Sonia Sanchez

File poto of Sonia Sanchez. (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Philadelphia’s First Poet Laureate Leads International Peace Day Celebration

“Considering the times right now, we need very much to do something,” says peace activist and Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez.


(Joan Myers Brown, left, and Trudy Haynes.  Photos provided by Philadelphia Freedom Festival)

Nine Trailblazing Philadelphia Women Being Honored at Catto Awards Luncheon

The list of honorees includes Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco and former CBS-3 reporter and host Trudy Haynes.


Former gang leaders and community leaders give Queen Mother Falaka Fattah (in wheel chair), founder of House of Umoja, a standing ovation at the 40th anniversary event for the Imani pledge. (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Former Gang Members Reunite To Celebrate Ceasefire That Ended Gang Wars 40 Years Ago

Scores of former gang leaders came together Wednesday in Northwest Philadelphia to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Imani pledge– the ceasefire promise that ended the years of gang wars that plagued the city during the 1960s and 70s.


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Philadelphia Set For 64th Annual Writers’ Conference

The 64th edition of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference is this weekend at the Holdiay Inn, 4th and Arch.



Expressing Peace In Art And Poetry

Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate and the creator of Philadelphia‘s unique Mural Arts program have joined their passions and talents for peace, using haiku poetry as the medium on murals in the inner city.


File poto of Sonia Sanchez. (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Mayor Nutter Names Sonia Sanchez As Philadelphia’s First Poet Laureate

The city that holds down one end of the Walt Whitman Bridge is getting its first poet laureate.


First Person Festival

First Person Festival Kicks Off Monday At Painted Bride

The 9th annual First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art features live performances, author readings, documentary film screenings, food events and workshops to tell interesting stories from real life.