Aug 19th 2021

Join us for a virtual conversation with Felicia Rose Chavez in celebration of her bestselling book, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. For this event, Felicia will be in conversation with Eileen Favorite.


A captivating mix of memoir and progressive teaching strategies, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom demonstrates how to be culturally attuned, twenty-first century educators.

The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop is a call to create healthy, sustainable, and empowering classroom communities. Award-winning educator Felicia Rose Chavez exposes the invisible politics of power and privilege that have silenced writers of color for far too long. It’s more urgent than ever that we consciously work against traditions of dominance in the classroom, but what specific actions can we take to achieve authentically inclusive communities? Together, we will address how to:

– Deconstruct our biases to achieve a cultural shift in perspective.

– Design a democratic teaching model to create safe spaces for creative concentration.

– Recruit, nourish, and fortify students of color to best empower them to exercise voice.

– Embolden our students to self-advocate as responsible citizens in a globalized community.

Finally, a teaching model that protects and platforms students of color, because every writer deserves access to a public voice. For anyone looking to liberate their thinking from “the way it’s always been done,” The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop is a clear, compelling guidebook on a necessary step forward.

Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez. Felicia’s teaching career includes the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently serves as Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College. For more information about The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, and to access (and add to) a multi-genre compilation of contemporary writers of color, please visit

Eileen Favorite received a 2021 Illinois Arts Council Award for nonfiction. Her essay “On Aerial Views” was named a Notable Essay in the Best American Essays 2020, and won First Place in the 2019 Midwest Review’s Great Midwest Writing Contest. Her first novel The Heroines (Scribner) was named a Best Debut Novel by The Rocky Mountain News, and has been translated into Finnish, Italian, Russian, Czech, and Korean. The audio version was nominated for best recording by the American Library Association.  A writer of both poetry and prose, she’s twice received Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Essay Daily, Fiction Southeast, The Chicago Tribune, Triquarterly, The Rumpus, The Toast, Chicago Reader, Poetry East, and Diagram. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for both fiction and nonfiction. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in Writing and at the Graham School of Continuing Studies at the University of Chicago.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

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