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Professor, English and Africana Studies School of Arts and Sciences

Herman Beavers has taught at Penn since 1989.  Professor Beavers has a joint appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and teaches courses in African American and American literature, including courses on Southern Modernism, 20th Century African American Poetry, as well as  “Trading Fours:  The Literatures of Jazz,” which is a requisite course in the Jazz and Popular Music minor.  He also teaches a section of the introductory poetry workshop in the Creative Writing Program.  Professor Beavers also teaches (with Prof. Suzana Berger) the Arts-Based Community Service course entitled, “August Wilson and Beyond,” which brings Penn students together with West Philadelphia residents to read August Wilson’s Century Cycle of plays.  His most recent poems have appeared (or are about to appear) in MELUS, The Langston Hughes ColloquyVersadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and The American Arts Quarterly.  He has recently published essays on  August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison.  His latest book, Changing the Order of Things: Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  He also serves as an advisory editor at African American ReviewModern Fiction Studies, and The Black Scholar.