S129. We Don’t String Popcorn Necklaces Here: Brain Science and Assessment Beyond Craft

Room 512, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The mysterious power of the brain invites as much speculation as the romantic notion that all writers possess a pinch of madness—but can brain science help teachers reconcile the pragmatic demands of program review with the playful, uncertain explorations of the creative process? A diverse panel of teachers who have taught and assessed K-12/BA/MFA curricula share how recent studies in creativity impact how they teach and show how to design assessment that survives this STEM-obsessed age.



Laura Valeri is author of two award-winning story collections, Safe in Your Head and The Kind of Things Saints Do. She writes on pedagogy and creativity for journals and anthologies. She is associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern and the founding editor of Wraparound South.

Amy Lemmon is the author of the poetry collections Fine Motor and Saint Nobody, and coauthor, with Denise Duhamel, of ABBA: The Poems and Enjoy Hot or Iced: Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. She is professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY in New York City.

D. Gilson's work explores the relationships between pop culture, sex, and literature, and has appeared in the Indiana Review, the Rumpus, Beloit Poetry Journal, Los Angeles Review, and Assaracus. A graduate of the MFA program at Chatham, D. is currently a PhD student at George Washington University.

Brendan Constantine is a poet/performer/educator and author of three poetry collections including Letters to Guns, which is taught extensively in schools. His work has been published in numerous journals, and his new book, Dementia, My Darling, is forthcoming.

Zohra Saed is coeditor of One Stories, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature. Zohra’s latest work is, Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos and Notebooks in Turkestan.


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