Investigative Creative Writing - Teaching and Practice - Mark Spitzer

Investigative Creative Writing - Teaching and Practice - Mark Spitzer

10. Dealing with Diverse Issues in Creative Writing Programs: A Polemic

Investigative Creative Writing - Teaching and Practice - Mark Spitzer

Mark Spitzer [+-]
University of Central Arkansas
Mark Spitzer is Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of 18 books, ranging from memoirs to novels to literary translations and collections of poetry. He is the editor of the award-winning Toad Suck Review (toadsuckreview.org), a professor of creative writing, an authority on the notorious gar fish (See River Monsters, alligator gar episode), and the world expert on the poetry of Jean Genet. Other recent titles include the poetry collection, Inflammatosis: Polemic Poetry, Incendiary Prose, and Other Extremes of Love and War (Six Gallery Press, 2018); the young adult and children’s literature title, The Crabby Old Gar (Subversive Muse Press, 2018); the novel, Viva Arletty! Our Lady of the Egrets (Six Gallery Press, 2017); the nonfiction work, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West (University of Nebraska Press, 2017); the literary translation The Genet Translations: Poetry and Posthumous Plays (Polemic Press, 2015), and the memoir, After the Octopus (Black Mountain Press, 2014).

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Arguments by contemporary creative writing polemicists Junot Díaz, Ryan Boudinot, and Anis Shivani are examined with an eye toward diversity and inclusivity in the workshop, leading to a survey among MFA graduate students on how programs can better serve communities. Advice is offered for serious writers to make the best of their studies.

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Spitzer, Mark. 10. Dealing with Diverse Issues in Creative Writing Programs: A Polemic. Investigative Creative Writing - Teaching and Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 117-137 Jan 2020. ISBN 9781781797181. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34899. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34899. Jan 2020

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