We (Too) Are Philly

We (Too) Are Philly is a summer poetry festival organized by the 2018-2019 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Raquel Salas Rivera, and poets Ashley DavisKirwyn Sutherland, and Raena Shirali. It is inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem “I, Too” and features a line-up of poets of color who have a strong commitment to fighting white supremacy and collaborating with local communities to create shared creative spaces. Poets will come from all over, but each featured poet will be from Philadelphia. We believe that highlighting local authors will serve to raise and respect the histories of those who have built this city. Each reading will also feature at least one poet that works in more than one language. This is a sanctuary city; this festival is a sanctuary space. ICE and fascism have no right to terrorize our loved ones; our authors’ works maintain that truth.

We aspire to have not just poets of color performing, but also POC audiences. Historically, there has been a racial power dynamic in which white audiences consume black and brown art. This is not that kind of festival.

Get ready for some kinda beauty. 

Listen to a sample playlist of authors featured over the course of the summer here.

Watch the entirety of "Whose Parks? Our Parks!", the WTAP finale event, here

Raquel Salas Rivera, Ashley Davis, Kirwyn Sutherland, & Raena Shirali

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"'I’d like folks to know that these are spaces where overt discussion, contemplation, and wrestling is taking place — with issues that confront us all,' Shirali says. 'We (Too) Are Philly feels, to me, like a hybrid between a festival and a POC conference. These are our common spaces. Come heal with us.'” -Broad Street Review
WTAP featured at Poets.org as the #PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week

 

PAST WTAP EVENTS

JUNE 11. PHILLY COMMONS.


David Caleb Acevedo
Irène Mathieu
Aricka Foreman
Featured Poet: Husnaa Hashim

JUNE 3. WE (TOO) ARE PHILLY LAUNCH.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Vincent Toro and Grisel Acosta
Kassidi Jones
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela
Denice Frohman
Featured Poet: Warren Longmire

 

JULY 12. SCHOOLS, NOT PRISONS / PRISON ABOLITION.

Kenning JP Garcia
Itiola Jones
Cortney Lamar Charleston
Oskar Castro
Featured Poet: Becky Birtha

AUGUST 11 OR 12. WHOSE PARKS? OUR PARKS! ON DISPLACEMENT AND GENTRIFICATION.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro
Hanif Abdurraqib
Cynthia Dewi Oka
Ana Portnoy
Raquel Salas Rivera
Kirwyn Sutherland
Ashley Davis
Raena Shirali
Featured Poet: Yolanda Wisher

JUNE 26. WHOSE SCHOOLS? OUR SCHOOLS!

Ginger Ko
Kai Davis
Porsha Olayiwola
Marwa Helal
Nabila Lovelace
Feature Poet: Trapeta Mayson

JULY 26. SOLIDARITY BEFORE CITIZENSHIP.

Angel Dominguez
Fei Hernandez
Paige Quiñones
Jayson P. Smith
Featured Poet: Nikki Lopez