F257A. CANCELLED: Working-Class Witnesses in the Academy

Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Working-class faculty of all backgrounds face material and psychological obstacles in the academy. Burdened by student loan debt and possessing a lack of cultural capital, how can these faculty develop strategies for survival within a system traditionally linked to wealth, access, and privilege? Working-class faculty will discuss their experiences navigating the academic institution, including side-hustles, scholarship, code-switching, and creativity, and posit solutions for greater inclusivity.



Kelly Sundberg's memoir is Goodbye, Sweet Girl. Her essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2015 and many literary magazines. She has a PhD in creative nonfiction from Ohio University and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Ashland University.

Hope Wabuke is the author of Her, The Leaving, and Movement No.1: Trains. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 2017, and has published widely in various magazines. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a National Book Critics Circle board member.

TaraShea Nesbit is the author of Beheld and The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize. Her essays have been featured in Granta, The Guardian, Ninth Letter, and Salon. She teaches at Miami University.

MIchael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories: I Will Love You for the Rest of My Life: Breakup Stories, Chicago Stories, and Elephants in Our Bedroom. He teaches at Missouri State University, where he edits for Moon City Press and Moon City Review.

Christa Parravani' s Her: A Memoir was a Wall Street Journal, Salon, and Library Journal best book of 2013. Parravani's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Guernica, Daily Beast, The Guardian, and Catapult, among other places. She is assistant professor of creative writing at WVU.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center