Alternative Professions to Academia for MFA Graduates, Sponsored by CLMP & LitNet

113A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Professionals from the literary field discuss alternative career paths to academia, including magazine publishing, writers-in-the-schools programs, literary conferences and festivals, and arts administration.



Shannon McNerney is the executive director at Fishtrap, a literary arts organization in rural northeast Oregon best known for the Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers. A writer and classical singer, Shannon has worked in nonprofit management since 2002.

Libby Flores

Asari Beale is a writer, educator, and leader deeply committed to children’s literacy. She is the executive director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and a steering committee member of LitNet, a network serving America’s literary community.

Steph Opitz is VP of Partnerships at Zibby Books. She is founder of The Loft Literary Center’s Wordplay book festival. A visiting instructor at the University of Minnesota, she serves on committees for the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and LitNet.

Jafreen Uddin is the executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. She is the first woman to lead the organization since its founding in 1991. With over a decade of experience working in the public sector, she specializes in communications, education, and fundraising.


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Seattle Convention Center