Moonstone Poetry Series: Herman Beavers with Lauren Yates, Camara Brown & Taylor McClendon


Moonstone Poetry Series Presents Mentor and Mentored

An intergenerational poetry series that presents both the mentor and the mentored: how does poetry travel from generation to generation, what are the themes, the sounds, what changes and what stays the same. Filmed with a live audience at the PhillyCAM Studio, the program will be edited and broadcast at a later date.


Herman Beavers is University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies. He teaches courses in 20th Century African American literature and creative writing.  Most recently, he has published essays on Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. His most recent poems have appeared in The Langston Hughes Colloquy, MELUS, and Versadelphia. He serves as an advisory editor for The African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Black Scholar.

Lauren Yates is a San Diego transplant who is currently based in Philadelphia. An alumna of The Excelano Project at the University of Pennsylvania, Lauren represented The Philadelphia Pigeon at the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis, MN. Her writing has appeared in XOJane, FRiGG, Melusine, and The Bakery. Lauren is also a poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly and a member of The Mission Statement poetry collective. For more information, visit

Camara Brown has lived in Chicago for 16 years, but her whole family is from Detroit. Although Camara loves Penn for many different reasons, one of the main reasons she loves Penn is the unique and loving community that the Kelly Writer's House offers. She loves crying at really sad movies and laughing at really funny movies. She also enjoys great Indian food and Ethiopian food. If she could be any animal in the world she would be a big cat, maybe a tiger or a lion or a puma.

Taylor "Ivy Sole" McLendon is a senior in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Ivy started writing and performing original poetry and music at the age of 14 and hasn't stopped since. At the University of Pennsylvania, she's had the pleasure of being a part of the Excelano Project, and hopes to pursue a career in music with her band Liberal Arts, and in academia, specifically in Africana Studies.

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Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Validated parking after 3pm: $5 - cash only- at Independence Garage (across the street from PhillyCAM)