Readings & Workshops

 Upcoming Events:

Auvillar Performance

Maria James-Thiaw performing “Ode to the Macaroons” in French and English for the VCCA and villagers in Auvillar, France, May, 2015.

Dreams For Sale: Human Trafficking

  • December 8, 2016,  5:30 pm
  • $15 per person, students $5
  • Capital BlueCross Theatre,   Central Penn College
  • Fundraiser for The Harrisburg Chapter of the Links. For tickets contact: Mary James, 717-599-5950;

Untitled: Story Slam

Will Maria repeat her 2015 win??? Cheer her on!

  • Friday, January 10 at 7 PM
  • $5.00 per person
  • Midtown Cinema, 250 Reiley Street, Harrisburg, PA

Nathaniel Gadsden’s Writer’s Wordshop

  • Open mic night every Friday but the third
  • 7 PM – 9PM
  • Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third St. in Harrisburg, PA.

 I have over 12 years full-time professional teaching experience on the college level and 20 years experience leading entertaining and inspiring community workshops for everyone from children to senior citizens. I am a community artist dedicated to teaching excellence. In addition, I am a Teaching Artist with Jumpstreet’s arts-in-education-program. For more information, visit or email

 Workshops for Writers

These workshops are for poets interested in honing their craft or learning more about the art of poetry writing or performance. Contact or 702-901-POET to book a workshop. Best for groups of 6 – 10. $30 per session for each participant. Cash, Paypal or credit/debit accepted. Materials provided. Each participant receives a free book.

Show, Don’t Tell: Using imagery to bring your work to life!

Creative exercises to help poets go from abstract ideas to concrete word-pictures, making their poems more vivid, beautiful and clear for their readers.

Awakening the Muse: Overcoming writer’s block

Learn some relaxation techniques, writing prompts and creative ideas to overcome the dreaded white page and get writing again!

Ekphrasis in Action: Writing inspired by Art

Use fine art and photography as a prompt for your next poem. Examples include poetry from Talking “White.”

Fiyah!!! Performance Workshop

Whether you are preparing for a poetry slam or an open mic night, learn to go beyond poetry ‘reading’ to performing with this fun, interactive workshop.

Poetry Craft Nights

Get the girls together for a relaxing and fun evening making your words into visual art. From journals to jewelry, you bring the wine, and leave the craft supplies to Maria!


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