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Heritage in Poetry
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Livestream also available


Herman Beavers

Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Airea D. Matthews

2022–2023 Philadelphia Poet Laureate; Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Bryn Mawr College

Raquel Salas Rivera

2018–2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate

Syd Zolf

Artist in Residence, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania


Poems give life to our collective senses of identity and history, to individual feelings, to experiences of belonging and loss, and joy and sorrow. They shape our memories and help make sense of how we arrived where we are and where we are going. Please join us for an evening of readings by four outstanding poets, Herman Beavers, Airea D. Matthews, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Syd Zolf, as they reflect on heritage in all its richness and complexity.

A book signing will follow. 

Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies; the Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies; the Department of English; the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and the Program in Comparative Literature.