My hope is to empower students to consider the possibilities of fiction. There are artistic and empathy lessons to be gained from an intersectional, genre-diverse, and global reading experience. I encourage students to bring this perspective and language of possibility into the creative writing classroom.
Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet and educator. A former public school teacher, she received her MFA from Cornell University where she also served as a lecturer. Her work can be found in various journals including Aster(ix), Black Warrior Review, Nimrod, Winter Tangerine, and Frontier. She has received fellowships from places such as the MacDowell Colony, Millay Arts, Caldera Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Storyknife, and Kundiman, among others. A recent Philip Roth Resident and Hub City Writer in Residence, she is now living in Minnesota where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College.