S184. What’s Wrong with Genre? Writing & Teaching Along the Literary Margins

Room 211 C&D, Level 2
Saturday, April 11, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This interdisciplinary panel features five writers and editors whose work and experience addresses creating high-concept fiction—from pirates to robots, crime rings to circus lore—with a literary aim. Each panelist will provide a short rhetorical and practical framework that focuses on crafting these voices before reading from his/her own representative work. Panelists will offer examples and ideas for teaching collegiate/adult writers who have an interest in genre and hybrid literary fiction.



Holly M. Wendt is assistant professor of English at Lebanon Valley College. Her prose has appeared in Memorious, Classical magazine, and Gray’s Sporting Journal, among others. She is the recipient of writing fellowships from the Jentel Foundation and the American Antiquarian Society.

Joann Richardson has contributed to online writing communities since 1990. She has been a beta-reader, proofreader, and editor for pseudonyms she can't divulge. Raised by writers and editors, she is currently doing both, and she edits for Red Adept Publishing.

Susan Meyers directs the creative writing program at Seattle University. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. She has also been the recipient of awards from the Fulbright Foundation, NEH, AAUW, Hedgebrook, Jentel, and Millay Colony for the Arts.

Michael Sheehan was a fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and he has been an editor for Sonora Review and Diagram. He is the author of Proposals for the Recovery of the Apparently Drowned. He is an assistant professor of fiction at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Kris Saknussemm is the author of eleven books that have been translated into twenty-two languages. He has been the Gallagher fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a MacDowell Colony fellow.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center