Change of Plans: The Pleasure & Pain of Walking Away from Academia

119AB, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Thursday, March 24, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Did you think you’d finish graduate school and then score a great gig at an institution of higher learning? But now you're tired of the hustle? For many of us, the dream is over as jobs in humanities departments dwindle. So what are the options? Join this diverse panel of professionals who have let go of academic aspirations—some happily, some not so much —and who have found new ways to work while still maintaining their identities as writers.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

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Sonia Greenfield is the author of four books of poetry: Letdown, selected for the Marie Alexander Series in 2020; American Parable; Circus Gravitas; and Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market, winner of the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. She teaches writing at Normandale College in Minneapolis.

Andres Rojas holds an MFA and a JD from the University of Florida. He is the author of a full-length poetry book and two chapbooks and has many journal publications, including translations. As a poetry editor at various literary journals, he has sought to foster the work of new and emerging writers.

Chloe Martinez is the author of two collections, Ten Thousand Selves and Corner Shrine, winner of the Backbone Press Chapbook Prize. She works at Claremont McKenna College, where she is staff at the Center for Writing & Public Discourse and lecturer in religious studies.

Sarah Kersey is a poet and x-ray technologist from New Jersey. She is an associate editor of South Florida Poetry Journal and is an assistant features editor for the Rumpus. Kersey attended the 2021 Tin House Summer Workshop. She tweets @sk__poet.

Pamela Hart is author of Mothers Over Nangarhar, published in 2019. She is writer in residence at the Katonah Museum of Art. She received a poetry fellowship from the NEA. She is a poetry editor for the Afghan Women's Writing Project and As You Were: The Military Review.


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