Literary Arts

Feb 10, 2023 - Mar 2, 2023

Virtual Meeting
Brookhaven, MS

The Literary Arts department welcomes artists to a series of masterclasses for Practicum in Literary Arts. See the banner and biography details for more information about each artist. All sessions are being conducted virtually. Visit the Guest Artist Residency Program website to learn more about guest artists at MSA and how you can contribute to the program.


Ida Harris is an essayist and journalist writing at the intersection of Blackness and womanhood. Ida’s is a published author whose work is included in the newly released anthology Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic. Her work is featured in Boston Review, Teen Vogue, ELLE, Essence, Yes! Magazine, USA Today and more. As a New York native she represents South Jamaica, Queens—and considers the South home. Ida is currently managing editor for MADAMENOIRE


Brittany Rogers is a poet, mother, educator, and native Detroiter. She has work published or forthcoming in Underbelly, Mississippi ReviewThe Metro TimesThe OffingObsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and Oprah Daily. Her work has been anthologized in “The BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic” and “Best of the Net”. Brittany is a fellow of  VONA, Tin House. The Watering Hole, Poetry Incubator, and Pink Door Writing Retreat. She is Editor in Chief of Muzzle Magazine and co-host of VS Podcast. Learn more about Brittany at




Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez. Felicia’s teaching career began in Chicago, where she served as Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founded GirlSpeak, a feminist webzine for high school students. She went on to teach writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was distinguished as the Most Innovative Instructor of the Year, the University of Iowa, where she was distinguished as the Outstanding Instructor of the Year, and Colorado College, where she received the Theodore Roosevelt Collins Outstanding Faculty Award. Her creative scholarship earned her a Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, a University of Iowa Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, a Riley Scholar Fellowship, and a Hadley Creatives Fellowship.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently serves as Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College.


Jane Barr is a first-generation African American whose family immigrated from Ghana. A screenwriter and director, she earned her MFA in Film & Television from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Jane’s screenplay, 12 Days, was a second rounder at both Sundance 2017 and the Academy Nicholl Fellowship 2017. Her feature screenplay, Colony I, was a second rounder at Sundance 2018 and 2020. Her pitch, Vision, was a second rounder at Sundance 2023. Jane was chosen as a fellow for the Hedgebrook Screenwriting Lab 2019 and the Athena Virtual Screenwriting Lab 2020. Jane’s TV pilot, An American Tale, was the Grand Prize Winner of the BlueCat Screenwriting Contest 2020. Jane was chosen as an Essence/Women in Film Pathmaker 2021 and she was recently chosen as one of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Athena Film Festival 2022 Women in Science Development Fund winners. Jane is currently developing feature films with Lionsgate, Amazon and Chernin, as well as a documentary film with One Story Up productions.