Readings & Workshops

Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project

The American Griot oral history project in which Maria James-Thiaw interviewed women over 65 about their memories of the Civil Rights era is coming to life on stage at the Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College on March 8 – 11th. The all female cast features 12 dynamic women and is directed by the visionary, Janet Bixler. See the flyer below for details. Tickets are selling fast. Get yours today!


Untitled: Story Slam

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

  • Friday, January 11 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 14 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

 Reclaim Residencies

American Griot Project Residency

This project teaches students the value of history, communication skills and writing skills. Students are able to conduct oral history and then translate the stories they collect into poetry. They work together to build a performance for friends and family at the end of the residency. (10 – 20 days, through Jumpstreet Artist in Residency program)

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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