The University Writing Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for March 2022.
Undocupoets – Tuesday, March 15
The MFA Program in Creative Writing in conjunction with the Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies is hosting an event around the Undocupoets movement and in anticipation of the 2023 publication of Undocupoetics: An Introduction. Though poems on immigration and migration form a particularly American tradition, the canon is incomplete without the recognition of works that focus specifically on the undocumented immigrant experience. Undocupoets is a timely and distinctive anthology of an emerging field of poetry written by poets who themselves are currently or were formerly undocumented in the United States. Undocumented cannot be simply lumped under the immigrant experience. Undocumented does not imply “at risk,” “without voice,” “subhuman.” Undocumented mandates these as conditions of our existence, conditions that we resist with poetry.
The ramifications that the experiences of one undocumented individual bears on their own self, their family and community. How to survive? How to speak? And what do we say when our legal status is insufficient to capture the breadth of our wit, our innermost thoughts, our madcap lives? Through careful curation of poems, the anthology will show how the undocumented experience intersects with other markers of identity, including, but not limited to the experiences of Black, AAPI, dis/abled, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Like the Black Arts Movement, the Black Mountain Poets, the Beats, the Confessionals, the Surrealists, the New York School, and the New Formalists, among other touchstone poetry movements before us, this anthology will distinguish itself by laying the foundation for Undocupoetics—the poetic that is crucial to the work and process of undocumented poets today. This anthology will institute a new tradition in poetry, complete with critical lenses, that will reflect the particular themes, dilemmas, darknesses an undocumented poet emerges from.
This panel will be an exploration of the issues and forces that shaped this movement and the ongoing conversation around migration, diaspora, and citizenship. This event will take place on March 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. ET in the Multipurpose Room at Newman Library.
Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative
With generous support from Dean Belmonte in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, the Department of English, and the University Writing Program, planning and coordination is underway for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Initiative. At this early stage, the initiative prioritizes faculty development; our goals for Spring 2022 include outreach, establishing an online resources hub, and holding a three-day institute, May 16-18. Watch for further information next month in the April 2022 Announcements.
UWP Spring Colloquium – Dr. Rachel Gramer on Friday, April 1
Dr. Rachel Gramer from Illinois State University is the featured presenter and teaching workshop leader for the University Writing Program’s Spring 2022 Colloquium. The event will be held on Friday, April 1, with a presentation to faculty and GTAs from 12:15-1:10 p.m., followed by a teaching workshop from 1:45-3 p.m. in Shanks 370/380. Dr. Gramer’s talk is titled, “Real Talk: Reframing ‘Class Discussion’ as Situated Talk about Writing and Rhetoric” and the teaching workshop is framed as “You, Too, Can Turn Theory into Praxis: Making Research-grounded Teaching Artifacts.” For additional information, including descriptions of the presentation and teaching workshop, visit http://www.hokieswrite.com/2022/03/10/uwp-spring-colloquium-april-1-dr-rachel-gramer/.
Spring 2022 Program Calendar
The Spring 2022 University Writing Program calendar is up to date at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/.
Pathways Assessment – Spring 2022
The Pathways data collection form at http://www.hokieswrite.com/pathways/ has been updated for this semester. For all first-year writing sections, spring data is due no later than Wednesday, May 11. This deadline allows us to compile data from the 177 sections of first-year writing and to submit one report for the entire program. Remember that you can submit Pathways assessment data before the deadline (e.g., at the time you read and assign grades to the collection of writing). The focal assessment artifact will continue to be the rhetorical analysis project in ENGL1105 and the sustained research project in ENGL1106.
Continue to let us on the program leadership team know if you have any questions we can help with.