Category Archives: Literary Artists

Trapeta B. Mayson

Trapeta b. Mayson photo 9

Trapeta B. Mayson is a native of Liberia. Her poetry sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people.  She is widely published and has been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and Leeway Transformation Award, among others. She is the author of Mocha Melodies and She Was Once Herself. Trapeta has lived in Germantown for over 20 years and is currently the Executive Director of Historic Germantown.


Trapeta b. Mayson with Monnette Sulder photo 2

Trapeta B. Mayson (r) performs with Monnette Sudler


Trapeta b. Mayson with Monnette Sulder photo 3

Trapeta B. Mayson (l) performs with Monnette Sudler


Facebook: TrapetaMayson

Twitter: @TrapetaMayson

Instagram: trapetam

M. Nzadi Keita

At Brandywine Center, photo by J. Otis Smith

M. Nzadi Keita at Brandywine Center                                           photo by J. Otis Smith

“Loving the printed word, experiencing the world as intensely visual, and realizing how spoken words wield power led me to poetry,  fiction, essays, and journalism. The Black Arts Movement poets entitled me to embrace poetry actively, a goal I have pursued throughout adulthood. Basically, that pursuit involves living attentively, listening, reading, making my own leaps, and teaching, whether in communities or in English, Creative Writing, and Africana Studies at Ursinus College.”

Connection to Germantown:  Born at Germantown Hospital, graduated from Germantown High School, wrote for the Germantown Courier, and have lived here over 30 years.


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Cover, Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems Cover, Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the life of Anna Murray Douglass (Whirlwind Press)

Cover, Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the life of Anna Murray Douglass (Whirlwind Press)

Terri Lyons

At the Ethical Culture Society

At the Ethical Culture Society

Terri Lyons is a poet, writer, actress and motivational speaker.
Recently she has performed several supporting roles in children’s theater and is now rehearsing for Lisa Hopkin’s production, ‘Sittin In’.

In addition to writing several books, Terri currently MC’s for a variety of events and is the opening attraction for Carol Sims-Nesmith (CSN) Productions in East Falls.

She is  a Philadelphia native and graduate of Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Take it from the Top



Performance Garage 5

Parking Day 2014

Parking Day 2014


Victoria Huggins Peurifoy

Victoria is an author, Poet, Spoken word artist, Storyteller, writer, biographer/Ghost Writer, Photographer, Consultant, Facilitator, Voice Talent, and Narrator. She is a member of White Rock Baptist Church. Ms. Puerifoy has self published 11 books, three chapbooks and three CD’s including her autobiography, A Blade of Grace, and a children’s book, Battery Man.

• 27 year resident of Germantown.
• Facilitator of two poetry classes at the Center in the Park
• Co-Host of bi-monthly poetry venue Poetify-Poetry to Edify located at the Church of the Brethren on Germantown Avenue

Contact information
P. O Box 29523, Philadelphia, PA 19144, 215-205-3063

BATTERY MAN I did not live in vain









Purple Top with micpasley top with mic



Yolanda Wisher

Yolanda Wisher Photo by Mark Palacio

Poet, musician, and educator, Yolanda Wisher was born in Germantown and raised in Montgomery Country, where she was named the first poet laureate.  She is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song.  Wisher heads the Art Education  department of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is a Founding Cultural Agent for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Wisher has been a Germantown resident since 2000 and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival from 2006-2010.



Deborah Curtiss

Deborah Curtiss

Deborah Curtiss

Deborah Curtiss, having painted and exhibited since 1960, approaches painting as a composer and an explorer to discover visual metaphors for the complexities of life. While referencing recognizable forms and situations, she evokes inner and other realities of being human that reflect upon our time and place on earth. She is a founding member & resident of Greene Street Artists Cooperative, the location of her studio for daily creative activity.
Deborah Curtiss
Greene Street Artists
5225 Greene Street #15
Philadelphia PA 19144-2927

• Lived and worked in Germantown since 1985: Alden Park until 1992, Greene Street Artists thereafter.
• Studied at Antioch College, Yale University School of Art, and University of the Arts.
• Taught at Philadelphia Museum of Art, PCA, Drexel U, Temple U, Wallingford Community Arts Center, UArts.
• Currently focused on writing her ARTobiography.