Scholars Erica Chu and Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, as well as creative writers and scholars Ching-In Chen, Ailish Hopper, and Prageeta Sharma, will discuss “identity politics” in college classrooms.
Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant. A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, and Callaloo Fellow, and a senior editor of The Conversant and poetry editor of the Texas Review, Chen serves on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts. Chen is an assistant professor of poetry at Sam Houston State University.
Erica Chu is a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching gender and women’s studies as well as queer and trans studies courses. Chu is a doctoral candidate at Loyola University in Chicago, with work appearing in Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (2014) and Difficult Subjects: Strategies for Teaching Race, Sexuality and Gender (forthcoming).
Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs is a professor in modern languages as well as women’s and gender studies, and she is the director of The Center for the Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University. A poet, critic, cultural worker, and mother, she is the author/editor of eight books of poetry, criticism, and culture. She is also a commissioner for the arts in the state of Washington.
Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society, selected by David St. John as runner-up for the New Issues poetry prize. Her chapbook Bird in the Head was selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts prize. She has received support from the MacDowell Colony, Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo. She teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore.
Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections: Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and the recent Undergloom. She was a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award, and she is the founder and co-director of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary Studies. Sharma is a professor of English at the University of Montana.