R183. CANCELLED: Teaching in the Confederacy

Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Creative writing professors from southern schools discuss how politics—such as schools removing Confederate markers and coming to terms with histories of slavery, or failing to—affect the classroom. Inclusive pedagogy, questioning appropriation, and redressing ignorance about race and history are always part of the job description for good writing professors, but this moment in the US presents particular challenges and opportunities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Teaching_in_the_Confederacy_AWP_panel_outline.docx



Chris Gavaler is an associate professor of English at Washington & Lee University, where he teaches creative writing and serves as comics editor of Shenandoah. He has published two novels and four books of comics scholarship.

Lesley Wheeler’s forthcoming books include Unbecoming, a novel; The State She's In, her fifth poetry collection; and Poetry's Possible Worlds, a suite of hybrid essays. A poetry editor of Shenandoah, her work appears in Ecotone, Poetry, Gettysburg Review, and other magazines.

Gary Dop, poet, playwright, and professor, is the founding director of the Randolph College MFA program. Dop is the author of the poetry collection Father, Child, Water.

Tyree Daye is the author of two poetry collections, River Hymns (winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Cardinal (forthcoming). A Whiting Award Winner and Amy Clampitt fellow, Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, New York Times, Nashville Review, and VQR.

Lauren K. Alleyne is an award-winning poet. She is the author of Difficult Fruit and Honeyfish and has published her work widely. She is assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and associate professor of English at James Madison University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center