Elizabeth Alexander is teaching a class, “Writing Across Race” at Richard Hugo House this spring. She took some time to answer some questions for us.
What is the title of your class?
People should take this class because?
They want to create characters of a race or ethnicity different from their own; read fabulous and horrible examples of attempts to do just that; and have a grand time in ways they might not anticipate (as in session five when we’ll listen to excerpts from a Broadway musical).
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
Students and potential students can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I am not on any social media.)
What are you reading right now?
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis
The Testament of Mary, by Colm Tóibín
The Street of Crocodiles, by Bruno Schulz
What excites you about the material you’re teaching?
It is unwieldy.
What do you like best about teaching at Hugo House?
The deep engagement of Hugo House students, as reflected in their wonderful class participation and brave writing.
What book(s) made you want to write?
Mary Poppins Opens the Door, by P. L. Travers
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?
What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?
See Under: Love, by David Grossman. It would not pair well with wine or beer. Scotch, maybe (I’ve not drunk Scotch)—or strong black tea.