April 5, 2018
Great Hall Meeting Room
Part of the 40th ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Poetry slam hosted by Aja Monet
Herman Beavers is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent poems have appeared in Cleaver Magazine, The American Arts Quarterly, and Supplement, no. 2. His poems have been anthologized in Gathering Ground: A Cave Canem Reader, Obsession: Sestinas for the 21st Century, Remembering Gwen, and the forthcoming Who Will Speak for America?. His poems have been nominated three times for The Pushcart Prize in Poetry as well as The Best American Poetry series and The Best of the Web. He has been a finalist for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize, the Lena Miles Wever Poetry Prize and the Numinous Orisons Luminous Origin Prize. He is also the author of Obsidian Blues (Agape Editions’ Morning House Chapbook Series) and Geography and the Political Imagination in the Novels of Toni Morrison (Palgrave MacMillan).
Lisa B. Thompson is an award-winning playwright and Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her plays include Underground (Austin Critics Table 2017 David Mark Cohen New Play Award), Single Black Female (2005 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Comedy nominee), Mother’s Day, Watch, I Don’t Want to Be (Mamie Till), Dreadtime Stories: One Sista’s Hair, and Mother Nature. She is also the author of the book Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009). She has held fellowships and residencies from institutions such as Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Stanford University’s Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, UCLA’s Center for African American Studies, the University of Texas at Austin’s Humanities Institute, the University of California’s Office of the President, the Five Colleges, Hedgebrook, and The Millay Colony for the Arts.
Hosted by the Office of Student Life, the Multicultural Center and the Department of African American and African Studies