Bai T. was a father, a great husband, and family man, but he was the mentor of many young Liberians who were seeking a place for Liberian literature in the world, especially, during those several years before his death. I visited both his home and his office a few times to chat with Bai T. Moore during those last years. Despite his fame and place in Liberia then, he was always willing to listen to us young people, and was quick to offer his words of wisdom whenever you found yourself in his presence. He was a very calm and wise man who reminded many of us younger writers of his place as father and elder in our quest to define Liberian literature and to help Liberian literature find its place in the world of African literature. Tributes 

Remembering Bai T. Moore, Poet, Writer, Novelist

By Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley An Elder’s Prayer Oh great Spirit of the forest, I have nothing in my hand But a chicken and some rice It’s the gift of all our land Bring us sunshine with the rain So the harvest moon may blow Save my people from all pains; When the harvest time is done We will make a feast to you. —-By Bai T. Moore The late Bai T. Moore was born on October 12, 1910 in the town of Dimeh, a Gola village between Monrovia and…

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Wisher, now cochair of the committee that selects the poet laureate, said in a statement that Mayson’s “lovingly crafted poems have fed, held, and awakened many of us already. She has long been a beloved artist and educator in Philadelphia, and we are honored by her desire to serve as Poet Laureate," Wisher said. “Trapeta’s commitment to this city and its people is brilliantly evident in her work, art, and life.” Artists & Reviews 

Philadelphia Poet Laureate is Liberian born Trapeta B. Mayson

Trapeta B. Mayson, a Liberian-born poet, teacher, and licensed social worker, will be Philadelphia’s next poet laureate, for 2020 and 2021, the Free Library of Philadelphia announced Thursday. She will succeed Raquel Salas Rivera, who won a prestigious $50,000 award from the Academy of American Poets while serving in the post. The poet laureate post is a two-year position with some ceremonial and community-outreach duties. Mayson will be expected to participate in at least one reading a year at the Free Library and participate in a school program, workshop, or…

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Janetta Marilyn Konah is a Liberian Poet and Author of "Beautiful Pieces" a poetry chapbook published on Amazon. She writes themes that explore the full range of human emotions, nature, life, and society. Her writing has appeared in KWEE, a Liberia Literary Magazine where she was featured as Author of the month of January 2020. She is a member of the reading literary team, Monrovia Reads, and WeWrite Liberia, where she gets to hone your creative passion for both writing and reading. The author lives in Monrovia where she moves through her daily life on the wings of poetry. Interviews 

Interview : Janetta Marilyn Konah, Liberian Poet and Author

Janetta Marilyn Konah is a Liberian Poet and Author of “Beautiful Pieces” a poetry chapbook published on Amazon. She writes themes that explore the full range of human emotions, nature, life, and society. Her writing has appeared in KWEE, a Liberia Literary Magazine where she was featured as Author of the month of January 2020. She is a member of the reading literary team, Monrovia Reads, and WeWrite Liberia, where she gets to hone your creative passion for both writing and reading. The author lives in Monrovia where she moves…

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"Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is unequivocal about the uses of poetry, of her poetry—she is determined to trade in truth, in the power of experience, in the beauty of language to alarm and delight and in the challenge she willingly bears to be an instrument of witness and articulation for her people—for Africa, for women, for the lovers of poetry. In Praise Song for My Children, we encounter a poet at the height of her skills and at the height of her clarity about the world and what things must be spoken into it. But we are blessed to be given an insight into how she arrives at this place of power—it is a remarkable selection of some of the most urgent poems to emerge out of the wars of Liberia. Here is work of incredible joy, deepest lamentation, and necessary hope. It is a sure testament." Artists & Reviews 

Review: Praise Song for My Children, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Praise Song for My Children celebrates twenty-one years of poetry by one of the most significant African poets of this century. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley guides us through the complex and intertwined highs and lows of motherhood and all the roles that it encompasses: parent, woman, wife, sister, friend. Her work is deeply personal, drawing from her own life and surroundings to convey grief, the bleakness of war, humor, deep devotion, and the hope of possibility. These poems lend an international voice to the tales of motherhood, as Wesley speaks both…

