The Neanderthal & the Fax Machine: Teaching the Surreal & Absurd

123, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The time of literary-realism’s dominance in the workshop is mostly passed. The number of students submitting works that break the rules of both writing convention as well as physics grows every day and with it, so does the desire among students to be taught the fundamentals and craft concerns of genres like absurdism. Our panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of introducing this sort of work in the classroom as well as address issues surrounding these ideas in workshop.



Saul Lemerond is an assistant professor of English at Hanover College. He received his PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing–fiction. He is dyslexic. His book, Digital Voices: Podcasting in the Creative Writing Classroom, has been contracted by Bloomsbury Academic.

Dustin Hyman, PhD, teaches English at Trinidad State College in Colorado. His first novel, Island Folks, was published by Black Rose Writing. Dustin won the Chicago Tribune’s 2018 Nelson Algren Literary Award. He is dyslexic and proud of it.

Ephraim Sommers

Kimberly Southwick-Thompson

Ben Lampbright


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center