Jul
25
8:30 AM08:30

Celebrating Our Stories: Social Justice and the Arts Across the Curriculum

An education conference hosted by Jubilee School featuring keynote speaker Reverend Chaz Howard, workshops, panel discussion, poetry/jazz performance by Yolanda Wisher & Mark Palacio, African drumming, and a presentation on social justice and film. 

Price: before July 1st: $50 general admission; $40 for teachers; $40 to rent a table for advertising and sales. After July 1st, all prices go up by $5. Meals provided: continental breakfast, lunch, and closing wine and cheese reception

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Jul
27
to Jul 28

La Casita/Lincoln Center Out of Doors

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Through poetry, music, and stories, a powerful community of artist-activists give voice to the everyday heroes working to uphold and extend LGBTQ, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights. FREE.

Poetry: Dakota Camacho, Rashidah Ismaili, Enriqueta Lunez, Haki R. Madhubuti, Willie Perdomo, Julian Randall, Peggy Robles, Sonia Sanchez, Matthew Shenoda, and Yolanda Wisher
Music: Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet, Kelsey Pyro, Lone Piñon, Nina Dilet & The Mysphitz, and Raye Zaragoza
MC: Baba Israel

SATURDAY JULY 27 from 1pm-6pm -  Lincoln Center- Hearst Plaza
SUNDAY JULY 28th from 2:30pm-7:00pm - Pregones Theater, Bronx

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Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

Experiments in Joy: Black Girlhood & Beyond

  • Free Library of Philadelphia - Heim Center Classroom (map)
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Join performance memoirist Gabrielle Civil and children's and YA author Zetta Elliott for a reading of collaborative and solo work drawn from black girlhood and a discussion of black feminism, honesty, and imagination. Former Philadelphia poet laureate Yolanda Wisher will moderate as all three black feminists navigate, race, gender, art, and community. Free and open to the public. All welcome. Refreshments provided.

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Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

Artists & The City: Conversations at Cherry Street Pier

How can we excavate and celebrate stories of Black Philadelphians that have been erased, neglected or overtaken? Join us at Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia for a conversation with artist in residence Yolanda Wisher, interviewed by Akeem Dixon. This talk is part of Artists & The City, a summer series presented by Urban Consulate in partnership with Knight Foundation and Delaware River Waterfront. Free & open to the public. All welcome

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Sep
6
to Sep 8

Hobart Festival of Women Writers

The Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event, unique among cultural happenings in the Catskill Region, especially in Delaware County. The Festival will celebrate its seventh year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.”  Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings with audiences throughout Delaware County, the state of New York, and beyond.

Hobart will again host a diversity of working women writers, and Main Street will be busy with workshops, readings, and other writing activities from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon.  Novelists, short-story and young-adult fiction writers, memoirists, poets, and bloggers will join us.  All writers and lovers of books and women’s writing are welcome to participate in and enjoy the Festival of Women Writers.

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Sep
14
to Sep 15

School of Guerilla Poetics Intensive

Muriel Rukeyser said that “In school we learn how precious poetry is, how important it is to civilization, but we are not taught how to use it.” This weekend intensive taught by Yolanda Wisher will explore some of the precious and practical uses of poetry beyond the Norton Anthology and MFA. If you are interested in cultivating a public poetry practice in settings like schools and parks, train stations, Laundromats, prisons, and shelters; if you want to work with integrity as a poet with marginalized and vulnerable communities; if you want to respectfully reach and revolutionize communities with poetry through event organizing and digital platforms, this course is for you. Philly iconography—row houses, stoops, and sneakers on telephone lines will frame our study of the poetry reading, the workshop, and the festival as three modes of civic engagement and community organizing. Guest speakers and a course pack of poems and essays rooted in a lineage of “poetry for the people” movements in Philly and beyond will root our conversations. Each class will feature a curated panel discussion with poets who have been active in community spaces and programs in Philadelphia.

Cost: $250 (financial aid available)
Schedule: September 14, 10-4 pm (w/lunch break), September 15 10-4pm (w/lunch break)
6-10 students (need 6 students to run)
Registration: Rolling, by application, closes August 26, 2019
To apply: email a little bit about you to info@bluestoop.org. If applying for financial aid, please also fill out this form.

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Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party @ The Rosenbach
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party @ The Rosenbach

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The sixth edition of Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party at the Rosenbach will highlight the Rosenbach's copy of René Maran's 1921 novel Batouala. Maran was the first Black writer to win France's esteemed Prix Goncourt literary prize. A product of the New Negro and Negritude movements, the novel was so groundbreaking in its critique of French colonialism through the eyes of Africans that it was banned from the French colonies in 1928. Featured poets will respond to the content and form of Batouala, the story of a love triangle, and Yolanda Wisher and The Afroeaters will perform parts of the novel as a jazz text. 

