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One Book Wednesday on the Stoop with Blue Stoop

June 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


This event is part of One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 centering Jericho Brown’s collection of poems, THE TRADITION.

Join Blue Stoop and Michelle Chikaonda for a creative workshop inspired by The Tradition. This supportive session for writers and readers of all walks of life and experience levels will offer prompts, engagement with writing craft, and space for writing and community. Wednesdays on the Stoop is a Blue Stoop series of free programming held on Zoom every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with sessions ranging from sitting together to read stories or poems, writing quietly together, open mics, and more.

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Michelle Alipao Chikaonda is a nonfiction writer from Blantyre, Malawi, currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has won the 2014 Literary Award for Narrative Nonfiction of the Tucson Festival of Books, the 2015 Stephen J. Meringoff Award for Nonfiction of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers, and the 2015 Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship for writers of color from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. In 2015 she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and in 2020 she was longlisted for the Toyin Falola Prize; she will be published along with 39 other emerging African writers in the Prize’s forthcoming anthology in 2021.

She is a workshop instructor at Mighty Writers, a Philadelphia nonprofit teaching writing and critical thinking to children and teens. She was a 2019 resident at The Seventh Wave’s Rhinebeck Residency, and is a Voices of Our Nations [VONA] Workshop fellow, a Tin House Summer Workshop alumna, and was a presenter at the 2019 and 2020 Association of Writing and Writing Programs [AWP] conferences. She is currently published in The Globe and MailElectric LiteratureCatapultAfrica is A Country, and Al Jazeera English, among others.


June 9
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Free Library of Philadelphia
Blue Stoop