S217. How Creative Writers Can Work with Archivists: A Crash Course in Cooperation

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel provides concrete suggestions for how writers can work effectively with archivists. Writers from three genres will share how they made their research experiences successful and the variety of approaches they took with primary sources. Creative writing from primary materials can also result in archivists going along for the journey. Librarians from two different institutions will contribute their own experiences working with writers, highlighting both physical and digital archives.



Pamela Pierce is the digital library coordinator and archivist at Dickinson State University's Theodore Roosevelt Center in southwestern North Dakota. Her work has been published in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, as well as Archival Outlook.

Erin Renee Wahl is the instructional librarian at Fresno Pacific University, and a former archivist. Wahl has an MA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University and an MA in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona.

Jennifer Sinor is the author of Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir and Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe. She teaches creative writing at Utah State University, where she is a professor of English.

Sean Hill, the author of two books of poems, Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, is an assistant professor at UA-Fairbanks. His honors and awards include a fellowship from the NEA. His poems have appeared in journals and in anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.

Jeff Gundy has published seven books of poems, most recently Abandoned Homeland and Somewhere Near Defiance. His four prose books include Songs from an Empty Cage, Walker in the Fog, and Scattering Point. A 2008 Fulbright lecturer at the University of Salzburg, he teaches at Bluffton University in Ohio.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center