Talk: Stacey Waite, "Teaching Queer"

October 26, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Pitt alum Stacey Waite will give a talk based on her newly released book, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. A book signing will follow.

From the publisher: Teaching Queer looks closely at student writing, transcripts of class discussions, and teaching practices in first-year writing courses to articulate queer theories of literacy and writing instruction, while also considering the embodied actuality of being a queer teacher. Rather than positioning queerness as connected only to queer texts or queer teachers/students (as much work on queer pedagogy has done since the 1990s), the book offers writing and teaching as already queer practices, and contends that the overlap between queer theory and composition presents new possibilities for teaching writing. Teaching Queer argues for and enacts “queer forms”—non-normative and category-resistant forms of writing—those that move between the critical and the creative, the theoretical and the practical, and the queer and the often invisible normative functions of classrooms.

Stacey Waite is assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has published four collections of poems: Choke, winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize; Love Poem to Androgyny; the lake has no saint, winner of the Snowbound Prize; and Butch Geography.

Co-sponsored by the Charles Crow Fund and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

Location and Address

501 Cathedral of Learning