Department of English

2019 Creative Writing/Teaching Conference

“Ecopoetry and the Essay”

A Creative Writing/Education Conference
Hunter Conference Center
September 19-20, 2019

Director: Dr. Danielle Dubrasky
Co-Directors: Dr. John Meisner
Editor-in-Residence: Simmons Buntin,
Visiting Writers: Chris Cokinos, University of Arizona; Kate Northrop, University of Wyoming
Education Specialist: Kim Rathke, Utah State Office of Education
Education Coordinator: Cody Christensen, Canyon View High School
Guest Journals: Saltfront, Dark Mountain, American Poetry Review, Sugarhouse Review

Thursday, September 19

Creative Writing Workshops

Student Center Starlight Room
9:00-10:00 Registration opens/Continental Breakfast

  • 10:00-11:15  Poetry Workshop with Kate Northrop--Craft Workshop for SUU students and high school teachers
  • 11:30-12:30  APEX speaker artist Al Farrow Gilbert Great Hall
  • 1:00-2:00      Lunch on your own
  • 2:30-3:45      CNF Workshop with Chris Cokinos--Craft Workshop for SUU students and high school teachers

Guest Readings by Visiting Writers
Student Center Theater

  • 4:00-5:00      Readings by Kate Northrop and Chris Cokinos
  • 5:00-5:30      Editors’ Panel: Simmons Buntin, Eric Robertson, Kate Northrop,
    Natalie Young
  • 5:30-6:00      Book Signings
  • 6:00              Dinner and Dialogue with students/teachers and guest writers and editors - Shooting Star Room (Conference Center)

Friday, September 20

Education/Creative Writing Workshops

Whiting Room--Hunter Conference Center
8:00-8:30 AM Registration opens/Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30-9:50       Pedagogy Workshop: “Engaging Student Voices in Essay Writing” Kim Rathke
  • 10:00-10:50   Welcome Readings by Kate Northrop and Chris Cokinos
  • 11:00-12:15   Pedagogy Workshop: Teaching Poetry in the High Schools--Kate Northrop
  • 12:15-1:15     Lunch and Book Table
  • 1:15               Orientation of the play Hamlet at Beverly Taylor Sorensen Art Center
  • 2:00-5:00      Utah Shakespeare Festival Production: Hamlet Engelstadt Theater

Questions? Contact Dr. Danielle Dubrasky at

Co-sponsors include the Office of the President, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the English Department, and the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values.

Student Registration