April 6, 2016 |
One day, as National Poetry Month came slouching toward Philadelphia, Larry Robin and the folks at Moonstone Arts Center had a bunch of bright ideas: Count all the places in Philadelphia that do poetry. It's a big poetry town, but how big exactly? Publish a Philly poetry newspaper listing them and all the great stuff happening for Poetry Month in this poetry town. Throw a big poetry weekend with a huge number of events, so you go from one to another and have a wonderful time.
February 7, 2016
O n Friday, Mayor Kenney announced that Yolanda Wisher, 39, has been named Philadelphia's poet laureate for 2016-17. She is a community activist, a teacher, and a poet deeply aware of her city and its rhythms. As an introduction to her work, here's a Phillycentric poem titled "5 South 43rd Street, Floor 2. " It's vivid, vibrant, of the streets - and yet also written in mature, 21st-century, good old iambic pentameter. Here is a poet who is a Philadelphian who is a poet. - John Timpane Sometimes we would get hungry for the neighborhood.
February 6, 2016
A story Friday on new Philadelphia poet laureate Yolanda Wisher misstated the day on which Mayor Kenney would announce her appointment. The event took place Friday.
February 6, 2016 |
A lot of people in the Philadelphia poetry world are very happy today. On Friday morning, Mayor Kenney is scheduled to announce that Yolanda Wisher, a poet with a long history of publication and community activism, has been appointed Philadelphia poet laureate for 2016-17. The event is to include a short reading by the appointee. Wisher is the city's third laureate, succeeding Frank Sherlock (2014-15) and Sonia Sanchez (2012-13). Her duties will include readings, community service projects, and mentoring other poets.
September 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia has the poet laureate it deserves in Frank Sherlock. And as poet laureates go, Sherlock, 46, a native of Southwest Philadelphia and a product of 12 years of Catholic schooling, could not be better suited to this particular chapter in Philadelphia history: the papal visit. The pope and the poet share a name, a patron saint - St. Francis of Assisi, man of poverty and peace - and, as of this past week, their portraits share space on the celebrated wall at Dirty Frank's, one of the city's more iconic dives, decorated, of course, with images of famous Franks.
September 10, 2015 |
'View' co-host wants civility Yes, she will disagree with many of the views shared by some of her fellow The View cohosts, but conservative cohost Candace Cameron Bure says she wants the gals to remain civil. On Tuesday, after wrapping up the new season's first episode, the Full House alumna told the New York Daily News, "We can have disagreements without it turning into argument. You can express different ideas without becoming distasteful or hurtful. " The talk show also features Whoopi Goldberg , Paula Faris , and Joy Behar . Sam Smith to croon for 007 British vocalist Sam Smith , 23, has confirmed that he has the rare honor of singing the theme song for the next James Bond picture, Spectre , which will feature Daniel Craig , Naomi Watts , Lea Seydoux , and the incomparable Monica Bellucci . The song, "Writing's on the Wall," will be available to buy Sept.
July 31, 2015 |
Sonia Sanchez wonders how she became "this woman with razor blades between her teeth. " "That's a great line, I think," she says of the imagery from her poem "Woman. " "I love how stuff comes through the body - starts at the toe jam and goes all the way up!" She makes jazzy hand motions from her feet all the way through her body. The 80-year-old award-winning poet, educator, mother, and activist sits on a couch in her airy Germantown home, African sculptures decorating the walls or standing at attention.
June 18, 2015 |
Seventeen-year-old David Jones, who'll be a senior this fall at West Philadelphia High, was not surprised when he learned he had been named Philadelphia's next youth poet laureate. "It was super cool," he said after receiving the honor during a City Hall ceremony in front of his family, friends, and city officials including Mayor Nutter. "Honestly, I kind of expected it. " Jones, who has been writing poetry for years, was calm and confident as he recited one of his poems, Birds , an homage to Maya Angelou's famous work.
June 14, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Poetry was apparently too controversial for Atlantic City this year, as a plan to pay poets to read their work at the city Farmers' Market was abandoned by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority after some political blowback. But Somers Point has held the line against the (haiku) haters - naming, and paying, the bay town's first poet laureate, Northwestern grad-turned-wine-store-event-planner Maria Provenzano of Egg Harbor Township. Provenzano, 26, will put the concept to its first real test Saturday night, as she does two short, mostly unannounced "Pop Up Poetry" events, one at 7 p.m. at the bar at Sandi Point Coastal Bistro, formerly the famed Mac's, followed by another at Gregory's.
September 19, 2014 |
Several years ago, poet Sonia Sánchez had just returned from her three-mile morning walk. As she sat on her porch sipping green tea and reading the paper, she heard childish voices from the sidewalk nearby, raised in agitation. Aroused from her moment of tranquillity, she asked the schoolchildren why they were arguing and invited them onto her porch to quell their unrest. She asked them to listen to the birds singing - to feel the peace that embodied her home. "This is my house, this is my porch, but this is also my sidewalk," Sánchez told them.