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Oct
22
to Oct 24

#BIF2019: Wellbeing

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#BIF2019: Wellbeing will include a mixture of storytelling, design sprints, share-outs, and networking. Our collective output will help unleash new system solutions to be prototyped in the real world. Summit storytellers and participants will represent a diversity of perspectives, views, identities and experiences across industries, sectors and disciplines. A focus on wellbeing pushes us all to go beyond the usual healthcare suspects and silos to open up new transformative solution horizons and approaches.The intimate in-person event will bring together 100 participants and take place at BIF headquarters in Providence, RI. We will combine the in-person experience with and open access virtual platform to engage a larger motivated community remotely, and in real-time directly into the Summit experience.

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Jun
8
1:30 PM13:30

2019 Artwell Festival

The ArtWell Festival returns to Oxford Mills, Hope Street on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Join us for a day of Imagining Community Wellness Through Creativity! All are welcome to this biennial community event. We are excited to host kids and families, community partners, local residents and businesses, media, artists and educators. Tickets are free or suggested donation. Registering in advance will help us determine supplies for Festival activities.

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May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Artist Bash

The Barnes Foundation’s seventh Artist Bash invites you to bring it—your voice, your energy, your vibe—to help create one-of-a-kind art. The lineup features artists who incorporate the audience into their projects and performances.

Step into a photobooth and become part of a living portrait by Amber Art and Design, a community-driven arts collective. Chill and get chills as you listen to poet Yolanda Wisher’s vivid words and soaring vocals set to the lively sounds of her band the Afroeaters. Jump in with Hip Hop Fundamentals, high-energy performers drawing on the rich history of hip-hop dance. GLBL VLLG ends the night with a concert where the audience is the headliner. Take a turn on the mic, show your dance skills, or just cheer on the performers. Bring your energy and get ready for the experience.

Includes collection access. Seating is limited so bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to move!

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Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party @ The Rosenbach
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party @ The Rosenbach

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Oak & Ivy Edition: Inspired by Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry volume Oak and Ivy, self-published in 1893. A copy of the book inscribed with a verse of poetry in Dunbar’s hand lives in the Rosenbach’s collection. Featuring two poets TBD and Yolanda Wisher and The Afroeaters. A specialty cocktail and a limited-edition memento are included with admission. General admission: $25•Members: $15 • Students (with ID): $15 • Delancey Society: free

 

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Feb
12
9:30 AM09:30

Jazz Speaks: LiveConnections Bridge Session

LiveConnections’ signature Bridge Sessions create a high-impact music experience for students from public schools and people with disabilities. These sessions mix performance with interactive activities. They provide multiple ways for participants to engage in music-making themselves, through call and response, movement, playing percussion instruments, creating rhythm poems and more. “Jazz Speaks” traces the journey of jazz: its origins, styles and various ways jazz “speaks,” including connections to Latin culture and influence on spoken word poetry. Featuring Larry McKenna on sax, Luke Carlos O’Reilly on keys, Arturo Stable on percussion, and Yolanda Wisher on vocals,

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Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

Chronicling Resistance, Enabling Resistance Listening Session

  • Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books (map)
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This series features facilitated discussions between activists, archivists, and the general public about resistance, archives, and their existing and possible impact on one another. This edition features Velocity Fund winners Rasheedah Phillips, Co-Founder, Black Quantum Futurism and Community Futures Lab and #SisterlyHistory collaborators Karina Puente and Yolanda Wisher.

We expect a portion of the listening sessions to consist of audience members sharing their own experiences (positive or otherwise) with institutional archives and asking questions about the process of preserving their papers. All listening sessions are FREE and open to the public. 



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Dec
11
9:30 AM09:30

Jazz Speaks: LiveConnections Bridge Session

LiveConnections’ signature Bridge Sessions create a high-impact music experience for students from public schools and people with disabilities. These sessions mix performance with interactive activities. They provide multiple ways for participants to engage in music-making themselves, through call and response, movement, playing percussion instruments, creating rhythm poems and more. “Jazz Speaks” traces the journey of jazz: its origins, styles and various ways jazz “speaks,” including connections to Latin culture and influence on spoken word poetry. Featuring Larry McKenna on sax, Luke Carlos O’Reilly on keys, Arturo Stable on percussion, and Yolanda Wisher on vocals,

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Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Art of Connection: Poet Talk-Back and Literary Open Mic

This fall Interfaith Philadelphia is partnering with Peace Day Philly, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Interfaith Music Project, and ArtWell to bring a public series exploring art and performance as an entry point into interfaith engagement. Join local poets, including former Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim, Cathleen Cohen, and Chelsea Jackson-Loesch as they read/perform their work and share how they use poetry to better understand themselves, and explore their faith and identity in conversation with former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher. Following the talk-back there will be an optional creative activity, and a literary open mic focused on identity, faith, and social justice, so feel free to come with work to read!

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Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Good Pitch Local Philadelphia

Good Pitch convenes filmmakers with change makers around urgent issues to catalyze coalitions that are good for the films and for good for society. Good Pitch Local events support the creation of innovative local media that can galvanize communities. Yolanda Wisher will delivery a welcoming poem to start the day long program.

