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Philly’s New Poet Laureate Wants to Bring Poetry to the Public

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Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College

An assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College has been named Philadelphia's new poet laureate. Airea D. Matthews’ road to honored poet was a winding one, having left behind a career in the business world to pursue her art. WHYY's Jad Sleiman has more.

(Original air-date: 1/15/22)

Jad Sleiman mainly covered conflict and the Middle East for newspapers and wire services before switching to public radio. He’s interested in stories about smaller, surprising communities. He plays the piano and several table top games.