Poet, bandleader and educator Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song. Born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, she was raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where she was named the first Montgomery County Poet Laureate in 1999. A 2015 Pew Fellow and 2008 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grantee, Wisher holds degrees in English, Creative Writing and Black Studies from Lafayette College and Temple University. Her work has appeared in GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harriet, Fence, Ploughshares and in the anthologies Gathering Ground, Lavanderia and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. Wisher was a high school English teacher for over a decade and served as the Director of Art Education for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program from 2010 to 2015. She currently is the Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner/double bassist Mark Palacio and their son Thelonious.
Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014)
Philadelphia Poet Laureate, 2016-2017
First Montgomery County Pennsylvania Poet Laureate, 1999