S251. Glitter! Legos! Origami—Oh My! Artistic Play in the Creative Writing Classroom

B115, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


How can teachers integrate artistic play to foster a sense of experimentation? How can experiments that seem like crafts and games short-circuit the fear of risk, encourage play instead, and push student writers to reach beyond the walls of the classroom into a larger community of writers? How can teachers inspire students to take ownership of their learning experiences through hands-on work that feels like play? Do scented markers and glitter really help to get ideas to the page?


Alison Pelegrin is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Waterlines and Hurricane Party. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade, Our Lady of the Ruins, and Rookery. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, she is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Oceanic, her fourth book of poetry, and a forthcoming book of nature essays. She serves as poetry editor for Orion magazine and is professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.

Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness. A CantoMundo and Lambda fellow, his poems and comics have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, West Branch, and elsewhere. As of Fall 2018, he is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry) at Kalamazoo College.

Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon and The Palace of Contemplating Departure. Brynn is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at California State University, Fresno.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center