S209. Bless Our Hearts: Teaching While Queer in the South

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Teaching as a queer writer in the South has its own set of benefits and challenges, from Southern hospitality and humor to conservative religious values and students with little exposure the nontraditional literary canon. Should writers “come out” in the classroom? How can we address diversity in the classroom while making students feel respected and welcome? How does one address homophobia, racism, and sexism as a queer person? Panelists offer tips for teaching while queer in the South.



Brandy T. Wilson, PhD, is the author of The Palace Blues, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, G.R.I.T.S., Lumina, Sinister Wisdom, and [PANK]. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Memphis.

Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh, a collection of poems, and editor of The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South. He earned his MFA in poetry from The University of Mississippi. He teaches at Western Reserve Academy, a boarding school in Hudson, Ohio.

Lu Vickers is the author of one novel and several books on Florida history. She received three Florida Individual Artists Grants for fiction and in 2014, as she was writing her last book, Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs, was awarded an NEA Fellowship for fiction.

Julie Marie Wade's most recent collections are Same-Sexy Marriage and The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, coauthored with Denise Duhamel. She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion and coauthor of Prime: Poetry and Conversation. Wilson teaches creative writing and African American literature at the University of Alabama.


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