Meet Our Panelists for “Should I Get an MFA?”

To MFA or not to MFA…that is the question. The debate over whether a graduate degree is necessary for your career has been raging for a quite awhile, but it shows no signs of stopping. And though we’re sure the smart answer to “Should I Get an MFA?” is “it depends,” we want to hear the nuances that shape that decision. For that reason, we’ve invited three talented literary professionals who have taken different paths to reach their goals. Read more about them below!

Kathleen Rooney – Rose Metal Press

Kathleen is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her latest book is the novel in poems Robinson Alone and her debut novel, O, Democracy! is forthcoming from Fifth Star Press in April 2014. Her latest chapbook with Elisa Gabbert is The Kind of Beauty that Has Nowhere to Go. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and her MFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College in Boston.

Daniel Parra – 7Vientos Press

Danny Parra started his career in the literary world over twelve years ago coordinating book fairs throughout the United States in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. For many years, he worked in book distribution, and later became an editor and now a publisher. He is Director and Co-founder of 7Vientos Press (7V). He graduated from DePaul University with a BA in International studies.

Marty McConnell – Author

Marty McConnell lives in Chicago where she works as a fundraiser for a youth and family center. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her work has recently appeared in TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard, and is forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review and Best American Poetry 2014. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” was published in 2012 by EM Press.

Join us at Next Door Cafe on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 pm. The panel will be moderated by CWC Social Media Assistant Ines Bellina, and is hosted by both Chicago Writers Conference and Northwestern University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. The event is free, but registration is required.