Please join us for In Two Voices, the interview series from Iowa City Poetry in which we invite writers we admire to sit down for a conversation about how their work is shaped by and shapes our historical moment. Hosted by KayLee Chie Kuehl, each session will end by welcoming questions from the audience.
In this episode, Felicia Rose Chavez, author of "The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom," talks with poet Margaret LeMay about how to create anti-racist poetry writing workshops.
Participants: Felicia Rose Chavez interviewed by Margaret LeMay
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 9, 6:00-7:00 pm CT [4:00-5:00 PT, 5:00-6:00 MT, 7:00-8:00 ET]
Platform: Live Zoom webinar. After registering, the link will be emailed to you.
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.
Margaret LeMay has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, Iowa City Poetry, the Iowa Poetry Association, the East Harlem Tutorial Project, and elsewhere. She is the founding director of the Examined Life Conference and the Writing and Humanities Program at the Carver College of Medicine. She currently teaches poetry and creative writing at Coe College. Margaret holds a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in poetry writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
KayLee Chie Kuehl is a writer, poet, and filmmaker. As an adopted and multiracial woman, she has spent much of her life wondering where she fits. So, cultivating healing spaces has always been important to her, whether it be through her own material or in a collective.
Her creative works can be found in The Atlas 11 & 12, InkLitMag 14, 15, & 18, Mirror Magazine, Multitudes, Amplify Black Voices, and Quarantine Magazine. Her short film, Nepali Negro was shown in the 2019 Bijou Open Screen. Her work focuses on race/culture, identity, and spirituality.
Currently, she is the Editor in Chief of Black Art; Real Stories (BARS), the Senior Contracts Manager of Student Video Productions (SVP), and occasionally volunteers as a proofreader for TRANS Magazine in Amsterdam.
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