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Nov
2
10:30 AM10:30

Business Bootcamp for Writers

Empower yourself with the business tools and information you need to succeed as an author! Join the Authors Guild Foundation and publishing professionals from Penguin Random House in Philadelphia on November 2 for this FREE workshop for authors about the business of writing! Together with Penguin Random House and local authors like Yolanda Wisher, the Authors Guild Foundation is bringing a one-day intensive workshop to Philadelphia to provide a diverse group of early-to-mid-career authors with tools and resources to manage their careers and successfully navigate the marketplace. The bootcamp will include instruction on the business side of writing, breakout sessions to share experiences with your fellow writers, and Q&As with industry experts, wrapping up with a networking happy hour reception. APPLY HERE by Tuesday, October 16 (limited spaces available).

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Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

Aspen Words Writer in Residence Reading

The 2018 season of Aspen Words’ Writers in Residence program will come to a close this month with poet Yolanda Wisher. The 2016 poet laureate of Philadelphia, Wisher is currently the curator of spoken word at Philadelphia Contemporary. She will read and discuss her work at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen. FREE and open to the public. Donations at the door are encouraged.



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Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party @ The Rosenbach
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party @ The Rosenbach

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The Dirty Dozens Edition: Inspired by poet Marianne Moore's liner notes for Muhammad Ali's 1963 I Am The Greatest album,“The Dirty Dozens” walks the line between sports and the spoken word, embodying Ali's braggadocious verse that foreshadowed the dawn of rap battles and slam poetry. Featuring poets Wes Matthews, Patrick Rosal, and Yolanda Wisher and The Afroeaters: Lance Gamble on drums, V. Shayne Frederick on keys and vocals, Paul Giess on trumpet, and Mark Palacio on double bass. A specialty cocktail and a limited-edition memento are included with admission. General admission: $25•Members: $15 • Students (with ID): $15 • Delancey Society: free

 

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#BIF2018: Collaborative Innovation Summit
Sep
13
to Sep 14

#BIF2018: Collaborative Innovation Summit

  • Trinity Repertory Company (map)
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At the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit, 500 people come together in a historic theater to hear 15-minute stories of transformation, as 32 people from many different industries and sectors tell the stories of their creative processes, their struggles, and where they’re going in the future. 

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 Brittany Noakes Poetry Award Broadside Debut
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Brittany Noakes Poetry Award Broadside Debut

Winner Kathryn Hargett, Judge Yolanda Wisher, and Preliminary Judge Raena Shirali will be reading at this event, the signature evening for the third annual Brittany Noakes Poetry Award.  

Wine and snacks will be served, 50/50 raffle, $5 suggested donation (which gives you one entry for the door prize raffle, tailor made for poetry lovers). Excitingly, the broadsides made of Kathryn Hargett's winning poem by artist and poet MaryAnn L. Miller will make their debut (as well as be available for purchase).

All proceeds of the award's entry fees fund SI/Rittenhouse Square's Live Your Dream Awards, a cash grant given to a woman who is head of her household, has experienced hardships, and is undergoing financial difficulties.

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We (Too) Are Philly: Whose Parks? Our Parks! Festival Closure
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

We (Too) Are Philly: Whose Parks? Our Parks! Festival Closure

Come to the final event of the We (Too) Are Philly Summer Festival. In an area that is rapidly being gentrified, in a city that is rapidly being gentrified, join us in saying no to gentrification. We are here to stay. Each reader will bring to the fore their experiences with gentrification. You will also get to hear the organizers of the festival read their work. Bring your blankets (we will have a few), your anger, your joy. xoxoxo

Readers: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Ana Portnoy, Raquel Salas Rivera, Kirwyn Sutherland, Ashley Davis, and Raena Shirali. Featured Poet: Yolanda Wisher

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Jul
21
8:30 AM08:30

Wilmington Writers Conference

Join us for the second annual Wilmington Writers Conference at the Delaware Art Museum. Using the Museum’s exhibitions on Wilmington 1968 and the civil rights movement, this full-day conference will include a keynote presentation and craft talk by poet and educator Yolanda Wisher, nine other sessions taught by area writers, a lunchtime book signing, and a panel discussion on writing from personal and public history. The conference is open to individuals of all ages and experience levels—from first-time writers to published authors.

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Stellar Masses
May
9
to May 16

Stellar Masses

Stellar Masses is a public festival organized as a series of site-specific gatherings that explore the sacred roots and interstellar potential of spoken word practices. Upholding the spoken word as at once ancient and futuristic, capable of testifying, time traveling, and spellbinding, Stellar Masses will feature writers, musicians, and filmmakers guiding attendees through a mind-expanding continuum of ritual and performance. Curated by Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia Contemporary Curator of Spoken Word. 

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Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Let the Daughters of Liberty Nobly Arise: Women & Poetry, Past and Present

Join Trapeta Mayson, Sue Landers, and Yolanda Wisher for a special writing workshop taking a closer look at women and poetry from the 18th century and today. The workshop will be led by three highly-regarded women currently writing and performing poetry in their communities, including . Guided by historical themes in poetry, the workshop will offer an amazing opportunity for budding artists to work directly with professional poets. The workshop will come to a close with a reception, where work created by participants can be displayed and shared. $10, tickets are limited. To avoid ticket fees, call 215-329-7312 or email programs@stenton.org.

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