Faculty & Staff

Dr. Joseph Benevento
Professor of English

Fall 2022 office hours
MWF: 10:30 - 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
TR: 10:30 - 11:30 AM

BA, New York University; MA, Ohio State University; PhD, Michigan State University.

Dr. Benevento started teaching at Truman in 1983. He usually teaches Creative Writing (all levels), American Romanticism, Literature of American Minorities (Latino/Latina), Mystery, and Latin American Lit (in translation). His current writing interests are poetry, short fiction, novels, and creative non-fiction. His first mystery novel, "The Monsignor's Wife" is currently available from Moonshine Cove Publishing.

      "I grew up in a working class neighborhood in Queens. I went NYU undergrad, then Ohio State and Michigan State for MA and PhD. I enjoy singing, guitar, playing basketball and softball, fishing. I speak Spanish and some Italian."

Dr. Benevento's favorite authors are Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Borges, and García Márquez.

His favorite quotation?

      "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone."- Thoreau, Walden
                                                                  -Thoreau, Walden