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MnWE News Spring Conference Issue
March-April 2022

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MnWE 2022–April 7-8 on Zoom and at MHC
“Changing the Narrative: Empowering Stories”

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5.  Equity/Diversity Literary Resources (in each issue)

6.  Free Teaching/Learning E-Newsletters (in each issue)

7.  About MnWE (in each issue)

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        MnWE is very pleased to offer its first in-person conference since 2019. The advantage now in 2022 is that if you prefer to attend the conference online, you can do so in that format, too. We are making plans to offer each plenary and breakout and most other events simultaneously on Zoom and in our physical meetings.
        What are the meeting spaces? They are some of the nicest for a conference like ours in the Twin Cities: the Minnesota Humanities Center, pictured at MHC rooms are well ventilated and are cleaned daily. The MnWE Conference requires everyone attending in person to have been vaccinated and boosted and to bring proof to show at the door. We also invite anyone who wants to join us by Zoom to do so from any location near or far. Some attendees take part in our conference from other states and countries near and far.

             Both of the lunches (included in registration) and the Thursday evening dinner (optional for extra fee) will be in MHC’s well ventilated central hall, and attendees may take their food elsewhere in or outside the building or bring their


own food. We respect everyone’s need for safety and comfort. People are expected to remain masked except when presenting or eating.
        MHC also has several very clean,
in-house hotel rooms available. They may go fast! Contact MHC directly for rates and availability per night.
        Join us for MnWE’s highly praised events: roundtable discussions, two luncheon plenaries by experts in their fields. Register online anytime. You may do so before the final week to receive a reduced rate. (Adjuncts and students: register at lower rates.)

Conference Schedule


Sponsored by Minnesota Humanities Center
Do you believe stories frame identities, infuse the texts we explore, and inspire our students' and our own writing? Join Kevin Lindsey, CEO of MHC as he hosts a conversation with Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura about their new anthology, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World.
        This brilliant and rich gathering of voices on the American experience of this past year and beyond, from Indigenous writers and writers of color from Minnesota, not only provides valued witness to our present but also speaks to our collective future. This collection of stories is an ideal lens to focus pressing themes central to this year’s conference. Their conversation will include how dominant cultural narratives about race, gender, or class impact teaching and relationships with students, how educators navigate these dominant narratives, and how educators may question and resist persistent cultural narratives that reproduce inequality in the classroom.
        “For readers, this anthology of Minnesota writers of color and Indigenous writers will serve many things. A presentation of the growing diversity of Minnesota and of the many voices great within us. A series of lens on the American experience. A bouquet of wordsmiths and thinkers, memorialists and novelists, poets and activists.” ~ David Mura
        Don’t miss this conversation between Kevin, Carolyn, and David. It will be an engaging and thought- provoking opening to the 2022 conference. 
Profiles of Thursday Plenary Panelists


Sponsored by Strive Publishing Company

        There is power in elevating everyday stories from the Black community to effect change and challenge the way we relate to one another across cultures and identities. Join in this community panel discussion with Mary Taris, Donna Gingery, Gregory Pickett, and Anthony Walsh. Listen to their stories told in their own ways, representing lived experiences across the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennial Generations.

        Just showing up for a panel discussion creates space to connect, break down stereotypes, and share important life lessons, values, and hope for Generation Z, Generation Alpha, and generations to come. This is an opportunity to bring education, culture, and community together in an atmosphere of learning and acceptance, where we can be our authentic selves and face the challenges of educating the next generations in a way that honors each student’s full identity.

        – “The best contribution Strive Publishing can make in the children’s book publishing industry is to focus on African American authors.” — K. T. Horning, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Profiles of Friday Plenary Panelists

        The Minnesota Humanities Center is located in the southwest corner of St. Paul’s beautiful Phalen Regional Park. The Park includes two bodies of water, Lake Phalen and Round Lake, with walking paths around each–great spring strolls on a nice day. Weather permitting, on Thursday afternoon MnWE will offer a tour of the Park’s St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows and Flowing Waters.
        In addition, on Thursday our usual 1st-night
MnWE Dinner will be held at the Conference Center instead of at a restaurant as in the past. This change is for the health and convenience of those who want to join us for an evening meal and conversation in HMC’s well-ventilated main hall. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks (except when eating) will continue to be expected, as during the day.  Please place your additional order and payment for the Thursday evening dinner ten days before the conference, if possible, so we can make an estimate of how much food to purchase. On Friday evening, we’ll have a casual, order-in pizza supper at MHC from a nearby restaurant, no pre-registration needed, with payment when we order.

        The Minnesota Humanities Center is close to freeways I-35W, I-94, and Mn-36. If you’re looking for St. Paul urban adventures, the Hmong Village Shopping Center is close by, as is downtown St. Paul with its many great restaurants and shops. We hope you’ll join us for another unusually excellent conference!                    

Conference Schedule

Minnesota Humanities Center
MnWE Conference Registration
5. Equity Literary Resources  
              What diversity books might you or your students read? Suggestions are welcome. Email Richard at Jewell dot net.      


