Upcoming Events

Ridgelines will participate for the third time this year in Centre Gives, the Centre Foundation's 36-hour online giving event starting at 9:00 am on, May 11, 2021 and ending at 9:00 pm on, May 12, 2021. Donations through Centre Gives not only qualify Ridgelines for a larger share of the $100,000 stretch pool, but also help us qualify for additional prize money. We hope you’ll go to on May 11th or 12th and help to support our 2021 programs!

May 7th & 8th, 2019


The Heartwork of Poetry
with Tanaya Winder 
a digital workshop for women-identifying central Pennsylvanians  
3 Wednesday evenings in April: April 7th, 14th, 21st, 7:30-8:30 PM

sliding scale registration fee, $0-$75 for the 3-workshop series

Each of us has a story and it is a story only we can tell. The voice we each have is powerful and worth sharing. Learning how to render your heart on the page is one of the most helpful skills one can possess because you’ll always have that as a means of processing joys, hurts, or all that comes in between. Come participate in this workshop series for reflective and interesting writing prompts to help rediscover and strengthen the inner passion and voice that you have.


Using an Indigenous corn teaching metaphor you will learn that writing poetry is just like a corn plant growing – both begin with a seed of inspiration and grow into something beautiful. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at, if you’re just starting, curious, or have been writing for years, you’ll rediscover the power of poetry in this workshop.

Tanaya Winder is an author, singer / songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen.  Tanaya’s performances and talks emphasize the importance of “heartwork” – the life path one is meant to follow by using his/her/their gifts and passions. She blends storytelling, singing, and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love). She is the Director of the University of Colorado Boulder's Upward Bound program; during her 10 years there she has served hundreds of Indigenous youth. Tanaya believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share. Her specialties include: youth & women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops, and mental wellness advocacy.

photo credit: Natahanee Winder
A Quarterly Open Mic Series
for Women-Identifying Writers, Singers, Storytellers, & Their Listeners
Spring 2020 Inaugural Open Mic
with a midway reception for mingling and meeting
at The Makery, 209 W Calder Way, State College, PA
hosted by Write to Shine
Theme: Anger & Tenderness

Old women, young women, trans women, cis women, women of all colors and queer women, wild women, quiet women—and all who love to listen to the words of women—please join Ridgelines for our inaugural Intersections open mic! Bring an original poem, short work of prose, or song to share. Or, if you are a storyteller, bring a story to tell that happened to you.


Whether you are a professional poet, a budding singer-songwriter, or an avid listener—please join us to celebrate and share diverse takes on womanhood, girlhood, and femininity in Centre County!

Past Events

Being Heard: Poetry Reading and Booklet Release Party

Monday, Dec. 23rd, 2pm-3:30pm

Centre Crest Nursing Home

Rose Cafe

502 E. Howard St., Bellefonte, PA

Join this autumn's Being Heard participants for a reading and celebration of their poems. Pick up a booklet or poetry poster, visit with the poets, and enjoy the fruits of our longest-running program! Since 2012 Being Heard has honored the voices and imaginations of Centre County's low-income older adults.

The 2019 Multicultural Unity Fair

Saturday, September 28th, 2019, noon-4

State College Borough Building

243 South Allen St, State College PA 16801


Join us again this year at the 2nd annual Multicultural Unity Fair! This vibrant event brings together many different community organizations, performing artists, food vendors, and more. Ridgelines looks forward to seeing you there--drop by our table and contribute to a collaborative poem that celebrates our community's diversity! This event is hosted by the Community Diversity Group, which brings diverse peoples together to cultivate inclusive, engaged communities.  

"A Poem In Our Eyes" Exhibition at Schlow Library

June 2019

Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow Library

State College, PA


Drop in to Schlow Library throughout the month of June 2019 to enjoy poems written by residents of Centre Crest Nursing Home’s memory care unit in response to artworks by artists with ties to Centre County. Both the poems and the artworks will be on display, forming an exhibition that sets verbal and visual art in conversation, honors the imaginations of those living with memory loss, and challenges conventional notions of disability. 

