S139. Research in the Workshop: Teaching Documentary Literature

Room 2B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Historical literature has become more popular in recent years in all genres, and it is showing up in more college literature courses. But how can we integrate historical research into the workshop? How does such work change our understanding of the nature of conducting research and of creative writing pedagogy? These questions will be addressed by panelists who are teachers and writers of research-based literature.



Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir), a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection; the critical work Poetry and the Public; and the chapbook Earth Day Suite.

Cole Swensen is the author of fourteen books of poetry and a book of critical essays, and the co-editor of the Norton anthology American Hybrid. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a translator and won the 2004 PEN/USA Award in Translation. She teaches in Literary Arts at Brown University.

Jena Osman's most recent books of poetry include Public Figures and The Network, selected for the 2009 National Poetry Series. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of a hybrid memoir The Book of Jon and seven books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the National Poetry Series.

Susan M. Schultz is author of several volumes of poetry and poetic prose, including most recently, Dementia Blog, Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series, and She's Welcome to Her Disease: Dementia Blog, Volume Two. She founded Tinfish Press in 1995.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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