R267. Early Formations: Guiding Authentic Young Voices in a Digital Age

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Undergraduate creative writing professors have traditionally directed talented students toward master’s programs in hopes the voices they’ve discovered will be trained and sustained. Now, given our digital and hyper-professionalized age, many students publish prematurely, forgoing a period of sustained apprenticeship. What are the implications for our literary culture? How might we best serve writers during their college years? Five panelists speak to teaching practices in this new age.



Cate Marvin is a visiting professor at Colby College. Her most recent book of poems is Oracle.

Shane McCrae is the author of five full-length collections of poems—most recently, The Animal Too Big to Kill and In the Language of My Captor—as well as three chapbooks, and has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and an NEA fellowship. He teaches at Oberlin College and Spalding University.

Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. He has received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships; his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and the Best American Short Stories. He teaches at the College of New Jersey.

Monica Ferrell is the author of poetry collections Oh You Absolute Darling (forthcoming) and Beasts for the Chase, finalist for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Prize in Poetry, as well as The Answer Is Always Yes, a novel. She directs the undergraduate creative writing program at SUNY Purchase.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three volumes of poems: The Earth Avails (Rilke Prize Winner), Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage (Lambda Literary Prize Winner). He teaches writing and literature at Bennington College in Vermont.


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