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Philadelphia’s 2020-2021 Poet Laureate 



Trapeta B. Mayson is the city of Philadelphia 2020-2021 Poet Laureate. She 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 a 2019 Aspen Words Emerging Writer’s Fellow with the  Aspen Institute. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies.  Trapeta also released two music and poetry projects, SCAT and This Is How We Get Through, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, Monnette Sudler. 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

2020 - Poetry Video project in response to the pandemic, project commissioned by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=239463783925650  or https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_Ny7V4jdoi/?hl=en

Trapeta B. Mayson is the 2020-2021 Poet Laureate for the City of Philadelphia!





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




2020 - Poetry Video project in response to the pandemic, project commissioned by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 

Poetry video, Father, WHYY Experience, Natural Light Film