R133. Gender Outlaws: Teaching Gender Identity in Creative Writing

Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This multigenre, gender-diverse panel will discuss inclusive pedagogical approaches that move beyond the gender binary in order to expand their students’ creative writing potential. Panelists offer examples of practical application in the classroom and also discuss the challenges they faced, such as seeking institutional support for LGBTQIA+ curriculum, incorporating lessons into classes that aren’t designated as gender special topics, and teaching a classroom of cis-identified students.


Alea Eve Hall is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She was the 2017–2018 recipient of the Wardle, Spire, and Lane English Department Graduate Scholarship and was awarded runner-up for the 2017 Mckenna Graduate Fellowship for her essay “Iodine.”

Jody Keisner is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Threepenny Review, Brevity, Hunger Mountain, VIDA Review, Brain,Child, So To Speak, New Writing, Assay, Women's Studies, and Studies in the Humanities, among others.

Meg Day is the 2015–2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level. Day is assistant professor of English and creative writing at Franklin & Marshall College.

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and recombinant, and coeditor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities. They are part of Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Callaloo, Macondo, and VONA communities, and a senior editor of The Conversant.

Misha Rai’s novel, Blood We Did Not Spill, was awarded the Dana Award in the novel category in April 2017. In 2016, she became the first-ever PhD in fiction to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for the same novel.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside