F283. Racing Creative Writing: Pedagogy and Practice

Room M100 A, Mezzanine Level
Friday, April 10, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


This panel of four Black women will address our concerns in teaching race and ethnicity in creative writing workshops. We will consider the ways we navigate (hyper)visibility and erasure, honor our aesthetics, encourage students to identify their own poetics/aesthetics, and support students in examining the ways their racial identity(ies) impact their writing. We will delve into our responsibilities and challenges as teachers, writers, and artists in remixing/dismantling the White gaze.



Metta Sáma is author of Nocturne Trio and South of Here. Her work has been published in bluestem, Drunken Boat, fringe, Pyrta, Rattle Reverie, and Sententia, among others. Sáma is assistant professor and director of creative writing at Salem College and director of the Center for Women Writers.

Rae Paris is an NEA fellow whose work appears in Guernica, Hobart, Pulp, Feminist Studies, and other journals. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Michigan State University.

Tracie Morris is a poet, performer, vocalist, and scholar with an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in performance studies from New York University, and British classical acting training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is professor of performance and performance studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Racquel Goodison is an assistant professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She has been a resident at Yaddo and the Saltonstall Arts Colony as well as a recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Lesbian Writers' Fund grant and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. 


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center