November 25, 2022

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley to offer poetry reading on November 9


ALTOONA, Pa. – Patricia Jabbeh Wesley will offer a reading of her works at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, in the Titelman study at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona.

Jabbeh Wesley, professor of English, Creative Writing and African Literature at Penn State Altoona, is the author of six critically acclaimed books of poetry: “Praise Song for My Children: New and Selected Poems,” published in 2020 by Autumn House Press; “When the Wanderers Come Home”, “Where the Road Turns” and “The River is Rising”, among others. She is also the author of the children’s book “In Monrovia, the river visits the sea”.

Her works are known around the world as an exploration of the Liberian Civil War, Liberian and Grebo cultures, and a voice for women. More recently, his poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction articles have appeared in magazines and anthologies including “Harvard Review”, “Harvard Divinity Review”, “Transition”, “Prairie Schooner”, “The New York Times” Magazine ”and“ Acoupé. His poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Hebrew and Finnish. Some of her awards include a 2002 Crab Orchard Award for her second book, “Becoming Ebony”, a Blair County Wise Women Literary Arts Award, and most recently, a Pushcart nomination and a Best of the Net nomination for her poetry. .

The event is free and open to the public. Masks must be worn indoors at all times.