F128. How We (Creative) Teach: Close Hyper Machine

Room 15, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The web is where today’s students do some of their most creative thinking. Yet most creative writing pedagogy stays fixed on static fields of text. Can instructors stay true to the field’s text-based fundamentals while also experimenting with the digital world’s generative, diverse, and multiple sensory streams? Bringing together secondary, college, and graduate-level instructors, this panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of expanding creative writing pedagogy’s semiotic reach.


Ben Gunsberg is an assistant professor of English at Utah State University. His poetry and scholarship appears in Mid-American Review, CutBank, Computers and Composition, and Journal of Electronic Publishing, among other magazines. He is the author of Rhapsodies with Portraits, a poetry chapbook.

Lizzie Hutton is a PhD candidate in English and education at the University of Michigan, specializing in writing and transfer studies, and a longtime college writing instructor in creative, critical, and hybrid forms and their practices. She is author of She’d Waited Millennia, a book of poetry.

Abraham Smith teaches at the University of Alabama. With poet Shelly Taylor, he edited Hick Poetics, an anthology of rural American poetries. His fourth book of poems, Ashagalomancy, is forthcoming. He spends his summers as a farmhand on a northwest Wisconsin sheep dairy.

Sarah Blackman is the author of two books of fiction, Mother Box and Hex. She is the fiction coeditor of Diagram and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online journal for high school writers and artists. She directs the creative writing program at the Fine Arts Center, a magnet arts high school.

Jennifer Colville is the founding editor of PromptPress, an online and book arts journal for writing in response to visual art. She is the author of the short story collection Elegies for Uncanny Girls. She organizes the Free Generative Writing Workshops in Iowa City.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside