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|Friday, March 6, 2020|
10:35 am to 11:50 am
Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
F169. CANCELLED: In Order to Be Totally Free: Teaching via the Writing Constraint. (Alexander Lumans, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Joanna Luloff, Khadijah Queen, Jane Wong) Oulipo writer Georges Perec says, “I set myself rules in order to be totally free.” From word limits to time limits, writing with constraints can be a powerful tool when teaching writers to expand their first-draft strategies as well as further hone their craft through imposed limitations. In this panel, five instructors discuss what specific rule-based exercises they employ in the writing classroom and how those constraining prompts allow students to find greater freedoms in their own work. Download event outline and supplemental documents.
Alexander Lumans was awarded a 2018 NEA fellowship in prose. He was the Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell, and he was a 2015 Fellow on The Arctic Circle Residency. He has attended MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver.
Twitter Username: oldmanlumans
Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation, the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Princeton.
Joanna Luloff is the author of the short story collection The Beach at Galle Road and the novel Remind Me Again What Happened. She is an associate professor at The University of Colorado Denver where she edits fiction and nonfiction for the journal Copper Nickel.
Twitter Username: joluloff
Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. Her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado, Boulder.
Twitter Username: Authorkq
Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, jubilat, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the US Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Hedgebrook. She is the author of Overpour.
Twitter Username: officialjwong
|Saturday, March 7, 2020|
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Room 007A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
S216. Gratitude as Grit: Poetry of Appreciation in Times of Strife. (Amie Whittemore, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Tyree Daye, Catherine Pierce, Jane Wong) Contemporary poetry turns frequently toward criticizing socioeconomic and environmental injustices while veering away from poems of thanksgiving and appreciation. However, poetry that perpetuates narratives of hope, grace, and beauty is crucial: without such narratives, personal and political despair become paralyzing. In this reading, poets share work that acknowledges the difficulties of experience while also praising that which gives us the ability to write and take action. Download event outline and supplemental documents.
Amie Whittemore is the author of Glass Harvest and an educator. Her poetry has been recognized with a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and featured in Cold Mountain Review, Terrain: A Journal of Built & Natural Environments, Gettysburg Review, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere.
Twitter Username: amiewhittemore
Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist, and the author of Ghost Of, which won the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and other prizes. A Kundiman fellow, she currently teaches in the Randolph College MFA program and Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Tyree Daye is the author of two poetry collections, River Hymns (winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Cardinal (forthcoming). A Whiting Award Winner and Amy Clampitt fellow, Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, New York Times, Nashville Review, and VQR.
Twitter Username: Tyree Daye
Catherine Pierce's most recent book is The Tornado Is the World; her new book, Danger Days, is forthcoming. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, American Poetry Review, New York Times, and elsewhere. A 2019 NEA Fellow and Pushcart Prize winner, she teaches at Mississippi State.
Twitter Username: katieppierce