Teaching & Writing Asian America in the CW Classroom

113A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
10:35 am to 11:50 am


What does it mean to teach CW as a minority instructor? In the age of "Asian Hate," how can we as Asian Americans specifically incorporate ourselves into courses called simply "Workshop," as if to imply an ossified canon? In these classrooms that have historically ignored us, how can we be sensitive workshop guides to both minority and majority community students while still taking care of ourselves? Students, how can you ask for CW instruction that leaves you feeling included and cared for?



Piyali Bhattacharya is editor of the collection Good Girls Marry Doctors. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares and the New York Times. Her novel-in-progress has been supported by Hedgebrook and VCCA. She is artist-in-residence at UPenn, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction.

Rajiv Mohabir, poet and translator, translated I Even Regret Night (PEN/Heim Award) and is the author of The Cowherd's Son and The Taxidermist's Cut. He is an assistant professor of poetry at Auburn University's creative writing program.

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything and Overpour. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University.

Alexandra Chang


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center