S129. I Teach, Therefore I Essay: Essaying the Classroom

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Essays offer freedom to ponder ideas that needn’t be proven. If that’s what we want to happen in classrooms, can we view teaching as essaying? What risks and opportunities arise when we wander down uncertain paths with our students, just as we do with the written word? This diverse panel of women writers and teachers shares perspectives on essaying in higher education settings and shelters, where part of the discovery is often personal revelation—which can be particularly complicated for women.



Caitlin McGill’s essays appear in Blackbird, The Chattahoochee Review, Iron Horse and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the VCCA, and one essay from her memoir was a BAE ‘16 Notable. She teaches at Emerson College, GrubStreet, and Writers Without Margins.

Gail Griffin is the author of three nonfiction books, most recently The Events of October: Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus, a study of a disaster at Kalamazoo College, where she taught for thirty-six years. Her essays and poems have appeared widely. She lives in southwest Michigan and just finished a memoir.

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers (novel), How to Leave Hialeah (stories), and a forthcoming essay collection. A contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, she is an associate professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska.

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm was awarded a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Fellowship in nonfiction. She is a freelance editor.

Marjorie Sa'adah


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