Foreseeable Futures: Equitable Access to Professional Trajectories for Students

Rooms 340-342, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


As we guide students in their writing craft, how do our programs guide decisions and opportunities for students’ individual professional trajectories over a lifetime? With equitable access in mind, panelists offer rationales, approaches, and best practices for courses and programming in publishing, jobs and careers, literary citizenship, and/or sustaining a writing life. As part of this conversation, a free online Open Educational Resources textbook called Aspects of a Writer will be shared.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Foreseeable_Futures_Event_Outline_01.18_.23_.pdf



Anna Leahy is a poet, nonfiction writer, pedagogy scholar, and medical humanities facilitator. Her books include What Happened Was:, Aperture, Tumor, and Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom. She directs the MFA in creative writing program at Chapman University and edits Tab Journal.

Terry Ann Thaxton has published three books of poetry: Getaway Girl, The Terrible Wife, and Mud Song, as well as Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide. She is professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she directs the MFA program.

Ashley Mack-Jackson is a writer, teacher, and native Hoosier. She cofounded Word As Bond, Inc., an organization that provides free literary arts education to youth and historically marginalized communities across central Indiana. She also teaches in the College of Education at Butler University.

David Groff’s poetry collection Clay was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louise Bogan Award. An independent book editor specializing in fiction and narrative nonfiction, he teaches poetry, publishing, and literary citizenship in the MFA program of the City College of New York.


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