Spotlight: Ali Shapiro


Who says you can’t do anything with that poetry degree? Below, Ali Shapiro, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s MFA program in poetry, doles out some exceedingly practical advice for job-hunting with the qualifications of a creative writer.


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Ali Shapiro is a recent graduate of the MFA program in poetry at the University of Michigan. Her poems have been published in RATTLE, Redivider, Linebreak, PANK, and Cutbank, and her posts are regularly featured on the Ploughshares blog. She's the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Vermont Studio Center, and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes in various denominations. The Wigs, her webcomic exploring the ambiguous relationship between two guinea pigs wearing clown noses, can be found at More from this author →