ACWA Speakers’ Series

The Speakers’ Series seeks to advance our mission by opening up opportunities to explore and educate ourselves about the arts and culture in our region.


Moving Ahead With Hope An Afternoon of Poetry Sunday, May 22 at 2 PM via Zoom Featuring Local Poets Ayesha F. Hamid & Trapeta B. Mayson

For our premier event, members and their guests had the opportunity to hear these accomplished poets read their works were able to ask about their inspiration and process.

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Ayesha F. Hamid

Is a poet and creative nonfiction writer, published in Big Easy Review, Philly Flash Inferno, Sheepshead Review and Rathalla Review. Her full-length memoir, The Borderland Between Worlds, is available through Auctus Publishers at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. Ayesha also has a full-length poetry collection, called Waiting for Resurrection. She is a Poetry Editor at Ran Off With the Star Bassoon and an Assistant Poetry Editor for The Night Heron Barks. She is the Editor-in-Chief at The City Key.

Ayesha holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and A Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Chestnut Hill College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Publishing from Rosemont College. She also holds an M.A. in Sociology from Brooklyn College. Aside from writing, Ayesha also loves film, travel, and photography.


Trapeta B. Mayson

Is a Liberian-born poet, teacher, social worker, and non-profit administrator residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her writing primarily centers on the experiences of immigrants to the United States, the struggles of people dealing with conflict in Liberia, and the daily lives of everyday people, especially women and girls. She received a Master’s of Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Villanova University. She served as the fifth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia from 2020-2021 under the auspices of the Free Library of Philadelphia.