Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists, a Georgia Author of the Year finalist and an American Library Association honoree. Her newest work is Boss Broad (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Megan Volpert grew up in Chicago and lives in Atlanta with her wife, Mindy. Volpert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University and has been teaching high school English for the past thirteen years.
She is currently researching queer fashion and drag subjectivity, as well as collaborating with acclaimed performance artist Craig Gingrich-Philbrook on a project about the nature of failure. Additionally, she regularly writes for PopMatters and Atlanta INtown.
Volpert spent seven years as a nationally competitive debater, then several more years competing in poetry slams. Her early publications focused on language play rooted in surrealism, before turning toward a variety of hybrid forms invested in confessionalism. Increasingly, Volpert's work can be characterized simply as journalism or essays.
Throughout her writing career, Volpert has been influenced by second-generation New York School poetry and has displayed a strong interest in performance studies. Volpert is a theory junky who cannot resist rock and roll. Her work is consistently argumentative. She used to drive a scooter.
photos by Rob Friedman
Editor, Closet Cases
Little Rock: Et Alia Press, 2020.
Co-Editor, RuPaul's Drag Race and Philosophy
Chicago: Open Court, 2019.
Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019.
Co-Editor, Tom Petty and Philosophy
Chicago: Open Court, 2019.
Straight Into Darkness
McLean, VA: Miniver Press, 2018.
Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016.
Philadelphia: Lame House Press, 2015.
Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014.
Editor, This assignment is so gay
Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013.
Sonics in Warholia
Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011.
The Desense of Nonfense
Buffalo: BlazeVOX Books, 2009.
Buffalo: BlazeVOX Books, 2007.
San Antonio: MetroMania Press, 2007.
Certificate, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, 2007, English 6-12, Level T6.
MFA, Louisiana State University, 2006, Creative Writing.
BA, Illinois State University, 2003, English.
English teacher, Fulton County Schools, 2006-present.
Honors World Literature, Journalism, Public Speaking.
Teacher of the Year, Roswell High School, 2014.