S154. “Work, work, work, work, work, work”: Craft and Teaching as People of Color

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


We will explore the multiple identities we inhabit as writers and teachers of color, and how that prepositional phrase affects both the nouns we claim and our relationship to craft and pedagogy. What are some tensions among intersectional identities? How do these experiences both constrain and release the worlds we create? Why do our gender and racial identities affect academic and creative writing classrooms differently? We hope to unpack the various ways our bodies engage with academic labor.


Shinelle L. Espaillat teaches at Dutchess Community College in New York. Her work has appeared in the collections How Higher Education Feels and Shale: Extreme Fiction for Extreme Times, as well as in The Westchester Review, Ghost Parachute, Cleaver Magazine and Midway Journal.

Gail Upchurch holds a PhD in English with a concentration in fiction from Binghamton University's Program for Writers. She's an Associate Professor of English at Dutchess Community College. Currently at work on a young adult novel, Gail focuses on mutilated and scarred bodies in her writing.

Adrian Khactu teaches American literature at ‘Iolani School (Honolulu, HI). He received his MA in Creative Writing from Temple University and has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Pennsylvania. His fiction explores queer Asian/American identity and Marvin Gaye.

Racquel Goodison is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She has been a resident at Yaddo and the Saltonstall Arts Colony as well as a recipient of the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer’s Grant and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Works Center.

Amina Henry is a Brooklyn-based playwright, adjunct lecturer, and arts educator with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children. She is a graduate of Yale University, has an MA in Performance Studies (NYU), and an MFA in Playwriting (Brooklyn College).


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center