radio + podcasts
BIF’s Chief Catalyst Saul Kaplan talks to Yolanda Wisher about building community through poetry.
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.
Imani Roach talks to Yolanda Wisher about finding her voice and discovering the power of poetry for social change.
Contemporary Black Canvas, Oct. 2016
Pia Deas finds out what drew Yolanda Wisher to poetry, whether she prefers to write in rhyme or free verse, and the secret behind the infamous typewriter...
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.
CBC Radio Sunday Edition, July 2016
Sunday Edition host Michael Enright tours the historic Germantown neighbourhood of Philadelphia with the city's poet laureate.
The MusiQology Podcast, Nov. 2018
Host Guthrie P. Ramsey and Yolanda Wisher discuss the way artists’ memories work, the character of Philly neighborhoods, and her deep well of performance rhetorics.
articles + interviews
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"‘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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.