Rivers that Feed Us


Heritage in Poetry

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

October 26, 2022 (Wednesday) / 6:00 pm—7:30 pm


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

This location is ADA accessible

Rivers that Feed Us


Heritage in Poetry


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; Associate Professor and Co-Director 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. 

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