Classy Talk with Wendy Call: Spring 2014

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Wendy Call_newWhat is the title of your class? 

Authoring Change: Writing Socially Engaged Nonfiction

People should take this class if… 

Any of the following are true about you:
You are interested in socially engaged writing. You are now or have ever been an activist. You think a lot of what passes for “political writing” is not fun to read. You want to change that fact. You like reading excellent prose, taking it apart to see how it works, and using it as a launching pad for generating new work.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?

Drop me a line via my website. Or at my (very occasional) blog.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?

For sure. Most recently, an article I wrote about the intersection of poetry, pot legalization, and the Latin American Drug Wars appeared in Yes! Magazine. See lots of other work at my website.

What’s your teaching philosophy?

Short version: It’s strongly informed by Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Read the long version here.

If you could have any famous actor read one of your pieces to you, who would it be and why?

That sounds like one of my anxiety dreams.

What are you currently working on?

The essay I read at the March 14 Hugo Lit Series on “Family Ties” is part of a series of essays I’m calling “grief’s hidden gifts.” You can read the first essay in the series here.

I am also writing about the intersection of national parks, environmentalism, and imperialism. You can read an essay from that project at Guernica.

What’s your favorite “rule” of writing to break in your own writing?

What? There are rules?

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?

1) an excellent new book about the role of the literary journal in the US: Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Landscape (gin & tonic)

2) a truly inspiring anthology, In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means (Bengal spice tea)

3) the latest, lovely book of poetry from Sam Green (our first WA State Poet Laureate ), All That Might Be Done (a microbrew of Big Al’s in White Center)