Poet Laureate 1999

As the Director of Art Education for the Mural Arts Program, Yolanda Wisher brings to her role a passion for the arts and commitment to using creative expression as a vehicle for building community. Born in Germantown and raised in North Wales, Pennsylvania, Wisher received a B.A. in English/Black Studies from Lafayette College and a M.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry from Temple University. In 1999, she was named the first poet laureate of Montgomery County. Her work has been published in the anthologies Gathering GroundThe Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and The Fence Reader. She is a Cave Canem fellow and Leeway Foundation Art and Change Award recipient. A radio host, musician, and former English teacher, Wisher founded the Germantown Poetry Festival in 2006.