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Born in Pleebo, Southeastern Liberia in West Africa, Cde Cherbo Geeplay is a Pan African poet; the Liberian native writes about: Africa, the Liberian civil war and its tragedy, and his Grebo heritage. His recently published short story: A CHECK POINT AWAY FROM DYING, was published by a literary magazine in the United States, which foretold the dire struggles of a family desperately trying to survive a gruesome war. Geeplay was among the younger Liberian youth, forced to attend college during the brutal civil war. He studied at the University of Liberia, majoring in Journalism and while in college, worked in the media as A senior staff reporter for several news outlets. His work has been described as layered and intelligent. His poetry first appeared in Sea Breeze Journal (Liberia) and in the Blue Lake Review (New York), Rigorous, a New Orleans based literary magazine, was also the publisher of his poems and debut short story. Geeplay have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies and was THE FINALIST OF THE ADELAIDE LITERARY AWARD FOR POETRY in Adelaide Literary Magazine, 2018, based in New York, also. Cde Cherbo Geeplay is the editor of an online journal, The Liberian Listener, and lives in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, with his family. Artists & Reviews 

Three Poems: Behind Those Walls, By Cherbo Geeplay

  Born in Pleebo, Southeastern Liberia in West Africa, Comrade Cherbo Geeplay is a Pan African poet; the Liberian native writes about: Africa, the Liberian civil war and its tragedy, and his Grebo heritage. His recently published short story: A CHECK POINT AWAY FROM DYING, was published by a literary magazine in the United States, which foretold the dire struggles of a family desperately trying to survive a gruesome war. Geeplay was among the younger Liberian youth, forced to attend college during the brutal civil war. He studied at the University of…

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Interview by Professor Patricia Wesley, Penn State University Artists & Reviews 

BEHIND THOSE WALLS

My wife whispered: somebody, go call Muna to come here. Let her tell her dad what she told me today. I asked: What’s going on behind those walls in her room? Muna, our daughter’s quiet spoke louder than her usual. Yes, a silence likened to a suicide note. The obvious depression you noticed, with suicide written all over it, like a flower that folds under a burning heat, that writes its own death on the walls of its garden somewhere around the street. The hashtags were all on Facebook, Twitter…

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Editor's Desk News 

Kenya: Meeting Celebrated Liberian Poet-Scholar Wesley

By Khainga O’okwemba Prof Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, is a phenomenal woman. She’s a literary giant. She’s a leading African woman literary scholar and writer. She visited our shores, met students and their teachers at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and at the University of Nairobi, before leaving for Kisii for the third edition of the Kistrech International Poetry Festival. Even after living and teaching in the USA – Penn State University, Altoona – for 24 years, Patricia still retains the African character in tone and sensibility. She’s…

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Ralph Cherbo Geeplay: "I was born in Pleebo, Southeastern Liberia, West Africa. I published my first set of poems in 2009 in the Liberian Sea Breeze Journal, edited by Stephanie Horton. A Pan African poet, I write about Africa, the Liberian civil war, my Grebo heritage, and everything in between. I recently published my poetry in the Blue Lake Review, and the Adelaide Literary Magazine for which I was THE FINALIST OF THE ADELAIDE LITERARY AWARD FOR POETRY 2018. I am the editor of an online journal, The Liberian Listener, and live in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, with my family." Tributes 

Farewell to Ellen

Farewell to Ellen It rains so much in Monrovia that a day is like the bloated dough on a grey earthly May, washing over October. My love, the sun, hides in her bright den refusing to be seen. Life comes to a slow twiggy motion; the forest is breathing with moisture, like a hut puffing smoke as a pipe. While the creeks bridged their ledges, there is a seismic run-down Waterside! Enough, no more, the sewage can take! She is in my arms, listening to the music pounding the roof.…

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