When did you first feel like a writer?

It took a while for me to feel like a writer–even though I’ve been writing most of my life–because I was wrapped up in the notion of what it meant to be a “real” writer.   I gave up on that notion when I realized a “real” writer isn’t the person with the most publications, but someone who gets to the page to express herself.  In that way, I’ve been a writer since the second grade.

What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
There is no one way to write a poem, so I think the beauty of teaching a writing class is having the opportunity to help each individual writer find her way into her poem.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?

If I could meet any fictional character, it would probably be Jay Gatsby because, in some ways, I feel like we are kindred spirits who would share a meaningful hug.

About Chet’la: 

Chet’la Sebree, a mid-Atlantic native, was the 2014-2016 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry. She is a graduate of American University’s MFA in Creative Writing program and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies.  Her work has most recently appeared in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, and Poetry International.





Chet’la is a new WriterHouse instructor. Please check back after the Fall 2017 term to find out all of the great things our students have to say about Chet’la.