tp hear more, go to: writing.upenn.edu Stephen Metcalf discusses the market and students’ writing heroes at the Kelly Writers House on February 10, 2011. Stephen Metcalf sa columnist at Slate, where he is the host of Culture Gabfest. After several years spent in a PhD program at Yale, Metcalf’s enthusiasm for a profession with radically un-normalized career outcomes and extremely few jobs, and in which the one compensatory perk –tenure –was being withheld from new entrants, waned, and he moved to NYC to be a freelance writer. While struggling to find a voice unaddled by literary theory and too many years in grad school, he worked several anonymous if shabby-chic literary jobs, eventually catching on as a speechwriter for Hilary Clinton’s first Senate campaign. Metcalf has also written for TNR, the Nation, and Times Magazine. He is at work on a book-length polemic on the 1980s.