Well, I'm Doing It (Wish me Luck!)
After the response I got (both privately and in the comments section) to my blog about the AWP, I decided just to go for it. I am going to say exactly what I think about the subject of bringing local commercial writers into the classroom, even though I'm almost sure I'm going to get some flack. Within the academic creative writing community, this won't be a popular view. However, it's a necessary view, and why not say it? I've decided that if someone judges me for saying what I think and decides not to hire me to teach, then I probably would be unhappy in that environment anyway.
It's still unnerving, though, and points out another flaw in our current academic climate. Unfortunately, academic freedom doesn't seem to exist for the not yet tenured. But this won't change unless more of us stand up for what we believe, even if it's potentially dangerous to our careers to do so.
So here I go! Wish me luck!