Craft(ing) The Classroom, A Virtual Poetry and Pedagogy Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
West Chester University Poetry Center
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The West Chester University Poetry Center

Call for Papers

Craft(ing) the Classroom, A Virtual Poetry and Pedagogy Conference

February 18-20, 2021 

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020


The West Chester University Poetry Center is pleased to announce this Call for Papers and Poems for Craft(ing) the Classroom, our Inaugural Virtual Poetry and Pedagogy Conference, February 18-20, 2021. Do you teach the craft of writing poetry? Do you teach literary analysis of poetry? Are you a poetry, children’s literature, or young adult literature scholar? Do you lead poetry workshops at your school or in your community? Are you interested in being a member of a community of poets, scholars, and teachers who are interested in developing innovative approaches to teaching poetry? Join us! Our Featured Reader and Keynote Speaker will be Zetta Elliott, “Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children” (Zetta Elliott’s author page), including the most recently celebrated books with #BLM themes, Say Her Name (Little Brown, 2020)  and A Place Inside of Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2020). 

We invite teachers, scholars, and poets on all levels (primary, secondary, undergraduate, and post-graduate) to submit proposals for virtual presentations (creative and critical), workshops, and lesson plans for roundtables, workshops, panels, poster sessions, and readings. We would welcome abstracts that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • CRW Pedagogy
  • Approaches to Teaching Poetry
  • Children’s Literature
  • Young Adult Novels in Verse
  • Poet/Teacher Open Mic
  • Poetry about Teaching
  • Poetry, Pedagogy, and Social Change
  • Poetry, Pedagogy, and the Pandemic
  • Poetry Workshops for Teachers

Critical proposals should include a 200-400 word abstract along with a short CV (no more than 5 pages). Creative proposals should include 3-5 poems accompanied by a 150 word abstract and a short CV (no more than 5 pages). Please send proposals to with Pedagogy in the subject line. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cherise A. Pollard (

We are pleased to announce The Shirley Geok-lin Lim Award, open to a K-12 teacher from the United States who actively teaches the writing of poetry. For information regarding the application process, please consult the WCU Poetry Conference Webpage.