Rage Against the Academic Machine: Writers Surviving Academia

Rooms 343-344, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


When we tell people about our academic support group, they ask if they can join. We know there's a need, and we want to help you start your own. In this panel, five members of Rage Against the Academic Machine will share why we formed a writers' academic support group, the personal and professional impact it has had the last five years, how it helps writers even outside the academy, and practical steps to create your own collective. Come alone or bring colleagues ready to build something.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2023_AWP_RATAM_Panel_Event_Outline.pdf



L.M. Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas has creative nonfiction and a literary translation MFAs from the University of Iowa. She is the author of Drown Sever Sing and Don’t Come Back from Mad Creek Books. She is a Rona Jaffe fellow and works as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Inara Verzemnieks is the author the critically acclaimed memoir Among the Living and the Dead. A member of the faculty of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award.

Sarah Viren is the author of the essay collection Mine, winner of the River Teeth Book Prize and the GLCA New Writers Award. A contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, she is also an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

Angela Pelster's essay collection Limber won the GLCA Nonfiction Award for new writers and was a finalist for the PEN Art of the Essay award. She's published in Ploughshares, Lit Hub, The Kenyon Review, and Granta, among others. She teaches in the MFA/BFA at Hamline University in St Paul.

Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel is the author of the essay collection Fear Icons, winner of the inaugural Gournay Prize. A graduate of the University of Montana's Environmental Studies Program and the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, she teaches creative writing at Whitman College.


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