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Readings & Events:

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AWP 2023 Happenings:

  • Queer Eye for the Natural World: Writing Our Bodies, Desire, and Nature: Thursday, March 9, 2023, 3:20 p.m.–4:35 p.m, Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
  • Star-Tent: A Triptych Booksigning: Tolsun Books (table 1420), 11:30am-1pm, Friday, March 10, 2023
  • Star-Tent: A Triptych Booksigning: MTSU Write (table 1603), 3-5pm, Friday, March 10, 2023
  • Tolsun Books Offsite reading: Friday, March 10, 7-9pm Cherry Street Coffee House, 2719 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
  • Queer Nature Offsite Reading: Friday, March 10, 7:30-9pm, Left Bank Books, 92 Pike St # B, Seattle, WA


Workshops & Classes: 

Naming the Song: a Making & Mending Independent Study: You can now take my class, “Naming the Song,” as an independent study through Poetry Barn. You’ll have full access to materials and prompts, but will be working on your own.

Snap, Crackle, Pop: a Making & Mending Syntax Independent Study: You can now take my class, “Snap, Crackle, Pop,” as an independent study through Poetry Barn. You’ll have full access to materials and prompts, but will be working on your own.

Past Events: 

Queer Nature Reading: Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm EST, online & in-person at Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC. Free, but registration required for online AND in-person attendance.

Speculative Poetry: The Basics & Beyond: Join me as we explore the types and tropes of speculative poetry in this workshop designed for those new to the genre as well as those who have been writing in it for awhile. Together we’ll read and analyze example poems and generate work of our own. NEW DATE: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 2-5pm at The Porch (vaccination required).

Reviews & Interviews: Brown Bag Lunch: Join me for a discussion on tips for pitching reviews and interviews and getting your own work in the spotlight. Friday, May 6, 2022, 12-1pm, at The Porch (vaccination required).

Temperamental Poetry: A Making & Mending Workshop: Online asynchronous poetry class, in which we explore Gregory Orr’s Four Temperaments of Poetry. It will run Dec. 6 through Jan 2, 2021. Great class for all levels with space to generate new work and mend the old.

Unique Takes on Ageless Themes: Saturday, November 6, 2-5pm, The Porch (in person!): Please join me for a generative class where we’ll write and read poems that offer–you guessed it–unique takes on ageless themes. COVID-19 vaccination required. 🙂

Snap, Crackle, Pop: a Making & Mending Syntax Workshop: Online, asynchronous, through Poetry Barn (May 3-30, 2021)

Queer Nature: Panel with Nickole Brown, Julia Koets, and Ann Fisher-Wirth, Glitterary Festival, April 17, 10:15-11:15am. ONLINE & FREE!

Write with Pride Lift Off: Celebrate & learn more about this writing workshop series for LGBT+ youth in Middle Tennessee: Thursday, February 25, 5-6:30pm central, via zoom.

In Process Reading Series, 4:30pm September 3, MT Center Ingram Building, MTSU Campus. Mask required.

Portraits & Personas: Master Class through MTSU Write, Saturday, February 22, 9am-noon at the MT Center (Ingram Building) on MTSU’s campus.

Charlottesville Reading Series, Friday, December 13, 7pm, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA.

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, Conway, AR, November 9: “Strange Horizons: A Feminist Speculative Poetry Reading,” with co-panelists Rochelle Hurt, Maya James, and Amelia Martens.

“Harnessing Description: a Generative & Revision Workshop,” Saturday, October 19 as part of MTSU Write’s Fall Conference.

Delighting in Writing & Writing Delight: Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series, The Porch (Nashville, TN), Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 12-1pm.

Unique Takes on Ageless Themes: Generative Poetry Workshop with The Porch (Nashville, TN), Saturday, July 27, 2019, 2-5pm.

AWP Panels on Thursday, March 28, 2019: “The Heart is a Muscle: Poetry of Protest,” 10:30-11:45am, A105, Oregon Convention Center and “Maintaining Beginner’s Mind in Your Own Classroom: a Poetry Reading,” 1:30-2:45pm, E145, Oregon Convention Center.

AWP Off-site Reading, Saturday, March 30, 7-9pm, Rontoms

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:30pm: The Robert J. Carr Visiting Writers Series, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00pm: St. Ann St. Visiting Writers Series, Brescia University, Owensboro, KY.

Open Mouth Reading Series: Sunday, July 8, 2018, 7pm, Fayetteville, AR.

Lyrical Brew: Friday, June 29, 7pm, Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble, Nashville, TN.

Tangelo 4.0: Thursday, June 14, 7pm, Chicago, IL with Sarah Rae and Tyler McGaughey.

Flying Out Loud Reading Series, Monday, May 7, 2018 Louisville, KY.

Scarritt Bennett’s Poet’s Corner: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7-8pm, Nashville, TN.

8×8: AWP Offsite Reading: March 7, 2018 6pm, The Bunker, Tampa, FL.

My Speaker, Myself: Navigating Persona and Identity in Feminist Poetry: AWP Panel featuring Ruth Awad, Claudia Cortese, Raena Shirali, and Shelley Wong and myself. Thursday, March 8, 2018, 9:00am-10:15am, Tampa Convention Center Room 15.

MTSU Poetry Reading with Kerri French and Bryanna Liccardi, Wednesday, February 21, 3pm, MTSU Bookstore, Murfreesboro, TN.

The Porch’s Idle Hour Reading Series, at Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern, 7pm, January 19, 2018, Nashville, TN.

Reading with Emily Rose Cole and M. Brett Gaffney, at Chase Public, Saturday, December 2, 7pm, Cincinnati, OH.

Thursday, October 5, 1pm-2:15pm, Studio Theater: Madison College, Madison, Wisconsin.

Reading with poet Brenna Lemieux at Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago, IL, Wednesday, June 28, 7pm. 

Reading at FEED Arts Center in Kankakee, IL, Monday, June 26, 6:30-7:30pm.

Reading with poet Ruth Awad in the With Poetry Series, Columbus, OH, Sunday, May 28, 7pm, 2017. 

Reading with fellow Autumn House Press poet Judith Vollmer at Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh, PA, Monday, May 22, 7:00pm.

Rivertown Reading Series with Stephanie RogersPaducah, KY, April 22, 2017, 7:00pm.

Echoes & Visions Reading Series, April 7, 2017, 6:00pm, Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury, MD.

Reading with poet Claire Millikin at Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC, Friday, March 3, 7:00pm.

Poetrio Reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm, Asheville, NC. 

F(r)iction AWP offsite reading, Bar Louie,  701 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C., Thursday, February 9, 8:00pm. 

Glass Harvest Book-signing, Friday, February 10, 11:30am, Autumn House Press booth (349) at the AWP book fair.

South Dakota Review Featured Author book-signing, SDR Booth (753) at AWP, Saturday, February 11, 3:30-4:30pm. 

The SAFTA Reading Series, Sunday, Dec. 11,2:00pm at Bar Marley in Knoxville, TN with Catherine Moore and Stacey Balkun.

Poetry in the ‘Boro Featured Reader, Thursday, November 10, 7:00pm, Green Dragon Public House, Murfreesboro, TN.

Devil’s Kitchen Literary Festival, Friday, October 28, 2:00pm at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Betty Gabehart Prize Reading, Kentucky Women Writers Conference, Lexington, KY: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2:00pm

Piedmont Virginia Community College: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, noon.

New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA: Thursday, July 28, 5:30pm.

Joaquin Miller Reading Series, Rock Creek Nature Center, Washington, DC: Sunday, July 31, 3:00pm.

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