Megan Volpert is the author of seven books on communication & popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists. She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for a decade & was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She edited the American Library Association-honored anthology This assignment is so gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching.
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 ten years.
She is currently researching a set of homolinguistic Bruce Springsteen translations, and collaborating with acclaimed performance artist Craig Gingrich-Philbrook on a project about the nature of failure. Additionally, she regularly writes for PopMatters, Curve Magazine, ArtsATL 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 away from line breaks toward a variety of somewhat more accessible 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 drives a scooter.
photos by Rob Friedman
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.
M.F.A. Louisiana State University, 2006. Creative Writing (Poetry). Minors in Screenwriting and Performance Studies.
B.A. Illinois State University, 2003. English.
Minors in Philosophy and Women’s Studies.
English teacher, Fulton County Schools, 2006-present.
English 10R, Journalism 101, Newspaper, and Speech 1 & 2.
Teacher of the Year, Roswell High School, 2014.
Guest Lecturer/Instructor, dozens of college classrooms, 2004-present.
Intro to Poetry & Wkshp, Intro to Fic & Wkshp, Intro to Perf Studies, Perf Poetry, Screenplay Wkshp, Major Amer Authors, and Comp.