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...

2019 Poet Laureate – Cathleen Cohen

Poet Laureate 2019 Cathleen Cohen Cathleen Cohen founded ArtWell’s We the Poets program in Philadelphia (www.theartwell.org). Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, Philadelphia Stories and other journals. In...