Former Harrisburg Poet Laureate Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden Featured Noon Friday in City Hall Atrium

gadsdenFormer Harrisburg Poet Laureate the Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden will read from his work at noon Friday in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., as part of the brown bag cultural series being sponsored by Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

“Rev. Gadsden is a profound poet and community leader who is committed to supporting youth and families in our region,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “His poetry is both uplifting and inspiring. We are honored to have him as our next featured artist for the atrium series.”

The Mayor’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Department is organizing cultural events in the atrium of City Hall on the first and third Fridays of each month.  The events are free and open to the public. Earlier in the month, current Poet Laureate Rick Kearns read from his works, and the events also have featured performances by actors from Open Stage Harrisburg.

Rev. Gadsden is Senior Pastor of Imani African Christian Church in Harrisburg, PA.  He is a Community Impact Manager and Director of the Fatherhood Academy for United Way of the Capital Region.  He is a former School Counselor for Sci-Tech High School, with the Harrisburg School District. In addition, Rev. Gadsden is a Christian Therapist and author of “Learning Self Therapy through Writing” a creative writing journal; “By Any Words Necessary” a collection of his poetry  and “Candy From Heaven” his first children’s book.

He is Co-Host , with his wife Patricia, of the Life Esteem Television Show, which airs on WHP-TV 21 (CBS) and

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