R131. CANCELLED: Black Voice—Cultivating Authentic Voice in Black Writers

Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Does it smack of racism or classism to demand that these students [black students] put aside the language of their homes and communities to adopt a discourse that is not only alien, but that has often been instrumental in furthering their oppression? How can we teach students of color the art of writing while also encouraging the use of their native discourse, their native voice? How do we foster voice if students aren't invited to the table? Using Whitman, Hughes, and Kendrick Lamar, we discuss.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP2020_Panel_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: American_Dream_Poetry_Document.pdf



Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of Tradition, All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), and other titles. His work has been published in ten languages and received awards including a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction, and Kirkus Reviews Best of 2014.

Daniel B. Summerhill is an assistant professor of poetry/social action and composition studies at California State University Monterey Bay. He is the author of Divine, Devine, Devine (forthcoming), a semifinalist for the Charles B. Wheeler poetry prize.

Quintin Collins is a writer, editor, and Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College alum and assistant director. His poems and other writing appear in various print and digital publications, and his achievements include a 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination.

Rachel “Raych” Jackson is a writer and educator. She is the 2017 NUPIC Champion. Jackson’s work has been published by many, including Poetry, The Rumpus, and Washington Square Review. Her debut collection is Even the Saints Audition.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center