F142. Beyond "Add one and stir": Negotiating Race, Gender, and Class as Female Faculty of Color

Florida Salon 1, 2, & 3, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


As of 2013, only 9% of full-time faculty positions in the US were held by women of color and the percentage who are creative writers is even lower. How do these women navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education? Panelists will discuss experiences in the classroom, hallways, and meeting rooms, as well as in the hiring, promotion, and tenure process. Together we will develop strategies to build community and challenge institutional biases on the bases of race, gender, and class.


Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. Recipient of a City of Boston Artist in Residence fellowship in 2016–2017, she is a member of the Grub Street board of directors. She is an assistant professor of English at Framingham State University.

Val Wang is the author of the memoir Beijing Bastard. She lives in Cambridge and is an assistant professor in the English and media studies department of Bentley University.

Ru Freeman is an award-winning Sri Lankan and American writer, a national speaker, and social justice activist. Author of the novels, A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, a New York Times Editor's Choice, she is editor of Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine.

Danielle Evans is the author of the short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside