Speak No Evil Forum Response: “MFA vs. POC” (Craig Santos Perez)

Craig Santos Perez   At the 2014 annual conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), I attended the plenary session for writing program directors. The main topic of the plenary was “hallmarks of success.” During the discussion, I recommended that AWP add faculty and student diversity as a hallmark. I was one [Continue Reading…]

Speak No Evil Forum Introduction: “MFA vs. POC”

Forum Junot Díaz’s April 2014 New Yorker piece “MFA vs. POC” sums up the failings of American Creative Writing Programs simply: “too white.” Which is to say, not enough faculty of color, little to no space for the experiences of people of color, and an abiding belief that race is not the province of Literature. [Continue Reading…]