#AWP22 Panel Proposal Accepted

The upcoming #AWP22 (Philadelphia) has accepted my panel proposal for Where Every Voice Matters: Community College Literary Journal Showcase. I am thrilled to moderate a panel with such accomplished writers/teachers as Maria Frances Brandt, Joe Baumann, Omar Figueras, and Magin LaSov Gregg.

#AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) – a carnival, a marathon, a trade fair – is the largest literary conference in the US. I moderated a panel and participated on a second one at the last live AWP convention – in 2020 in San Antonio. And wrote about it too for California WritersClub.

What we are going to present and discuss this time is the following:

Community college literary journals offer new and emerging writers, many of minority and underrepresented backgrounds, unparalleled access to publishing their first works, learning about journal design and production, and the literary world at large. Panelists from around the country (California, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New York) will share strategies to engage community college students and other writers from local communities in practices of the literary marketplace and the nuts-and-bolts of running different journals.
BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other underrepresented communities constitute a large segment and often a majority of student population on community college campuses today. For these students, the college journal is often the first opportunity to share their stories. The showcase will present a variety of formats in which journals are published – print, online, podcast, and even hand-sewn – along with the journal-related courses, contests, conferences, and other modalities for nurturing these new voices.

I can’t wait.

#AWP20 Panel Proposal Accepted

The AWP 2020 organizers accepted the proposal for a panel I’ll be moderating, called “Nurturing Future Danticats and Nabokovs: Engaging Multilingual/ESL Students in Creative Writing.” With the 35% proposal acceptance rate, it is a testament to the importance of the topic and the joint expertise of our panelists. Here is the panel description and the required statement of merit:

Multilingual and ESL students, a sizable segment of college populations, are traditionally underrepresented in writing courses. How do we help them develop their voices? How can we tailor writing pedagogies to their needs? Community college panelists from around the country discuss teaching creative writing and publishing to migrant farmworkers, utilizing poetry translation in multilingual classrooms, refocusing grading policies to foster creativity, and writing contest and journal inclusion.

Non-native and multilingual speakers constitute a large segment of college student population, yet are underrepresented in writing activities and courses. Their English language proficiency appears to be an obstacle, but is it really? This panel will share successful strategies from around the country (CA, KS, NC, TX) to destigmatize these writers’ voices and to engage them in creative writing and publishing. The panel will provide a deeper understanding of their needs and practices / curriculum to address them.