Conference Speaker Details

At TYCA-MW 2017 in St. Paul, MN, Julie Schumacher was the Keynote and Bruce Horner was our Friday breakfast speaker.


Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University.  Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.  Her other books include a short story collection, five novels for younger readers, and – most recently – the national bestseller Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor.  Ms. Schumacher is the first woman to have won the Thurber Prize.  She is a professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing program at the University of Minnesota.


Bruce Horner is Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where he teaches courses in composition, composition pedagogy and theory, and literacy studies.  His articles appear in such journals as College Composition and Communication, College English, the Journal of Basic Writing, the London Review of Education, Literacy in Composition Studies, and Composition Studies.  His books include Representing the “Other”: Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing and Writing Conventions, both co-authored with Min-Zhan Lu, and, more recently, Rewriting Composition: Terms of Exchange (2016), Reworking English in Rhetoric and Composition: Global Interrogations, Local Interventions (2014, co-edited with Karen Kopelson), and Cross-Language Relations in Composition (2010, co-edited with Min-Zhan Lu and Paul Kei Matsuda), recipient of the 2012 College Composition and Communication Most Outstanding Book Award. His teaching and scholarship focuses on language difference in writing and the labor of composing and teaching writing. Before coming to the University of Louisville, he served as Director of Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.