Everyone is Multilingual: Inviting All Languages into the Writing Classroom, Sponsored by ALTA

Room 2102B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


How can we decolonize the classroom through language? How can we resist the idea of English being the “universal language” when most academic conversations still happen in English? This panel will bring together several translators and writers who are also teachers at Queens College, CUNY, an institution at the forefront of multilingual writing education, to discuss translation as a pedagogical practice.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Outline_For_Everyone_is_Multilingual_Sponsored_by_ALTA-2.pdf



Nora Carr is a lecturer in European languages and literatures at Queens College, CUNY. A translator from Spanish, her work has appeared in Asymptote, Latin American Literature Today, and Nashville Review. Her own creative nonfiction debuted in Lunch Ticket, summer 2023.

Rebecca Suzuki is a writer, translator, and educator. She is interested in multilingual writing and pedagogy and teaches writing at Queens College, CUNY where she also earned her MFA. Her book, When My Mother is Most Beautiful, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2023.

Francesca Hyatt is a writer, translator, and professor of English at CUNY-Queens College. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction and her chapbook Forestwish won the Birdhouse Prize in 2022 (Ghostbird Press). She is an editor at Killing the Buddha magazine and founding coeditor of the literary journal Clotheslines.

L Torres is an NYC writer, artivist, and educator. L's writing and pedagogy zeroes in on gender/racial/(dis)ability/class/age/body size equitability and justice, while dismantling social conventions. A proud alum of the City University of NY (CUNY), she is honored to call herself a CUNY educator.

Jacqui Cornetta is an interdisciplinary artist working with text and sound. Their poetry, translations, essays, and music projects have appeared in publications like The Offing, Words Without Borders, Lost & Found, LARB, and on stages nationwide. She teaches writing at Queens College CUNY.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center