S256. Teaching / Sex / Writing

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


What are the pleasures and dangers of teaching work about sex and working with student writing about sex? How can we balance our own vulnerabilities with those of our students? This panel will consider how teachers whose own work investigates sex—especially queer or non-normative sex—negotiate the classroom, how much of ourselves we bring to teaching in an era of heightened awareness of trauma. Five LGBTQ writers who teach in various contexts (K–12, college, community workshops) lay it all bare.


Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence, and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers. Their first novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, is forthcoming.

Samuel Ace is the author of Normal Sex, Home in Three Days, Don’t Wash, and, most recently, Stealth, with poet Maureen Seaton. He is a recipient of an Astraea Lesbian Writer's Award in Poetry, and a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in poetry. He teaches writing at Mt. Holyoke College.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of a novel, Fish in Exile, and The Old Philosopher, a poetry collection. She was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest for A Brief Alphabet of Torture, a collection of short stories.

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is a poet, multimedia performance artist, dancer, and cultural critic. His latest book is Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other. He is an associate professor of literature and creative writing at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Myriam Gurba wrote Dahlia Season, Wish You Were Me, Sweatsuits of the Damned, and Painting Their Portraits in Winter. She works as a teacher in Long Beach, California.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside