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Moonstone Art Center: Mentor & Mentored


Moonstone Poetry @ PhillyCAM Studios

An intergenerational poetry series that presents both the mentor and the mentored: how does poetry travel from generation to generation, what are the themes, the sounds, what changes and what stays the same.  The event will be filmed with a live audience at PhillyCAM, the program will be edited and broadcast at a later date.

Pat McLean, a performance poet and teaching artist who facilitated workshops at Temple University’s PASCEP (Pan-African Studies Community Education Program). She is presently a teaching artist with the Woodmere Art Museum and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation. Additionally she has facilitated workshops for the Mastery and Universal Charter Schools in affiliation with the Art Sanctuary, The Department of Human Services, The United Way, as well as with other organizations, educational institutions and transitional homes.

Pat is the author of three books of poetry, “A Sister Speaks of,” “Ain’t Gonna Bite My Tongue No More.” and “Healing Her Hurts,” a collection of short stories and poetry. She is the recipient of several awards, including 1st place for the Sonia Sanchez/Audre Lorde Poetry Competition, 2nd place for Judith Stark Creative Writing Competition at Community College of Philadelphia, the 2005 and 2012 Art and Change Award and the 2006 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation.

Pat has appeared on several radio and television programs, such as WUSL Power 99 FM, WHAT AM “Etches”, WRTI FM “The Bridge”, WPEB AM “People, Politics & Poetry, Philadelphia Board of Education Public TV and WYBE “Showbiz Rap,” just to name a few. Pat McLean’s poetry can be found in other publications, anthologies, newspapers and e-zines such as “BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review –Legends and Legacies,” “Life Spices from Seasoned Sistahs,” a collection of short stories by women of color, and “Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets. With most recent publication in, “For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone,” and APAIRY Literary Magazine and “More Life Spices for Seasoned Sisters.”

Christina “Khrystle” Atkinson is a trained paraprofessional who specializes in business law, a licensed PA notary and a passionate entrepreneur who launched “Khrystle’s Luv N’ Care Services”.

Ms. Atkinson has always loved to write publishing her first poem in 1989. She has had the privilege of studying under Pat McLean in the PASCEP Program at Temple University. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Creative Writing from Community College of Philadelphia and also her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Alida L. Padilla (aka as Poetic Ali) was born and raised in North Philadelphia, PA. As a Puerto Rican American Latina, Ali uses her love for spoken and written word to express her individual "spanglish" style and cultural experiences. Writing since a young girl, Ali has performed her poetry, and also has several poems printed into circulation through various media. She continues to be involved in community work throughout Philadelphia, and aspires to continue to write, perform and advocate for the community she serves.

PhillyCAM Studios
699 Ranstead St.(7th St bet. Market & Chestnut Sts.)
Phila., PA 19106