Tuesday February 21, 7pm
Poets & Prophets Presents
Kimmika L. H, Williams-Witherspoon
Professor, Poet, Playwright, Lecturer, Director, and performance Artist. She holds a Ph.D (Anthropology); MA (Anthropology); MFA (Theater); Graduate Certificate (Women’s Studies); B.A. (Journalism); Kimmika 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(2000); the 1999, winner of the DaimlerChrysler “Spirit of the Word” National Poetry Competition at Seattle, Washington’s Unity’99 Conference and the DaimlerChrysler Regional Poetry Contest for Philadelphia, the 1996, Lila Wallace Creative Arts Fellowship with the American Antiquarian Society and Dr. Williams-Witherspoon is also a two-time returning playwright with the Minneapolis Playwrights’ Center and Pew Charitable Trusts Playwrights Exchange. A one time Arts Producer for public radio, she was also cited for outstanding journalism by the Philadelphia Veterans Administration. And she has stage credits. 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. The author of eight books of poetry, her latest is They Never Told me there’d Be Days Like This. Williams is a recipient of numerous Residency, Teaching and Community Service Awards, including citations from City Council, The Goode Admin., the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the key to the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania by Mayor James P. Connors in 1992.
Her adventures as a Recording Artist include a new CD Spoken Word long with the ground-breaking cassette, DON’T CALL ME A BITCH, (1985) on the Mark Hyman Associates label. Up-coming projects include, the soon-to-be released short story collection, Never Alone: Tales from the ‘Hood. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, PH.D., is a contributing poet to several anthologies and is the author of seven volumes of poetry. She is recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: the Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship in Screenwriting; the Daimler Chrysler “Spirit of the Word” National Poetry Competition; and the Lila Wallace Creative Arts Fellowship.