50 Top Asian American Literary Books
Time's 25 Asian-Am. Celebrate
MN Hum. Center’s BIPOC Resources

Wikipedia Asian-Amer. Lit., Writer List
2000+ Books on Asian American Lit
Graphic: 85 AAPI Novels  Angel's 60+



44 Best Black Books–
30 Top Black Literary Books
MN Black Children's Bks.–Strive Publ.
MN Hum. Center Diversity Resources

Wikipedia African-Amer. Lit., Writer List
41 Black Fiction Classics–B & N
700+ Black Books–
Black Graphic Novels and Comics


Indigenous/Native American:

50 Native American Bestseller Books
32 Native American Authors
MN Hum. Center Diversity Resources

WikipediaNative-Amer. Lit., Writer List
Minn. Hist. Society Native-Amer. Books
Indigenous Graphic Literature



Latinx Writers’ 14 Recommended Bks.
10 Latinx
MN Hum. Center Diversity Resources

WikipediaLatinx LiteratureWriter List
2000+ Latinx Books–
Latinx Graphic Novels



25 Best Classics
40+ LGBTQIA Gay Fiction & Lit Bks.
50 Bestsellers

Wikipedia: LGBTQ General, Writer List
1000+ in Multiple Genres
LGBTQ Graphic Lit: Bestsellers  800+

Graphic Novels and Diversity

NCTE: "Diversity in Graphic Novels"
NCTE: "In Defense of Graphic Novels"
NPR: "100 Fav. Comics/Graphic Novels"

Social Justice Graphic Novels (All Ages)
Best Graphic Novels of All Time
Top 10 Literary Graphic Novels


6. Free Teaching/Learning E-Newsletters
(listed in each issue)

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Who are we? “MnWE” is “Minnesota Writing and English,” an all-volunteer organization started in 2007. MnWE has a coordinating committee, a listserv, and an annual, two-day spring conference attended by 100-200 faculty. Our coordinating committee, which meets about six times per year, is composed entirely of unpaid college, university, high school, and other professional English/Writing volunteers. 

      All activities are by and for college, university, and college-in-the-high-schools English and Writing faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and related academic and literary scholars, writers, tutors, and others in the Upper Midwest.  Our purpose is to bring together these communities in Minnesota and in nearby states and provinces.

Where are we? Please visit us online at Our geographical center is Minneapolis-St. Paul. About 2700 faculty, graduate students, tutors, and related administrators see our emails. Those on our listserv receive this newsletter six times per year, along with additional conference announcements and helpful forwards. Our listserv members come from state universities, public and private two-year colleges, private colleges and universities, high schools, publishing companies, and the public universities of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and other schools and locations in the United States, Canada, and overseas countries.
Conference: At our annual two-day conferences, our speakers highlight pedagogical concerns and are scholars and writers of national excellence from both local and national locations. Some of our presenters come from states or countries far beyond our own geographical area. The majority of our attendees and presenters are from universities and private four-year colleges; a significant minority are in two-year colleges, high schools, and other groups.
Graduate Credit: Anyone may earn one graduate credit from Southwest Minnesota State
University for attending a MnWE Conference day and writing a related research paper (up to three such credits may be earned). For questions about this course–“Eng 656: MnWE Practicum”–please contact lisa dot lucas at smsu dot edu or see

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Questions: We invite you to email the editor or any coordinator on the MnWE Committee listed below. You also are always invited to attend any of our five to seven MnWE Committee meetings per year: to join the listserv, email jeweLØØ1 at umn dot edu (L zero zero one). If you’d like to attend a meeting, or join the committee for in-person meetings, Zoom attendance, or email comments from a distance, please ask Richard. In addition, you always are invited to offer suggestions to MnWE, or to volunteer your leadership for a session at the annual conference. 

Copyright: This newsletter is written primarily by MnWE News editor Richard Jewell without copyright so that anyone may quote, paraphrase, or forward any or all parts freely, unless otherwise noted. We do ask that you give credit to the MnWE News and/or; and when you use material that has been quoted or paraphrased in this newsletter from another source, please be sure to give proper credit to the original source. 

Richard Jewell, Editor

MnWE News   
Minnesota Writing and English
David Beard, UMD Advisor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Heidi Burns, Web & Docs Coordinator, Minn. State Univ.-Mankato
Mary Ellen Daniloff-Merrill, SMSU Advisor, Southwest Minn. State Univ.
Casey DeMarais, 2022 Site Coordinator, Minn. Humanities Center
Edward Hahn, Registration Coordinator, North Hennepin College
Ryuto Hashimoto, International Co-Leader, Minn. State Univ.-Mankato
Danielle Hinrichs, Program Coordinator, Metropolitan State University
Richard Jewell, Gen. Coord. and News Ed., Inver Hills Coll. (Emeritus)
Yanmei Jiang, Equity Co-Leader, Century College
Linda O’Malley, Volunteer Coordinator, Metropolitan State University
Kerrie Patterson, Treasurer, Hennepin Technical College
Gordon Pueschner, Registration Desk Co-Coordinator, Century College
Beata Pueschner, Registration Desk Co-Coordinator, N. Hennepin Coll.
Jana Rieck, Communications Coordinator, Champlin Park High School
Donald Ross, Co-Founder and UMN Advisor, University of Minnesota
Kako Shintani, International Co-Leader, University of Leeds
Larry Sklaney, Conference & Cost Center Coordinator, Century College
Mary Taris, Equity Co-Leader, Strive Community Publishing
MnWE Journal Editorial Board: David Beard, Ryuto Hashimoto,
     Yanmei Jiang, and Mary Taris

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