R180. Facing Trauma: POC Leveraging Their Experience in the Academy to Initiate Community Healing

Liberty Salon M, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


It is increasingly difficult for those in privileged positions (politicians, the academy, the media) to ignore the violence in America’s public sphere. Often, the responses to these structures of power are confined to exposure (media coverage, statistics, etc.) or punishment of offending parties. This panel discusses how POC leverage their MFAs in nontraditional ways to foster healing in communities with trauma via new media/video games, community workshops, and other modes of cultural healing.



Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow whose work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, the Volta, Rhino, Bat City Review, and others. He's an associate editor with Rhino, and he currently serves on creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.

Maya Marshall, an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina, is a Cave Canem fellow and an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Currently, she is a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine and an editor of Yemassee. Her chapbook, Secondhand, is forthcoming.

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem Fellow, graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and recipient of three Bread Loaf scholarships. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. Keith works as a writer and game designer in Chicago.

Cristina Correa has received fellowships from VONA, Indiana University Writers’ Conference, and Ragdale Foundation. Her work is published or forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Best New Poets 2015, Vinyl, MAKE, Western Humanities Review, and Latino Poetics. She is an MFA candidate at Cornell University.


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