S214. Theories of Everything: Multigenre Workshops, Multigenre Writers

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


What is the value of considering fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the same workshop? Faculty and alumnae from Hollins University, an AWP Founding Member, discuss creative writing pedagogy in the Hollins multigenre model: strategies, benefits, and challenges. They read examples of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry from such grad & undergrad alumnae/i as Sally Mann, Will Schutt, Kiran Desai, Lee Smith, Natasha Trethewey, James Tate Hill, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Tara Sim, and Molly Jean Bennett.



Jeanne Larsen has published four novels, two books of poetry, and two books of translated Chinese poems. She teaches in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins, and she has received fellowships and awards for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and literary translation.

Cathryn Hankla's thirteen books of fiction and poetry include Great Bear, the forthcoming Galaxies, and Fortune Teller Miracle Fish. Professor and chairperson of English at Hollins University and former director of the Jackson Center, she also serves as poetry editor of the Hollins Critic.

Elizabeth Poliner is the author of the novel, As Close to Us as Breathing, the novel in stories, Mutual Life & Casualty, and the poetry collection, What You Know in Your Hands. She teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Hollins University.

Yim Tan Wong is a Kundiman Emerging Asian American Poets Fellow and holds an MFA from Hollins University. A Pushcart nominee, her poems have appeared in journals such as the Cortland Review, Little Patuxent Review, Tahoma Literary Review, A Capella Zoo, Phoebe, Rattle, and Tidal Basin Review.

Jenny Boully is the author most recently of of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon: a book of failures. Her other books include The Book of Beginnings and Endings and The Body: An Essay.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center