S245. Have I Said Too Much?: The Professor/Student Relationship

A105, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


With the rising use of social media and the importance of an online presence, it is easier than ever for students to connect with their English professors. With the divide between professor and student growing fainter, it’s difficult to create the invaluable bond students expect from potential mentors while preserving boundaries. How much do we say? How does this affect the personal aspects of our writing? Hear writers in various genres talk frankly about the challenges they face as educators.


Michelle Bermudez is a Latinx poet who received an MFA in creative writing from Adelphi University. Her poems have been published in Persian Sugar in English Tea: An Anthology of Short Poems and Haikus (Volume 2), as well as in Isacoustic, and elsewhere. 

Michael Paul Thomas is an Associate Dean at Monmouth University, where he teaches poetry and directs the Visiting Writers Series. He received his MFA in Poetry from Syracuse University where he was the founding editor of Salt Hill. His work has appeared in the Greensboro Review, Slice, and other journals.

Victorio Reyes Asili is a PhD candidate in English at University at Albany and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems have appeared in various publications, including the Acentos Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, Word Riot, Obsidian, and the anthologies It Was Written, Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and Chorus.

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays, winner of the River Teeth Book Prize and the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, 2016.

Jordan Rindenow (Adelphi University BA '14, MFA '17) is a writer of multiple genres, adjunct instructor, and constant student of all things literary. She has completed her graduate thesis (a collection of short stories) and is currently working on forthcoming writing projects.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center