Patricia Jabbeh Wesley to be featured in African poetry festival

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, professor of English at Penn State Altoona, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award from Saginaw Valley State University.  

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ALTOONA, Pa. — Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, professor of English at Penn State Altoona, will be a featured poet at Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Ghana, West Africa, in October.

The festival brings together writers, poets, and students from across the world. Wesley will offer poetry readings, sit on a writing panel, and conduct the poetry writing workshop “Writing Africa Anywhere: The Poetics That Keeps Us Relevant.” She will also visit the University of Ghana in Accra, where she will speak to creative writing students about her poetry and the writing of African literature.

Wesley’s poetry has been the subject of several recent reviews by literary critics and scholars across Africa and in the U.S., including “A conversation between Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and Dike Okoro,” a chapter in the book, “Futurism and the African Imagination: Literature and Other Arts,” and “Poetics of Advocacy: Womanhood and Feminist Identity in Patricia Jabbeh Wesley’s ‘Where the Road Turns,’” in Socrates Journal.

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