Join us on Wednesday, February 21
at 6 pm
for a reading and discussion on
Reading Race and Racial Violence in America Across Regional Lines
with Artress Bethany White and Herman Beavers
Poet and scholar Artress Bethany White will read poetry from her collection, Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants, the critical anthology Seeking Home: Marginalization and Representation in Appalachian Literature and Song (2017), and forthcoming prose from Tupelo Quarterly, with discussion led by Dr. Herman Beavers of the University of Pennsylvania to follow.
White is a poet, essayist, and academic who writes extensively about American race politics and contemporary literature. Her new poetry can be found in recent issues of Poet Lore and Ecotone and is forthcoming in the spring 2018 issue of the literary journal Pleiades. Her recent memoir essay, “Sonny Boy,” appears in the current issue (10.4) of The Hopkins Review. Another memoir essay, “A Lynching in North Carolina,” will appear in the spring 2018 online issue of Tupelo Quarterly. White’s most recent literary criticism on fiction writer Ron Rash and poet Natasha Trethewey can be found in the new anthology Seeking Home: Marginalization and Representation in Appalachian Letters and Song (University of Tennessee Press, 2017). Her chapter examines how contemporary writers are expanding discussion on the legacy of the Civil War. White is currently visiting faculty in American cultural studies at Albright College in Pennsylvania.
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 Colloquy, Versadelphia, 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 Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Black Scholar.