S120. From the Bottom to the Top: Building, Rebuilding, and Embracing an Inclusive Creative Writing Program

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel explores best practices of creative writing administrators and faculty committed to inclusive student engagement and recruitment. Panelists discuss curriculum to support diverse students in homogeneous communities, as well as challenges in building intercultural competency and communication skills that transcend essentialist and myopic writing. Panelists also introduce social justice–based integrative strategies to address student interests for teaching within and writing for nontraditional communities.



Tonya Hegamin is the author of the picture book Most Loved in All the World, and the YA historical novels M+O 4evrPemba's Song (written with Marilyn Nelson), and WILLOW, all of which have won national awards and recognition. Hegamin is the creative writing coordinator at CUNY Medgar Evers College.

Rachel Haley Himmelheber is a fiction writer and a professor of undergraduate writing at Warren Wilson College.

Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad is an associate professor of creative writing and director of the creative writing program at North Carolina A&T State University

Alexandra Chasin is the author of Selling Out, Kissed By, and the app/novella Brief. An experimental treatment of prohibitionist drug policy is forthcoming. Chasin teaches at Lang College, The New School in New York City. She directs the public participatory writing project Writing on It All.

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the novels Into the Go-Slow, selected by Salon as a best book of 2014, and Shifting Through Neutral, a finalist for the 2005 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is a professor at Baruch College, CUNY and director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center