R270. In Their Own Words: Institutions, Community Writing, and Civic Engagement

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


For community-based writing organizations, engagement is paramount. But on whose terms—those of the community or the institution? This panel, featuring representatives from three different community-oriented writing organizations, explores the challenges of reconciling organizational mandates with the adaptive strategies required of working closely with diverse communities, and considers potential artistic and social outcomes of different kinds of engagement.


Leah Falk runs programming at the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden, a joint community-university space that celebrates writing across disciplines, media, and communities. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, FIELD, 32 Poems, Blackbird, and elsewhere.

Rose Gorman is the public programs director at NY Writers Coalition, a community writing organization, where she facilitates writing workshops for youth in New York City.

Aaron Zimmerman is founder and Executive Director of NY Writers Coalition, one of the country's largest community-based creative writing programs.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside