Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom, edited by Anna Leahy, serves as a fine example of this expanding, improving conversation on the teaching of creative writing. This book is generative, ranging and substantial. It is a book I wish I had read before I taught my first creative writing workshop. This is an impressive collection. Among other issues, The Authority Project addresses power dynamics in the classroom, assumptions about the roles of students and teachers in creative writing, gendering in creative writing, and how best to teach students in this complicated classroom space. To its credit, the collection provides no prescriptions. Authority, as all teachers know, is a central dynamic in the classroom, and this collection should be of use to creative writing teachers and others who want to learn more about it. Eric Burger, Pedagogy 7:1
About the Author
Anna Leahy teaches creative writing and literature at North Central College in Illinois. Her poetry chapbook, Hagioscope, won the Sow's Ear Press Award; her children's activity book, The Insect Workbook, appeared in 1994; and individual poems and prose pieces have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has served as a coordinator of the Pedagogy Forum for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and has published scholarly work on pedagogy and the profession in several venues.