R263. The Last Life-Boat Off the Titanic: Pivoting from Teaching in Higher Ed. to High School

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


With the future of higher education increasingly uncertain, many writers with college-level teaching credentials are looking for positions in independent high schools as a viable alternative career path. Six writers who have pivoted from the college-level teaching track will present on their experiences, provide insight into the benefits and realities of teaching in these schools, discuss how they’ve maintained their writing, and offer advice on how to prepare and market yourself for these jobs.


Rosalie Moffett is a former Wallace Stegner fellow and the author of June in Eden, from OSU press. The winner of a Discovery prize and a Ploughshares Emerging Writer prize, her poems and essays appear widely. She is a high school writing center director, and teaches for Stanford Continuing Studies.

Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize, and Covenant. He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection, Ramshackle Ode. His poems have recently appeared in the Academy of America Poets Poem-A-Day Program, Horsethief, and Copper Nickel. Keith teaches at The Wellington School, an independent school in Columbus, Ohio.

John Harkey lives in Columbus, Georgia, where he teaches high school English. He turned to secondary teaching after getting a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center (his dissertation focused on "small poetry"). John also runs Creature Press, and some of his poems can be found in online journals.

Lily Brown is a poet and teacher living and working in the Bay Area, where she teaches at an independent high school. She is the author of several chapbooks and the full-length collection of poetry Rust or Go Missing.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside