When did you first feel like a writer?
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
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.
Chet’la Sebree is the author of Field Study, winner of the 2020 James Laughlin Prize, and Mistress, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She is the director of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. For her work, she has received fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her work has most recently appeared in Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Dr. Keisha N. Blain’s Four Hundred Souls: A Community of African America, 1619-2019.
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHET’LA
“It was playful, hopeful, challenging. Chet’la has positive energy, is very knowledgeable, and embraces our questions.”
“She loves poetry and wants to give, to teach. She lets us speak our reactions.”
“Open, clear and insightful in sharing her own process.”
” I would highly recommend this class to any other aspiring poet. Writing endings is something that all must grapple with.”
“Chet’la is an outstanding teacher! Organized, thinking quickly, yet with wonderful insight. She paced the class well.”
“I thought the instructor was an expert in her subject, easily fluent in any related topic as she fielded questions from students.”
“She made this class intriguing, picked poems that illustrated different ways to end poems and built on the scaffolding she created.”
“Thought the course was well-laid out and the examples very helpful. Chet’la was very encouraging and nurturing in her approach to writing poetry.”