This month we welcome Prof. Felicia Rose Chavez, award-winning educator and author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. We dig into the history of writing programs, a vision of decolonized writing classrooms, intersections of activism and teaching, specific pedagogical strategies, and more.
About Our Guest
Felicia Rose Chavez has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. In addition to authoring The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, Prof. Chavez is the co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT (with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez). Currently, she is the Bronfman Creativity & Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College, teaching courses in Creative Nonfiction, The Inspiration Lab, Digital Storytelling, and The Podcast, where students develop an audio essay around their writing and voice. Chavez has served as Program Director at Young Chicago Authors, taught at the University of Iowa (where she received, and survived and transformed, her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing), the University of New Mexico, and now Colorado College, winning multiple teaching awards.
The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop combines elements of memoir and critique to reveal the burden of the traditional canon and educational system on students, especially students of marginalized groups. Chavez also explores ways to design more inclusive, democratic, and decolonized writing workshops—and classroom communities. For any teachers committed to deconstructing traditional white supremacist, patriarchal models of power and voice in the classroom, this book is foundational. For the traditionalists holding fast to a decaying hierarchical system, this book is necessary.