R113. Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Writers on Employment Outside of Academia

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


From spreadsheets to court briefs to forestry to tech, writers who are employed outside of academia discuss how their work empowers their writing lives. Rather than a burden or distraction from creative writing, the divorce of art and economy opens doors to authors with bold ideas and risky manuscripts. When writing is not hinged on tenure nor rent, what can we accomplish?



Wendy J. Fox, MFA, is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories, the novel The Pull of It, and the forthcoming novel If The Ice Had Held

Daniel Olivas is the author of nine books including The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems. Olivas has also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, El Paso Times, La Bloga, and the Los Angeles Times. By day, he is an attorney.

Teow Lim Goh is the author of Islanders (2016), a volume of poems on the history of Chinese exclusion at the Angel Island Immigration Station. She is an MFA candidate at Western State Colorado University and works in business.

Yuvi Zalkow's debut novel A Brilliant Novel in the Works (about a failed writer named Yuvi) was published by MP Publishing. His stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, Rosebud, and others. By day, he writes developer guides for a software company. 

David Abrams is the author of Brave Deeds and Fobbit. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, F(r)iction, Narrative, and many other publications. He blogs about the literary life at The Quivering Pen.


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