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Herman Beavers

Professor of English & Africana Studies

Graduate Chair

Herman Beavers is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in 20th Century and Contemporary African American literature and poetry writing.  His most recent poems have appeared in Cleaver Magazine, The American Arts Quarterly and been anthologized in The 2014 Anthology of Featured Poets and Obsession: Sestinas for the Twenty-First Century.   His scholarly monograph, Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison is forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan in late 2017 and his chapbook, Obsidian Blues has just been published by Agape Editions, as part of the Morning House Chapbook Series.   He serves as an advisory editor for The African American Review, The Black Scholar, and Modern Fiction Studies.

Research Interests

  • 20th Century African American Literary and Cultural studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • African American poetry and poetics
  • Gender Studies
  • Science and literature
  • Medicine and literature