The Writers House will continue its Spring 2018 Writers in Camden Series on Wednesday, February 14th, with a hokkuchi performance by Yolanda Wisher and Mark Palacio. This event is part of the Nick Virgilio Haiku Performance Series, an annual series inspired by the haiku tradition and work of Nick Virgilio, a prolific haiku poet who spent much of his life in Camden.
hokkuchi is a blend of haiku and eros inspired by the poet Sonia Sanchez‘s work. Wisher and Palacio will perform original haikus set to blues changes.
A husband-and-wife team, Wisher, a poet, and Palacio, a double bassist, are from the Germantown section of Philadelphia. A largely self-taught
musician, Palacio is a fifth/sixth grade teacher by day. A two-time poet laureate & Pew Fellow, Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) & the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Together they have created a rogue poetry collective based in West Philly, a neighborhood poetry festival in Germantown, a band called The Afroeaters, & a kid named Thelonious.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Raptor Roost. This event is free and open to the public; registration is encouraged.