Poet, singer, educator and curator, Yolanda 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). Yolanda was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. A Pew and Cave Canem Fellow, she has been a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook and Aspen Words. Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and founded/directed the Germantown and Outbound Poetry Festivals. She performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters. Yolanda was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at UPenn. She is currently the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary and part of the first cohort of artists with studios at Cherry Street Pier.
Yolanda’s class will focus on using color to inspire and create, and will include the use of watercolors. When asked what she is most looking forward to, Yolanda responded that she is “looking forward to meeting my students in the master class and seeing what they do with the prompts I give them.”
The 2019 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held on June 7 – 9, 2019 at the Wyndham Hotel at 4th and Arch Street in Old City Philadelphia. Registration for the conference will open in early 2019.
Watch this space for additional announcements and information on registration, contests, and more!