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Trapeta B. Mayson is a dynamic poet, workshop leader and educator. She has worked extensively with young people and adults in educational, artistic and institutional settings conducting poetry and creative writing workshops. She has received numerous literary awards and fellowships including a 2002 Pew Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants, 2007 Leeway Transformation Award and a 2014 Leeway Art and Change grant. Trapeta is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow and has completed residencies at schools, community agencies and artistic institutions. Her chapbook, She Was Once Herself, was released in 2012.  Trapeta’s other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review;Aesthetica Creative Works Annual Review;Margie, The American Journal of Poetry and Lavanderia, Anthology of Women Writing, to name a few. She is a native of Liberia and grew up in Philadelphia. Trapeta is a licensed clinical social worker. She has also earned her MBA and has worked for years in the human services field and with artistic and cultural institutions. Trapeta is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business.




Facilitator, Germantown Poetry Project with Network for New Music. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

October/November 2016

Multi week community poetry and music workshops

Joseph E. Coleman Library, 68 W. Chelten Avenue Philadelphia

For more info: http://www.networkfornewmusic.org/


About Trapeta

Featured poet, Penn Poetry and Poetics Series,

U of Pennsylvania, Department of English

Fisher-Bennett Hall, Graduate Lounge, Room 330

Wednesday, December, 2016

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Details: https://www.english.upenn.edu/graduate/working-groups/poetics

Facilitator, The Mission Statement Workshop Series

A workshop series that connects younger poets to established Black poets in the city of Philadelphia. The suggested donation is $10.

Dates & Locations:
Sunday, November 20, 2016 and

Sunday, December 18, 2016
West Philadelphia Art Church
5219 Webster Street

Philadelphia, PA


Media: Seven poets keeping the rhythmic tradition alive in Philadelphia, Phillyvoice Article by Brandon Baker

Trapeta B. Mayson featured


Poetry video, Father, WHYY Experience, Natural Light Film


Trapeta Mayson

Media: Historic Germantown celebrates director’s productive year, The Philadelphia Tribune by Samaria Bailey


Happiness is a choice

Featured Poet, Women's Community Revitalization Project,  35th Anniversary Celebration

  Friday, October 14, 2016

7:00 pm