Megan Volpert is author or editor of over a dozen books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists and an American Library Association honoree. Her newest work is Straight Into Darkness: Tom Petty as Rock Mystic (University of Georgia Press, 2022) and she won Georgia Author of the Year for Boss Broad (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). In addition to her work as a communication strategist, Volpert is a part-time Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University and a Fellow at the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. 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 taught high school English in public schools for sixteen years. She also teaches Gender Studies and American Studies part-time at Kennesaw State University.
She spent seven years as a nationally competitive debater in high school and college, 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 opinion 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
Why Alanis Morissette Matters
Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2025.
Straight Into Darkness: Tom Petty as Rock Mystic
Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2022.
Perfume (Object Lessons series)
New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.
Editor, Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear
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.
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, GAPSC, 2007, English 6-12, Level T6.
MFA, Louisiana State University, 2006, Creative Writing.
BA, Illinois State University, 2003, English.