S261. Counting Its Presence: Race and Creative Writing Syllabi

Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Junot Díaz's "MFA vs. POC" is just one example of a growing interest in confronting the whiteness of academia. The panel has collected syllabi from doctoral creative writing programs across the country in order to highlight oft-overlooked questions: How are the spectral bodies of the authors on a syllabus also tools of professionalization? Or: How many white writers is one asked to read in order to be a creative writing professional? This panel presents its analysis of the data (more than 3,000 texts).



Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections: Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and the recent Undergloom. She was a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Montana.

Adam Atkinson is a doctoral student in queer poetics at the University of Utah, where he teaches for the Gender Studies program. He is also 1/6 of Line Assembly and a writing instructor for Johns Hopkins CTY. His writing has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Caketrain, and Evening Will Come.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals.

Sarah Vap is the author of five collections of poetry and poetics. Her next book, Viability, is forthcoming.


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