Photo By El Tiempo, Bogota, Colombia, 2007

NAME: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Hobbies: Writing, Cooking, Shopping (ha)

Occupation: Family Chauffeur, Family Cook, Teacher, author, and whatever comes on a given day

CONTACT: (814) 949-5501

Visit My Website at http://www.pjabbeh.com/


E-MAIL: poetryforpeace@gmail.com



I am so glad you came to visit me. This is the greeting place, the kola nuts and spiced pepper will be served, and then you can go about from posting to posting and see what’s here for you. I do my best to write for the enjoyment of my visitors, but mostly to get them thinking about the things that bother the world. Every now and then, I get on the light side because as they say in Nigeria, “If you don’t laugh, you will cry.”

Enjoy, and please do come back from time to time. You are important.

I am Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, poet, writer, teacher, a Christian woman, wife, and mother of four. I am a professor at Penn State University ‘s Altoona campus, teaching of course, creative writing, African Lit., and whatever comes my way in the area of English. Life is interesting that way. I live in Pennsylvania, originally from Liberia, that West African country that was destroyed by fourteen years of a bloody civil war and many decades of human rights abuses. Even though I am a survivor of that war, I am only one of the few fortunate ones. My stories, therefore, are not only mine, but those of the Liberian people who died in that senseless war. Over the years, I have used my writing to bring the world’s attention to the fact that hundreds of thousands of innocent women, men, and children were killed, that about a million were displaced, including myself. Many are still languishing in refugee camps today. If the wars around the globe do not bring us all to our knees, what will? I believe that you too should be restless until all wars are put to an end. Come in. and join in the fight to end the wars in Sudan, in Iraq, in Colombia, in the Congo, and everywhere else on this globe. The written word is more powerful than the bullet.

Publications: (Books) Simply Click on any of the titles and you will be led to amazon website.


The River Is Rising by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Autumn House, Nov. 15, 2007)

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Becoming Ebony (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)  

Becoming Ebony (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) (SIU Press, 2003 -Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Competition Award, 2002)


Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (The New Issues Press Poetry Series) by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, 1998)



  1. Decontee Kofa Says:

    Aunty Patricia,

    I just want to say how proud I am to be a Liberian women because of your writting. May the good Lord continue to guide and bless the work you do with your pen.

    Stay blessed,
    Decontee Kofa
    Former Miss Liberia, MN

  2. poetryforpeace Says:


    What a nice surprise to hear from you after so long. Of course, I have been following your work out there in Minneapolis, and am very proud of you. Keep up the good work on your end. Also, please do not sign as Former Miss Liberia, MN. You are Miss Liberia, MN 2006. There is no other Miss Liberia, MN 2006, remember.

    Be blessed,

    Aunty Patricia

  3. Althea Romeo-Mark Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I am very proud to see the wonderful work your are doing and representing a side of Liberia that does speak of war and desolation.

    I am looking forward to reading your new book of poems. Would love to do a book review for in the near future.

    Please contact me at:




  4. poetryforpeace Says:

    Thanks, Althea,

    What a great surprise to speak with you after all of these years, and now your comments. Thanks. I deleted your personal info., but I now have it. Blessings out there in Switzerland.


  5. peter tatu Says:

    im just so proud to explain my happiness ,for having a surprise in that forum as the only african you did us proud thank you and keep it up. im a kenyan poet ,actor and dancer i have all this experiences and i have even trained a troupe for doing perfomances in poetry,drama and dance is there a market for our stuff if so you will have done me proud .my poetry is advocating for world peace,orphans and HIV/Aids awareness if anything inform me pliz.

    peter tatu
    leader of drama africa

  6. Kennedy Says:

    Hi, iam so much impressed with your article, i am 19yrs. old and leaving in Korogocho Nairobi, and i think we joining hands can act a movie which may lead to the stopage of war in the countries you mention. Please reply to give me ideas and what is your suggestion about the idea.

  7. poetryforpeace Says:

    Thanks, Kennedy. Will get in touch when I return home. Blessings.


  8. Marion Gartei Says:

    Hi Sister Patricia,
    Having had some discussion with some of my friends, I decided to search the internet looking for some Liberian female writers and came across some of your books. I am so proud of you and thanks for being an example. I am currently a student at st. cloud state university MN and I am assuring you that the good work that some of you have started will live on and that one day you will be proud of me/us. (those who have learned from that which you and others have started and is using it at the best of our advantage. Once again thanks for the hard work!
    Marion Gartei

  9. poetryforpeace Says:

    Thanks, Marion for this nice note. I am proud of you already. Keep up the good work; write when you can, read a lot, stay in school. Education is the way to making a difference.
    Be blessed.

    Sis Patricia

  10. Janet Morris-Evans Says:
    • poetryforpeace Says:

      Hi, Janet,

      Thanks for posting these poems of yours. Wish you had posted them on the regular web post so everyone would read them easily. I appreciate your talent and your kind language.


  11. Annie Demen Says:

    Hi Mrs. Wesley, this is one of your English 101 students at LU – 1982. I remember well how you used to ‘give it’ to us girls. Well, we did not become writers, but some of us are contributing to society in our own way. Your photo at the camp in Ghana really reminds me of you during the LU days. Thanks for the good work. Where can I find a copy of your books to buy – if it is not too expensive?

    Annie Jones (Demen)

  12. poetryforpeace Says:


    It is good to get that long ago message and to know that God has helped so many of those sweet girls in my classes beat the times and all the problems to become great and successful people. I have seen so many of my past students, and I am who I am today because of all of you. Thanks for getting back to me. It makes my day. The books can be bought cheaply by ordering them online, sometimes even cheaper than even I can buy them from my publishers. Just go to Amazon.com or google me. Everyone is selling them. Are you in the US? In Liberia, they should be in the libraries I contributed copies to. Love you much.


  13. Albert Zaza Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    I just read about your work at Penn State and around the world and already in love with you writting – you are surely a creative writer. Now I am proud again to be Liberian.

    Your brother
    Albert Zaza

  14. poetryforpeace Says:

    Thanks a lot, Albert, I appreciate your encouragement. Blessings

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  16. Suzanne Bronson Says:

    Thank you for your poem “One Day,” truly something that I needed to hear right now. I forwarded it to several friends and I am looking to purchase one of your books.

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