2022 ELATE OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Friday, July 29 | 10:15–11:15 a.m. ET
The first African American writer to be named Kentucky poet laureate, Frank X Walker is Professor of English and African American and Africana Studies and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he founded pluck!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He has published eleven collections of poetry, including his latest, Masked Man, Black: Pandemic & Protest Poems, and Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, which was awarded an NAACP Image Award and the Black Caucus American Library Association Honor Award. Walker is also the author of Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, winner of a Lillian Smith Book Award, and Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride. He coined the term “Affrilachia” and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets group. A Cave Canem fellow, his honors also include a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry.
Black and Latina Feminisms in English Teacher Education
Saturday, July 30 | 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET
In this Real Talk Session we imagine Black and Latina feminist futures in English education. As an intergenerational group of Black and Latina feminist teachers and scholars, we will explore how women of color feminisms can be the homeplace of curriculum and pedagogy in both English teacher education and K–12 classrooms.
Presenters: Ileana Jiménez, Teachers College, Columbia University
Latrise Johnson, University of Alabama
Detra Price-Dennis, Teachers College, Columbia University
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College, Columbia University
Stephanie Robillard, Stanford University
Tracey Flores, The University of Texas at Austin