radio + podcasts

 Ryan Collerd

Ryan Collerd

Black Spirituals on NTS Live, Aug. 2018

Curator Meg Onli speaks with Yolanda Wisher about her recent program Stellar Masses, the legacy of spoken word today, and Nina Simone as personal armor.

Imagine Otherwise, Sept. 2017

Cathy Hannabach interviews Yolanda Wisher about poetry as a community engagement practice and blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one’s everyday work.

 (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

(EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

CBC Radio Sunday Edition, July 2016

Sunday Edition host Michael Enright tours the historic Germantown neighbourhood of Philadelphia with the city's poet laureate.

Contemporary Black Canvas, Oct. 2016

Find out what drew Yolanda Wisher to poetry, whether she prefers to write in rhyme or free verse, and the secret behind the infamous typewriter...


articles + interviews

 Moor Mother by Rashid Zakat

Moor Mother by Rashid Zakat

"This Curator of Spoken Word Has a Mission to Create "Pop-Up Churches of the Soul," Garage, May 2018

With a new performance series, Philadelphia Contemporary’s Yolanda Wisher wants to shake off the old ways of curating. By Erin Schwartz.

 Neal Santos

Neal Santos

"Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher dreams while walking on the ground," Creative Exchange/Artists With Impact, Feb. 2017

"Yolanda Wisher is currently the third Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia, following in the footsteps of her former Temple University professor, celebrated poet and activist Sonia Sanchez..." By Nicole Rupersburg. 

 Alexa Bricker and Jessica Smith

Alexa Bricker and Jessica Smith

"Germantown: Poet Yolanda Wisher Says, 'Poetry has Always Been a Healing Tool,'" Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Sept. 2015

"I grew up in a house that was embroiled in some domestic violence and addiction and poetry was my outlet, so I knew what kind of space it was able to create. And I also knew what kind of dreams it could make for me." By Alexa Bricker and Jessica Smith.

 Neal Santos

Neal Santos

"Yolanda Wisher is Here for Your Truth," Title Magazine, April 2017

I sat down with Yolanda Wisher to discuss why poetry matters, what makes the poetry scene in Philly so special, and why good audiences are key to good poets. By Rachel Fiske Reynolds.

 Kettle Pot Tracks

Kettle Pot Tracks

"‘Poetry saved me’: A conversation with Yolanda Wisher, Philly’s new poet laureate," Billy Penn, Feb. 2016

New poet laureate Yolanda Wisher on the change she hopes to bring: ‘I’ve seen kids using poetry to get out’. By Cassie Owens.                

 Mark Palacio

Mark Palacio

"Seven poets keeping the rhythmic tradition alive in Philadelphia," PhillyVoice, July 2015

With no shortage of creativity or issues to address, Philadelphia poets are as active and influential as ever. Below, find seven of the city's wordsmiths who are keeping the tradition of poetry alive. By Brandon Baker.

 Ted Boughter-Dornfeld

Ted Boughter-Dornfeld

"Meet the Artist: Yolanda Wisher," Intercultural Journeys, Oct. 2017

Before Intercultural Journeys presented Yolanda Wisher's choreopoem Pirate Jenny's Conspiracy in Nov. 2017, Eric Ziegelman chatted with Wisher about her art, her creative process, and her inspiration. 

 Ryan Collerd

Ryan Collerd

Fellows Friday: Q&A with Poet Yolanda Wisher, Questions of Practice, Dec. 2015

The “Fellows Friday” series focuses on the artistic lives of our Pew Fellows: their aspirations, influences, and creative challenges. This week, we speak to Yolanda Wisher, who merges the personal and the political, writing for both artistic and community-oriented pursuits.

 Mark Palacio

Mark Palacio

"Germantown’s multi-talented Wisher made history as poet," Chestnut Hill Local, July 2014

Yolanda Wisher, who was born in Germantown and has lived there for the last 14 years, is an accomplished poet, singer, musician and educator. Following is a list of questions we put to Yolanda last week and her answers. By Len Lear.