From Catullus to Cardi B: Transgressive Texts in the Creative Writing Classroom

Rooms 333-334, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Four teachers from Medgar Evers College’s Creative Writing / Literature program will talk about how they use and integrate “transgressive” texts in their classrooms to explore the intersection of sexuality, gender, social justice, and human equality. Panelists will discuss concerns and approaches in preparing students of color to develop an aesthetic inclusivity as they evaluate meanings of sexual and moral boundaries in their creative work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Presentation_Outline.pdf



Joanna Sit was born in China and grew up in New York City. She is the author of My Last Century (2012), In Thailand with the Apostles (2014), and most recently, Track Works. She teaches creative writing at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York.

Holnes is the author of Stepmotherland and Migrant Psalms; his poetry has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Callaloo, and elsewhere. He is the winner of the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and others. He is an assistant professor for CUNY and he teaches at NYU.

Donna Hill has more than seventy titles in print. She has won numerous awards for her body of work. Three of her novels were adapted for television. She holds an MFA in creative writing and is an assistant professor of professional writing at Medgar Evers College

Thaddeus Rutkowski is author of seven books, most recently Tricks of Light, a poetry collection. His novel Haywire won the Asian American Writers Workshop's members' choice award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.


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