MCPL Resources | by Melinda Rizzo

MCPL Resources | by Melinda Rizzo

As refuge, protest, or a way to figure out and make sense of the world poets are compelled to make poetry. Poetry as barometer – as oral history keeper, or as a forum for social and cultural change. After all, maverick poets are known throughout time for...
An interview with David Gaines | by Melinda Rizzo

An interview with David Gaines | by Melinda Rizzo

  Home is more than four walls and a roof for David Gaines. When Gaines won this year’s 21st annual Montgomery County Poet Laureate competition he knew it was something big – a validation of his voice, his work and his aspiration to serve others. The 24-year-old...
2020 Poet Laureate – David Gaines

2020 Poet Laureate – David Gaines

Poet Laureate 2020 David Gaines David Gaines is a writer, actor and educator born and raised in uptown Philadelphia. As a product of a traditional baptist household and a child of hip-hop culture, Dave uses his poetry to analyze and unpack how the performance of...
An interview with Chad Frame | Cathy Cohen

An interview with Chad Frame | Cathy Cohen

This fall it was a delight to spend time with Chad Frame, MCPL’s 2017 poet laureate, on a ride to Northern Virginia Community College to share poetry with poet laureates from other counties and states at a biennial program In the Company of Laureates.   Chad gave an...
An interview with Cathy Cohen | Melinda Rizzo

An interview with Cathy Cohen | Melinda Rizzo

Cathleen “Cathy” Cohen has had a very good year. As the 2019 Montgomery County Poet Laureate the long-time educator, painter and poet said winning the highly regarded contest, now in its 20th year, had opened doors. “My community was Philadelphia, even though I live...
An interview with Yolanda Wisher

An interview with Yolanda Wisher

Among 2019 Caesura Festival’s roster of musicians and poets, multi-talented Yolanda Wisher was poet-in-residence.  Yolanda was Montgomery County’s first poet laureate (1999)  and Philadelphia’s 2016-17 poet laureate. Throughout her career Yolanda has focused on...