S181. Walking Across the Hall—The Writer in the Literature Classroom

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


As writers, how do we approach teaching literature versus creative writing? What happens when a writer is charged with teaching students different ways to read fiction, poetry, and essays, instead of ways to improve them? Five professors will both discuss and address their perspectives on craft, style, and theory and how writers can bolster and foster a new approach to the study of literature in the departments we serve.



Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by Beth) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and the novel Pioneer Girl. She directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the poetry collections Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He translated Pablo Neruda's The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance coedited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Texas State and in the low-residency MFA program at VCFA.

Dave Lucas is the author of Weather, which received the Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. He lives in Cleveland and teaches at Case Western Reserve University.

Elena Passarello is the author of the essay collections Animals Strike Curious Poses and Let Me Clear My Throat. A recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, she coedits the In Place book series for West Virginia University Press and teaches in the MFA program at Oregon State University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center