We (Too) Are Philly: The Commons

What does a Philly Commons look like? How can we conceptualize communal land, the relationship between land and community? How do we grow and tend a future?


A slideshow/video from the PHL to PR brigade, featuring the ‘testimonies’ of the brigade and the voices of the farmers, followed by a short Q & A.


  • Provide support for two farms in Puerto Rico to rebuild farm infrastructure
  • Connect with Puerto Rican farmers/communities to learn about the vision for food sovereignty
  • Share learning from Philadelphia/local/global communities connected to food justice work
  • Create study time for Philly farmers to learn more about the inequity that the United States participates in with regards to the island
  • Support Philly farmers in actualizing personal goals around connecting with nature and skill building
  • Centering front-line community in the aid of front line community
  • Centering compensation for for queer/trans, formerly incarcerated, and those that have been affected by climate change and government divestment


Lillian Marrero Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia
601 W Lehigh Ave.


June 11 from 6:30-10 PM

The Lineup

Husnaa Hashim



Husnaa Hashim is the 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. She is an 18 year old, dual-enrolled senior at Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus and the Community College of Philadelphia from West Philadelphia by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Husnaa has been writing for over 8 years, and was first published at the age of 10. Since, she has gone on to compete with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, place 1st in the Free Library Teen Poetry Slam, perform at the Muslim Congress Conference, the Black Muslim Psychology Conference, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and receive recognitions including a National American Voices Medal awarded at Carnegie Hall, a National Gold Medal, 4 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys, and 10+ Honorable Mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work has appeared in RookieMag, KidSpirit Online, New Moon Girls Media, the Kenyon Young Writers Anthology, the Voices of the East Coast Anthology, and APIARY 9, among others. For 2 years she served as a Student Group Leader for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s youth initiative “Walking the Walk,” and currently serves as a Teen Council member for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She enjoys making flower crowns and spending time with her cat, Maya (Angelou) Luna.


David Caleb Acevedo



David Caleb Acevedo (San Juan, PR). Born in 1980. He has published his work in several literary magazines, such as Poui, The Caribbean Writer, Pastiche, El sótano 00931, Ceiba, Esencia y palabra and Boreales. His work is featured in the following anthologies: Cuentos de oficio (edited by Mayra Santos-Febres), Nueva poesía hispanoamericana (edited by Leo Zelada), EM: edición minima (edited by El sótano 00931 editores), Los rostros de la hidra (edited by Julio César Pol), Open Mic/Micrófono abierto (Hostos Review vol. 2), Los otros cuerpos: antología de temática gay, lésbica y queer desde Puerto Rico y su diáspora (coedited by Luis Negrón, Moisés Agosto-Rosario and David Caleb Acevedo himself), From Macho to Mariposa (edited by Charlie Vázquez and Charles Rice-González) and de Pinga(zos) (edited by Max Chárriez and Julio A. García). He has published two poetry books: Bestiario en nomenclatura binomial (Editorial Aventis) and Empírea o la Saga de la Nueva Ciudad (Erizo Editorial).

The author also works as a literary translator, having translated innumerable books by Puerto Rican authors. Acevedo also works full-time as a court translator at the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, but has worked as a resident translator for Pan American Language Institute, the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao, and the publishers Grupo Editorial Santillana and Editorial Norma.


Irène Mathieu


Irène Mathieu, MD is a pediatrician, writer, and global public health researcher. The author of orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017) and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014), she is winner of the Bob Kaufman Book Prize and Yemassee Journal‘s poetry prize. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Irène’s work has been published or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Callaloo, Narrative Magazine, Los Angeles Review, Foundry, and elsewhere. www.irenemathieu.com



Aricka Foreman



Aricka Foreman is a poet, editor and educator from Detroit, MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber (YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her poems, essays and features have appeared in The Offing, Buzzfeed, Vinyl, RHINO, The Blueshift Journal, Day One, shuf Poetry, James Franco Review, THRUSH, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She currently lives in Chicago, IL.