R258. CANCELLED: MFA to ELA: Teaching K-12 Students

Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Too many of us face the post-degree sadjunct life: lack of health insurance, low pay, no job security. We are graduating to face an ever-dwindling job market without fair compensation. But what if we looked to K-12 for our teaching posts? Five practicing writers discuss the realities of teaching outside the ivory tower and in a diverse array of settings: rural high schools, inner-city arts schools, and Montessori elementary. These can be rewarding and nourishing sites of income and pedagogy.



Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the lyric essay "Nestuary," as well as three poetry chapbooks. She is founding editor of Tinderbox Poetry Journal and runs Tinderbox Editions, a nonprofit press. Molly teaches in Minnesota.

Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem fellow whose work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, The Volta, Rhino Poetry, Bat City Review, and others. He's an associate editor with Rhino Poetry and currently serves on creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.

William Archila, author of The Art of Exile (2010 International Latino Book Award) and The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (2013 Letras Latinas / Red Hen Poetry Prize), has been published in American Poetry Review, AGNl, the Georgia Review, the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and Tin House.

Kerrin McCadden's Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes won the New Issues Poetry Prize and the Vermont Book Award. An NEA Fellow and Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee, her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center