R213. Triggered Writing/Creative Warnings: Trauma and Trigger Warnings in Creative Writing Classrooms and Communities

Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This session will explore the complexities of working with volatile/triggering material—both as writers and as teachers of creative writing—and will attempt to examine and deepen the discussion of trigger warnings: The pedagogical paradox of using trigger warnings while attempting to encourage courageous work in memoir, confessional poetry, and other genres; trigger warnings as potential othering/literary ghettoization; trauma theory and creative writing; and neurochemistry and trauma.



Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry. She directs the creative writing program at the University of South Dakota and is editor in chief of South Dakota Review. Roripaugh currently serves as the poet laureate for South Dako

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey was an AWP Award Series winner. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, and she has coedited an essay collection, Writing into the Forbidden. She is visiting professor at Gettysburg College.

Natanya Ann Pulley is the author of stories and essays published in McSweeney’s, Western Humanities Review, the Collagist, and the Florida Review, among others. Her work won the Utah Annual Writers' Contest Best Prose Writer Award. She is an assistant professor at Colorado College. Natanya is Dine.

Lori Horvitz’s recent work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Epiphany, Southeast Review, and Chattahoochee Review. Author of a collection of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually, Horvitz is professor of English at UNC Asheville, where she also directs their WGSS Program.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center