Are you fed up with inadequate, outdated, toxic, or just downright racist ways of teaching poetry that remain embedded in college-level curriculum today? Have you developed an innovative way to guide students toward a better, more socially justice understanding of poetry cultures, histories, and practices? If so, we invite you to share your findings in a new volume on antiracist, inclusive teaching strategies for college poetry classrooms, Unsettling Poetry Pedagogy.
My colleague, Caroline Gelmi (UMass Dartmouth), and I decided to launch this project in response to an especially lively conversation about poetry pedagogies at this year’s ACLA Annual Meeting, part of a seminar we’d organized together called “New Poetry Pedagogies.” We quickly realized that now is a crucial time for putting antiracist teaching and research directly in conversation with each other, and this volume aims to do just that, offering productive, tangible ways for poetry classrooms to confront social injustice in the very materials we teach and how we teach them.
The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2021.
For more details and guidelines on how to submit, check out our website, available here: https://unsettlingpoetrypedagogy.sites.umassd.edu/
And don't hesitate to contact me and Caroline with your questions. We're excited to hear about your ideas!
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"Exterior of the Institut du monde arabe in Paris, France," photo by Lizzy LeRud, 2021