Nico Amador at the Bellefonte Art Museum

Friday, May 17th, 2019

7:30 PM

Ridgelines Teaching Artist Nico Amador will give a reading of his poems as part of the 2018-2019 Out Loud reading series at the Bellefonte Art Museum. We’re delighted to welcome Nico to central PA for this reading, and also looking forward to welcoming him back at the end of June, when he’ll teach Poetry for the Future, an intensive summer poetry writing workshop for queer and trans youth.

NICO AMADOR is a poet, community organizer and educator living in Vermont, by way of San Diego and Philadelphia. His chapbook, Flower Wars, was selected as the winner of the Anzaldúa Poetry Prize and was published by Newfound Press in 2017. He is a recent grant recipient from the Vermont Arts Council, an alumni of the Home School and Lambda Literary Foundation's Writers Retreat, and helped to found the Rogue Writing Workshop of Philadelphia, which provides workshop instruction with accomplished poets to those writing and learning outside of academic institutions.

You can also visit his website for more information:


May 7th & 8th, 2019


Ridgelines will participate for the first time this year in Centre Gives, the Centre Foundation's 36-hour online giving event starting at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and ending at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Donations through Centre Gives not only qualify Ridgelines for a larger share of the $100,000 stretch pool, but also help us qualify for additional prize money. We hope you’ll go to on May 7th or 8th and help to support our 2019 programs!

Write Poems with Ridgelines at the 1st Annual Centre County Multicultural Fair

Saturday Sept. 22nd, 2018


State College Borough Building

243 South Allen Street, State College, PA

Visit with Ridgelines at the 1st Annual Centre County Multicultural Fair! We'll be there all afternoon inviting fair-goers to write poems about themselves and their cultures, and we'll be creating a large collaborative poem featuring everyone's contributions.

G.C. Waldrep & Karla Kelsey Read from New Works: An Autumn Poetry Reading to Benefit Ridgelines

Saturday, Sept. 8th, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Workshop in Centre Hall

375 North Pennsylvania Ave, Centre Hall, PA

$10 suggested donation


Come join us for an autumn evening of poetry, celebrating new books by poets G.C. Waldrep and Karla Kelsey. Enjoy a unique venue, and visit with our local literary community! All donations will go towards our 2019 programs.

A Poem in Our Eyes

May 2018 at the Bellefonte Art Museum

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:00 PM: Celebration and Community Writing Event

Celebrate a unique verbal/visual collaboration between residents of Centre Crest Nursing Home's memory loss unit, local artists, and one of our teaching poets.  This show will share the results of weekly sessions during which Centre Crest participants wrote collaborative poems in response to paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, and sculptures by Centre County artists.

The last installment of the 2018 Out Loud reading series, 'A Poem in Our Eyes' will honor the imagination of those living with memory loss and challenge conventional notions of disability.

Write to Shine Dance Party

An Evening of Dancing to Benefit Storm Break Girls Group Home

The Makery, State College

Friday, May 11th, 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM

On Friday, May 11th, our friends-in-community-writing at Write to Shine are hosting a fundraiser dance party at The Makery in State College to support our summer programming at Storm Break girls' group home!  We're happy to collaborate with Write to Shine to bring language arts to our region's youth shelter for young women.  Join us for dancing, craft cocktails, and to honor the voices of new language artists.

Use Your Words!

East Penns Valley Library, Millheim

Saturday, April 21, 2018

11:00am - 3:00pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Ridgelines at the East Penns Valley Library in Millheim, PA. Join local poets to play with typewriters, contribute to a collective poem, make a Mother's Day card featuring a line of poetry, and take home broadsides from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project. Bring your own favorite poem to record in your own voice for Ridgelines' podcast series, Use Your Words!