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Poets Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, TS Hawkins & (Lyricspect) Nina Ball

Moonstone Poetry

Moonstone Poetry Series Presents Mentor and Mentored

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. Filmed with a live audience at the PhillyCAM Studio, the program will be edited and broadcast at a later date.

Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon Professor, Poet, Playwright, Lecturer, Director, and performance Artist, a Ph.D (Anthropology); MA (Anthropology); MFA (Theater); Graduate Certificate (Women’s Studies); B.A. (Journalism); is a two-time recipient of the Future Faculty Fellowship, at Temple University; and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theater History in the Theater Department at Temple University. Winner of the PEW Charitable Trusts Fellowship in the Arts for Scriptwriting; the DaimlerChrysler “Spirit of the Word” National Poetry Competition,  Lila Wallace Creative Arts Fellowship and is also a two-time returning playwright with the Minneapolis Playwrights’ Center. Williams is a contributing poet to several anthologies including Bum Rush the Page; Houston Poetry Fest Anthology, Houston Poetry Fest Anthology; Spirit of the Words: Moving Through Poetry etc and is the author of eight books of poetry. 

TS Hawkins  is a Temple University Poetry as Performance alum, author of four publications: Sugar Lumps and Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar and Lil Blæk Book: All the Long Stories Short. She has presented at locations including: BAX, 107.9 WRNB, WRTI 90.1 FM, Studio Luna, Improv Café, Temple University, Aspire Arts, NBC 10, Moonstone: 100 Poets Reading, The Liacouras Center, Tree House Books, The Bowery, Warmdaddy’s, The NAACP, Lincoln University, TheFirst Person Arts, Lady M Events, The Painted Bride, So 4Real. Currently, she is the Producer for her own radio station, PR Radio. Hawkins also blogs for If You Give a Girl a Pen, a website that gives woman writers a positive forum to enhance writing fundamentals!

(Lyricspect) Nina Ball is an award-winning poet, performer, activist & executive-producer who has been recognized by the NAACP and U.S. Coast Guard. She was an invited guest of The White House, recipient of the Sonia Sanchez Women’s Studies Award, and in 2013 she received the Asia Adams Save OUR Children Foundation Positive Image Award. Her social-change work is featured on two murals in Philadelphia. Nina has been a director and teaching artist for BLACK GIRLS ROCK! INC. since 2010.She has been a featured speaker &panelist for social justice, HIV/AIDS awareness, poverty, race and gender studies at conferences, summits and universities. She is a national leader for the African-American Film Festival releasing Movement (AFFRM) and an advocate for the empowerment of all women, girls and underserved populations.

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