F220. CANCELLED: To Be Young, Black, and Tenure Track: Diversity in Higher Education

Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What does it mean when you walk into a classroom and the person at the podium looks like you? As colleges across the nation increase diversity and inclusion efforts to close equity gaps for students of color, they may be overlooking one thing—diverse faculty representation. Published authors and professors, our panelists share best practices for culturally responsive pedagogy, their experiences in academia, tips for supporting Black teachers, as well as how they make time for writing.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: YBTTxAWP_Outline_v1.pdf



bridgette bianca is a poet and professor. When she is not sharing her own poetry at venues all around Southern California, she co-curates two literary series, Making Room for Black Women and the Women’s Center for Creative Work Reading Series. Her debut, be/trouble, is forthcoming.

Natalie Graham, associate professor of African American studies at California State University, Fullerton, earned her MFA in creative writing and PhD in American studies. She is author of Begin with a Failed Body, winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the author of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened. She collaborates with other artists to expand readership for poetry and to center the narratives of marginalized voices. White is an assistant professor of English at Colby College.

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson. He is a professor of English and creative writing at University of Mississippi and is the author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. His memoir is Heavy.

Ryane Nicole Granados is a writer, professor, and former AWP Writer to Writer mentee. She holds an MFA from Antioch University LA, has received several writing fellowships, and has work appearing in numerous publications. Her novella is forthcoming.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center