Special episode! Felicia Rose Chavez | Author, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

Felicia Rose Chavez looks at the camera wearing thick, angular glasses, large white earrings.

Creative writing workshops have remained largely unchanged since their creation in 1936. But what if there’s a better, more empowering, more inclusive way? Jared talks to Felicia Rose Chavez about her new book, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. They unpack MFA student advocacy, discuss the benefits of collaboration over competition, and reconceptualize the workshop.

Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez. Felicia’s teaching career began in Chicago, where she served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a feminist webzine for high school students. She went on to teach writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, a Riley Scholar Fellowship, and a Hadley Creatives Fellowship. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently serves as the Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College. For more information about The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, and to access a multi-genre compilation of contemporary writers of color and progressive online publishing platforms, please visit www.antiracistworkshop.com. Follow Felicia on Instagram at @feliciarosechavez and on Twitter @writerantiracist.

Mentions:

· Young Chicago Authors, writing and education non-profit
· Ana Castillo, writer
· Michele Moreno, Professor, DePaul University
· Sandra Cisneros, writer
· James Baldwin, writer
· UMKC Graduate Rights Organization
· Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Congresswoman from New York
· The Paris Review, literary magazine
· A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Narrative Craft in Writing by David Mura
· Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew Salesses

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