At the end of their readings they authors participated in a Q&A. One question asked, seen above near the end of the clip, asked: “What advice do you have for future English teachers about teaching literature, especially poetry. Whose books should we ask our students to read?” To which Leslie Marmon Silko cautiously responded, in part: “First of all, we should throw out, well not exactly throw out, move to the side, all of the, all of our most beloved, the old uh, you know, the old guys, yah, the canon.” Maxine Hong Kingston concurred.
And what about you? What advice do *you* have for English teachers about teaching literature? Whose books should we ask our students to read? Please let us know in the comments!