www.bucks.edu/cultural.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations