Photo by Ryan Collerd. Courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 

Photo by Ryan Collerd. Courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 

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 DecadeGOOD MagazineThe Philadelphia InquirerContemporary Black CanvasRadio 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. Wisher 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. She has led workshops and curated events in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, and U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. Wisher was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and she is currently the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary.

 Wisher with sisters Yshonda & Yvette in North Wales, PA, Xmas circa 1987.

Wisher with sisters Yshonda & Yvette in North Wales, PA, Xmas circa 1987.

 Wisher with her cello circa 1984.

Wisher with her cello circa 1984.