S263. Social Responsibility, Creative Writing, and the Urban-Serving University

Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Urban-serving universities, which serve a high percentage of diverse, first generational students, place high value on workforce development. This presents challenges and opportunities for Creative Writing programs in these contexts, and this panel will address questions such as: How can we balance a practical-minded mission with our artistic pursuits? What can our diverse classrooms teach us about authorship? What role can our programs play in serving the wide audience of an urban environment?



Michael Kula is currently an assistant professor of Writing Studies in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and he has recently completed his first novel, The Good Doctor.

Liam Callanan is the author of the novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints, and the creator of the Poetry Everywhere project. He has led both the creative writing program and the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Julie Marie Wade is the author of two collections of lyric nonfiction, Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures and Small Fires, and two collections of poetry, Without and Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems. She teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author of four books of poems and a novel. She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York.


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