Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

17-02 Dan Crowley Memorial Panel: Discussion of Milbre Burch’s Holding Up the Sky

We encourage you to view the film on-demand before this discussion session. You can also download a PDF transcript of the film.


Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Creative Writing and Storytelling Section


Chair: Erin Kathleen Bahl (Kennesaw State University)

Forum participants:

Milbre Burch (Independent)

Paulina  L. Guerrero (Independent)

Jo Radner (American University, emerita)

Clyde Ruffin (Retired)

Marilyn M. White (Kean University, retired)

Margaret R. Yocom (George Mason University, emerita)

The Creative Writing and Storytelling Section hosts this virtual forum of Milbre Burch’s Holding Up the Sky, an ensemble-driven play grounded in world folktales, performed by a multicultural cast. Respondents will discuss the aesthetic, academic, and social impact of the playwright’s engagement with oral tradition tales from cultures not her own. Discussants include junior and senior scholars from the section as well as the playwright and the director who commissioned the play in 2009. Discussants, attendees and others can access the virtual screening prior to the forum. Excerpts will be played during the session.