R178. We Are Your Saviors: Faculty of Color Respond to the MFA vs. POC Debate

Room 405, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Junot Díaz and David Mura critically interrogate the ways that privilege imbues interactions within predominantly white writing workshops. The panelists want to extend this conversation by considering the ways that faculty of color negotiate intersectional identities in these spaces. Their dual perspective as marginalized leaders has positioned them to save the writing workshop. From a position of both power and marginality, how do workshop leaders of color facilitate a fruitful and inclusive writing workshop?



Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor. She earned her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow at the University of Dayton. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.

DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld teaches creative writing, African American lit, and women and gender studies at Fitchburg State University. She is the literary submissions manager for Kalyani magazine and an alumni reader for the Prairie Schooner. She publishes in fiction and poetry.

Randall Horton is assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven. Pitch Dark Anarchy is his latest poetry collection.

Kristin Naca's first collection, Bird Eating Bird, was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the National Poetry Series mtvU prize. She's a fellow at the Macondo Writers Workshop. She teaches Asian American and Latino poetics and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Jimin Han


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center