Classy Talk with Elizabeth Alexander

Posted Sat, 3/09/2013 - 12:25am by  |  Category:

Elizabeth Alexander is teaching a class, “Writing Across Race” at Richard Hugo House this spring. She took some time to answer some questions for us. 

What is the title of your class?           

Writing Across Race

People should take this class because?           

They want to create characters of a race or ethnicity different from their own; read fabulous and horrible examples of attempts to do just that; and have a grand time in ways they might not anticipate (as in session five when we’ll listen to excerpts from a Broadway musical).

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?           

Students and potential students can email me at (I am not on any social media.)

What are you reading right now?           

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis

The Testament of Mary, by Colm Tóibín

The Street of Crocodiles, by Bruno Schulz

What excites you about the material you’re teaching?           

It is unwieldy.

What do you like best about teaching at Hugo House?           

The deep engagement of Hugo House students, as reflected in their wonderful class participation and brave writing.

What book(s) made you want to write?           

Mary Poppins Opens the Door, by P. L. Travers

Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?           

Show up.

If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?           

David Grossman

What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?

See Under: Love, by David Grossman. It would not pair well with wine or beer. Scotch, maybe (I’ve not drunk Scotch)—or strong black tea.