S170. Why They Keep Coming: Examining Two-Year College Creative Writing Students

F152, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


This panel of two-year college professors discusses the diverse student demographics of their colleges from traditional students, to veterans, immigrants, and those in recovery. Panelists explain how they have increased enrollments in a low-enrollment environment and provide insight as to how universities and literary/writing organizations might gain enrollment and participation from these often-overlooked students.



Dan Portincaso is a writer and Associate Professor of English at Waubonsee Community College in the suburbs of Chicago. He teaches fiction and nonfiction writing courses and is the faculty advisor for the student literary magazine and club. 

Sharon Coleman teaches creative writing at Berkeley City College. She directs the journal, Milvia Street. She's a contributing editor at Poetry Flash, a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers, and a curator the reading series Lyrics & Dirges. She was nominated twice for a Pushcart.

Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. A previous AWP board member, Kysar is the founder of the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minneapolis. 

Christina M. Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection, Liberating The Astronauts and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove and For The Girls, I. She teaches English and creative writing at Nassau Community College.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center