Mentor & Mentored

Tuesday February 11, 2014, 7pm

Moonstone Poetry @ PhillyCAM Studios – 699 Ranstead Street


M. Nzadi Keita with Sinnea Douglas & Tracey Ferdinand

Nzadi Zimele KeitaM. Nzadi Keita is a Philly-born writer, editor, scholar and teacher. Her first book of poems, Birthmarks, documents a generation of African-Americans who migrated from the rural South to the urban North. She has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for poetry and the Leeway Foundation for scholarship. Poet Lore Journal most recently published Keita’s work.  Her poems also appear in anthologies including Peace Is A Haiku Song, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Confirmation: An Anthology of African-American Women, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South.  She has worked on projects with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, WHYY, and Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. Once a cashier, a data entry clerk, a security guard, a freelance journalist, and a community educator, Keita is now a professor at Ursinus College, where she teaches creative writing and contemporary American literature.


Sinnea DougladSinnea Douglas is a junior English major at Ursinus College. She first began writing poetry in the 9th grade. She spent most of her high school years perfecting her craft and traveling with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, performing on stages throughout the country.

Tracey FerdinandTracey Ferdinand holds a master’s degree in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Ursinus College. Her main areas of interest and research are Africana women’s literature, womanism, and narrative medicine.

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  1. Doris Thomas says:

    Miss Doris Thomas is a Certified Studio Producer from PhillyCAM. Miss Thomas is seeking a letter of support in regards to applying for grants and sponsoring my television program for READING LITERACY, PERFORMING ARTS, AND VISUAL ARTS TELEVISION PROGRAMMING production. Miss Thomas utilizes PhillyCAM to promote Reading literacy, Poetry, Language Arts Literacy Education, PERFORMING ARTS, VISUAL ARTS FOR THE PHILADELPHIA AREA Multiethnic populations, veterans, women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Miss Doris Thomas is a veteran who served in the United States Army and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Miss Doris A. Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Cheyney University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University in Business Administration.

    Miss Doris Thomas has co directed and co produced several Moonstone Arts Mentor and Mentored television programs for PhillyCAM, such as the Polish Poet. Moonstone Arts Mentor and Mentored have featured Dr. Sonia Sanchez,M. Nzadi Keita with Sinnea Douglas & Tracey Ferdinand at PhillyCAM. Miss Thomas has been instrumental in the creation of the television programming and digital content located on Channel 66 and 966 and Verizon Fios Channel 29 & 30. Miss Thomas served as the Audio Director, Camera Operator and Floor Manager for several Moonstone Arts Center productions.