S192. Facilitating Lightbulbs: Social Justice in the Writing Classroom

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Are you looking for texts that will open a productive dialogue on the subjects of race, class, sexuality, gender, environmental justice, citizenship, or rape culture in your writing classroom? Are you looking to signal a commitment to social justice in the composition classroom despite your audience or administration? Five social justice and writing practitioners will share their favorite texts and tools to open the conversation.



francine j. harris is a poet and author of Play Dead, winner of 2017 Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards. She has received fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a Cave Canem poet, and currently Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collection Theory of Orange and the chapbook Marginal Road. She works as the associate director of multicultural affairs and LGBTQQ coordinator at Pace University. She teaches college courses at Bedford Hills Women's Prison and SUNY Purchase College.

Olivia Worden holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing and diversity workshops at Roger Williams University, Sarah Lawrence College, Andrus, Westchester County Correctional Facility, and Pace University. She is the Director of the Social Justice Intensive at Sarah Lawrence College.

Santee Frazier is the author of collection of poems Dark Thirty. His poems have appeared Ploughshares, American Poet, Prairie Schooner, and others. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and is low residence faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center