S221. Teaching Outside the Academy: The Case for Writers' Centers & Conferences

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Earning an MFA is a wonderful opportunity but not everyone has the resources and/or time to follow this route to becoming a published writer. Hear from leaders in the field as they offer the benefits and challenges of teaching and learning outside the Academy. Join the directors of two of the oldest writers centers in the country, teachers from two of the most established manuscript review and poetry conferences, and writing instructors as they discuss experiences within and outside of academia.



Jennifer Franklin (Brown AB, Columbia MFA) is the author No Small Gift and Looming. Her poetry has been published in The Paris ReviewThe NationBoston Review, and on poets.org. Coeditor of Slapering Hol Press, she teaches at The Hudson Valley Writers' Center.

Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Thin Wall. She teaches at the Warren Wilson College and Sarah Lawrence College MFA writing programs. She directed the Conference on Poetry from 2010–2018. She is the director of Four Way Books.

Tree Swenson is executive director of Hugo House in Seattle. She was previously executive director of the Academy of American Poets. A former AWP board president, her work in the literary arts began with cofounding Copper Canyon Press, where she was publisher and executive director for twenty years.

Chris Campanioni is a first-generation Cuban and Polish American, and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and an International Latino Book Award. He edits PANK, At Large, and Tupelo Quarterly and teaches Latino literature and creative writing at Pace University and Baruch College.

Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said. He is the editor of Another World Instead: Early Poetry of William Stafford, and the founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston. He teaches workshops in venues around the country


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