F158. From Pronouns to Pedagogy: Queering the Creative Writing Classroom

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Outside of the rare queer lit class, creative writing curricula remains overwhelmingly cis- and hetero-centered, and queer experience, marginalized or ignored. Addressing practical concerns, such as confronting insensitivity in the workshop and integrating diverse texts, alongside theoretical questions of queer literary aesthetic and semiotics, this multi-genre panel examines how we cultivate LGBTQ+, trans and genderqueer-inclusive creative writing classrooms––to the benefit of all our students.


Kathie Bergquist is the editor of Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast, a 2008 Lambda fellow, and editor in chief of Ms. Fit magazine. Adjunct faculty in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, she leads study abroad programs in Paris and Prague.

Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic. Author of the poetry collection Since I Moved In, she is also editor/publisher of EOAGH and coeditor of the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2014.

Charles Rice-González is an assistant professor at Hostos Community College/CUNY. His novel, Chulito, received awards and recognitions from the ALA and the National Book Critics Circle. His MFA is from Goddard College; he cofounded BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; and he is a playwright.

C. Russell Price is an Appalachian, genderqueer, punk poet. Their chapbook Tonight, We Fuck The Trailer Park Out of Each Other explores class, race, sexuality, and gender in the South. They currently live and perform in Chicago, where they teach creative writing at Northwestern University.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is author of Blue Talk and Love (stories). She is assistant professor of women, gender, sexuality studies at UMass Amherst, and has published in Callaloo, American Fiction, Best New Writing, and others. She has won support from Bread Loaf, the Center for Fiction, Yaddo, and the NEA.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside