||The purpose of Graduate Writers and Academics (from here on referred to as GWA) is to promote the writing of graduate students across the university by sponsoring readings and activities meant to share with the public at large. Any graduate student from any department at NMU may be a member of GWA. GWA will also represent and give voice to the concerns of all English graduate students at Northern Michigan University. GWA will work to foster greater participation of graduate students in the Northern community, and will serve as a channel of communication between the English graduate students and other segments of the university (i.e. the faculty and administration). GWA will help institute and encourage initiatives central to graduate student welfare at Northern broadly conceived. Typically, GWA sponsors literary readings, but we also have executed protest poetry readings and lent our name to activities meant to help fund graduate students attending academic conferences. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.