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Patricia Jabbeh Wesley of Liberia and Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa Read at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
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Created: 16th Sep 2009
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Sept. 19, 2 pm
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Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley immigrated with her family to the United States during the Liberian civil war. A survivor of the Liberian civil war, Wesley is the author of three full length books of poetry: The River is RisingBecoming Ebony, and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa. She has published numerous poems and non-fiction memoir articles in several American and international literary magazines and anthologies. Wesley is currently working on her fourth book of poetry, a children’s book, and her memoir about the Liberian civil war. She is the recipient of several literary awards and nominations, including the 2002 Crab Orchard Award for Becoming Ebony, the Anisfield-Wolf Award Nomination for The River is Rising, Individual Artist Awards from the Kalamazoo Foundation, and a World Bank Fellowship, among others. She is currently assistant professor of English and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona campus, and lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

PREVIEW EVENT: African Poets Gabeba Baderoon and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
When: Sat, September 19, 2pm – 3pm
Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. (map)
Description: Baderoon of South Africa, author of A Hundred Silences, and Wesley of Liberia, author of The River is Rising, share selections from their work. Co-sponsored by Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library.
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