Trapeta reads her poetry widely and works extensively facilitating poetry and creative writing workshops. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in Literature, Leeway Transformation Award, Leeway Art and Change Grant and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. Her work was also nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow and was awarded a 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer’s Fellowship from The Aspen Institute. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies.  Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry among others. Trapeta is a native of Liberia. Currently residing in Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business. Currently working in the social services field, she is also a member of several local organizations where she uses the arts to mobilize, build community and create change.

Videos/Articles/Other Media

   Trapeta Mayson and Monnette Sudler perform at the Outbound Poetry Festival in Philadelphia's 30th Street Station on April 15th, 2017. Curated by Yolanda Wisher

Seven poets keeping the rhythmic tradition alive in Philadelphia, Phillyvoice Article by Brandon Baker

Trapeta B. Mayson featured

Poetry video, Father, WHYY Experience, Natural Light Film

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