S127. Comics: Literature and Invention

Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Comics should be taught alongside other forms of literature, but comics can also provide a method for exploring creativity itself, particularly in writing classes. Panelists discuss approaches to comics in creative writing, composition, and literature courses, with emphasis on invention, storytelling, visual literacy, and metacognition. Audience members will take away assignment ideas and reading lists for immediate use in the classroom.


Margaret Luongo teaches creative writing and contemporary fiction at Miami University, where she also serves as assistant director for the Literary London study abroad program. She is the author of two story collections, If the Heart is Lean and History of Art.

Joseph Bates is the author of Tomorrowland: Stories and The Nighttime Novelist. His short fiction has appeared in such journals as The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Identity Theory, and InDigest Magazine. He teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Martha Otis is from Minnesota and teaches writing at the University of Miami. Her fiction has appeared in the Best New American Voices series and the Indiana Review, among other places. Her poetry and fiction have been translated into Spanish and Italian.

Steve Dudas teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned an MA in creative writing in 2013 and is currently working on a PhD in Literature. His writing has been published in The Great Lakes Book Project, drupe fruits, and Rain Taxi. He is a founding coeditor of Threadcount magazine.

Billy Simms is an artist and educator with master degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Miami University. He was the winner of the 2012 Drake University Emerging Writer Award for his graphic novel The Clown Genocide.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside