Healing Verse Poetry Line
Curated by Yolanda Wisher & Trapeta B. Mayson
Every Monday morning, a new poem centering mental well being can be heard by calling the number 1-855-POEMRX2 (1-855-763-6792).
Launched in January 2021 by Philadelphia Poet Laureate and licensed clinical social worker Trapeta B. Mayson, the toll-free and 24/7 phone line offers callers an opportunity to hear a new and hopeful poem on a weekly basis. Healing Verse uses poetry as a foundation to promote wellness, mental health, and mental well-being across the city, country, and world.
In 2022, the phone line finds a new home at Philadelphia Contemporary and will feature the work of 50 emerging and professional poets, many connected to schools, senior and community centers.
This project was supported by the Academy of American Poets, Free Library of Philadelphia, and Kelly Writers House.
2021 Healing Verse Poetry Line Participants
Nina Ball aka Lyrispect
John Wall Barger
Beth Feldman Brandt
Enoch the Poet
Courtney C. Gambrell
Quincy Scott Jones
Airea D. Matthews
Trapeta B. Mayson
Cynthia Dewi Oka
Ewuare X. Osayande
Elijah B. Pringle
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Trapeta B. Mayson was the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Poet Laureate. She is the founder of Healing Verse Philly, which includes the Healing Verse Poetry Line, a hallmark project of her poet laureate tenure. Mayson is a Pew, Academy of American Poets, and Aspen Word Fellow. She is also a Leeway Transformation, Leeway Art and Change, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awardee. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies.
A native of Liberia and she was raised in the North Philadelphia and Germantown neighborhoods of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and Villanova University School of Business. Currently working in the community mental health field, Mayson is a member of several local organizations where she uses the arts to help mobilize and build community.