Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, associate professor of English, has published her fifth book of poems, When the Wanderers Come Home, which documents post-war Liberia and the struggles of that country trying to recover from over a decade of war.
The book was solicited by the African Poetry Book Series’ editor, Kwame Dawes, and was jointly published by the African Poetry Book Fund and the University of Nebraska Press.
Jabbeh Wesley was also honored during her 2016 summer research and reading trip to Liberia, a visit partly sponsored by Penn State’s Individual Faculty Grant and Penn State Altoona’s Advisory Board Grant.
She was invited by The Liberian Institute for Growing Patriotism and the Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, and International Peace and Security to read her poetry to a cross section of the Liberian society, expatriates, and government officials.
During the ceremony, Jabbeh Wesley was presented with the First Symbol of Patriotism Award for her contributions in education and poetry over the years and for promoting Liberia’s image abroad. The award was presented to her by the former Minister of Education and the vice president of Liberia.
SOURCES: Penn State Altoona