Spalding’s School of Writing Welcomes Felicia Rose Chavez to our graduate faculty!



Spalding’s School of Writing is delighted to announce that Felicia Rose Chavez has joined our graduate faculty in creative nonfiction. Felicia will also provide instruction in the teaching of writing for our graduate certificate, MA in Writing, and MFA students.


Chavez recently published The Anti-Racist Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom (Haymarket 2021), a call to create healthy, sustainable, and empowering artistic communities for a new millennium of writers. She is a digital storyteller with an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa. An award-winning educator, Chavez served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a feminist webzine for high school students. She went on to teach writing at 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. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean 's Fellowship, and a Riley Scholar Fellowship. She is a co-editor, with Willie Perdomo and José Olivarez, of The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, and her work has been featured in the Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, The Normal School, and Brevity, among others.


Find Felicia Rose Chavez and Kiese Laymon in conversation online at BreakBeat Poets Live.