R177. When Students Write What We Dread to Read

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


When students' writing has you worried for their safety or the safety of others, what is best practice? Where to go for support? Especially in CNF workshops, but also in fiction and poetry, we encounter students' admissions of severe depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, or suicidal thoughts. How to respond compassionately while still honoring students' artistic process and privacy? Does your institution have a policy that obligates you to report concerns? Should your syllabus state that policy?


Anna Monardo teaches in the Writer’s Workshop of University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her novels are The Courtyard of Dreams and Falling In Love with Natassia. Excerpts from her memoir-in-progress are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika and Cimarron Review. Her poetry is forthcoming in Slipstream.

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life and Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams. His essays have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. He teaches at Colorado State University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Nance Van Winckel is the author of eight books of poetry (most recently Our Foreigner, Book of No Ledge, and Pacific Walkers) and five books of fiction, including Ever Yrs. She's received two NEA Fellowships and is on the MFA faculties at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of Errata (selected by Adrienne Su for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Award), In the Carnival of Breathing, and Back-Talk. She's received an NEA fellowship and is an assistant professor of poetry in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy and two books of meditative essays, Cold Snap as Yearning and The Least Cricking of Evening, and, most recently, Mystery My Country (poetry). He teaches at Alma College and in the low residency MFA program at The Vermont College of Fine Arts.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside