National Poetry Month Programs
Dr. Beavers teaches in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of Wrestling Angels into Song: The Fictions of Ernest J. Gaines and James Alan McPherson, which was published in 1995 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He also has a chapbook of poems, A Neighborhood of Feeling (1986) from Doris Publications. His most recent poems have appeared in Callaloo, Cross Connect, and Peregrine.
Ms. Bridges received a 1999 and 2005 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for her poetry and is the 2005 National Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for an original first book by an African American poet, Lions Don't Eat Us . A native of New Jersey, a quilter and doll maker, Ms. Bridges began her writing career after early retirement as a Program Analyst for the Treasury Department.