New Orleans Poetry Festival, April 15-16th, details TBA!

NEMLA: Saturday, March 25, 3-4:30 pm: “Creative Scholarship in the Literature Classroom” in the roundtable “Resilience in the Humanities Classroom,” NEMLA conference in Niagara Falls, NY


  • Weds 3/5: Of Gods & Monsters: A Poetry Reading, 6-8 pm, Shawn O’Donnell’s, 508 2nd Avenue (offsite, organized by Sonia Greenfield)
  • Thurs 3/6: 9:00-10:15, “Occupational Hazards: Teaching and Writing Risk Across Genres” with Jan Beatty, Destiny O. Birdsong, Erika Meitner, and Asali Solomon, Rooms 435-436, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
  • Friday, 3/7, 11-12 am, Kestrel Book Fair Table T1300: book-signing with Sally Rosen Kindred
  • Friday 3/7, 1:45-3, Book Fair Stage 1, Kestrel reading with Donna Long, Marty Lammer, John Hoppenthaler, Sally Rosen Kindred, Rick Campbell, Bonnie Proudfoot, and Doug Van Gundy

New Dominion Bookshop: Saturday, February 25, 7-8 pm in Charlottesville, VA: a reading and conversation with Remica Bingham-Risher

Writing Toward Change: A Generative Workshop: Saturday, January 28, 2-4 pm at Barren Ridge Vineyard in Fishersville, VA with Sara Robinson ($11.50/ person, sign up here)

More events in the works! I’ll also be at NEMLA in Niagara Falls presenting on the pedagogy of creative criticism.


CD Wright Festival: November 4-5 in Conway, AR

ALSCW: October 20th-23rd in New Haven, CT, on Gregory Pardlo’s panel “Confession”

Pomegranate Books: Friday September 30, 7 pm, in Wilmington, NC with Rochelle Hurt [cancelled due to Hurricane Ian]

Flyleaf Books: Thursday September 29, 5:30 signing and 6 pm event, in Chapel Hill, NC with Rochelle Hurt

Radford Reads: Thursday September 15, 6 pm, discuss of Unbecoming, Radford VA Public Library

Grolier’s Bookstore: HYBRID EVENT: Wednesday August 31, 7 pm, in Cambridge, MA with Jan Beatty and Angela Narciso Torres, moderated by January Gill O’Neil. Sign-up for in-person here. Sign up for Zoom here.

Poetry Live at the Vault: Sunday August 21, 7 pm in Charlottesville, VA, multi-poet event, reading from The State She’s In, pay-as-you-will

Hugo House: July 20, 5-7 pm, in Seattle, WA with Jeannine Hall Gailey, Mita Mahato, Martha Silano, and Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest

Confluence 22: July 29-31 at Pittsburgh Sheraton Airport, PA, speaker on three Saturday panels

Mother Foucault’s Bookstore: Friday July 22, 7-8 pm, in Portland, OR with Eric Tran

Cascade Writers Workshop: July 15-17 in Bremerton, WA

Gaithersburg Book Festival: May 21 in Gaithersburg, MD

Reeves Gallery at Washington and Lee University: Tuesday May 17, 4:45 pm, “Poetry’s Possible Powers,” a launch party and interdisciplinary conversation with Leah Green, Ellen Mayock, Seth Michelson, & Brenna Womer

MUSE Writers Center in Norfolk, VIRTUAL: Friday, April 29, 6 pm EDT: “Exploring Poetry’s Possible Worlds: A Conversation with Lesley Wheeler and Luisa A. Igloria”

AWP, Philadelphia:

  • Thursday, March 24, 1:45-2:45 pm, virtual panel T213: “The Hidden Toil of Editing a Literary Journal and its Impact on Inclusivity”
  • Wednesday, March 23, 4-6 pm, group reading at Booked for the Deep Beauty anthology
  • Friday, March 25, 6-7:30 pm, Tinderbox Editions reading at Chapterhouse Cafe, 620 S. 9th St
  • Friday, March 25, 8-10 pm at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Choice Words benefit reading for the Abortion Liberation Fund of PA: tickets free with optional donation

Virginia Festival of the Book, Thursday, March 17, 4 pm, Central JMRL in Charlottesville: “Uncertainty Within: Literary Fiction” with Cliff Garstang and Sharon Harrigan

NEMLA 2022, Friday March 10, 10 am, Baltimore: “Feminist, Hybrid, & Collaborative: A Reading and Conversation” with Anna Maria Hong and Mary-Kim Arnold  

Rockbridge County Library Book Club, January 19, 6 pm


DisCon III, reader and panelist, December 15-19, 2021, Washington, D.C.

World Fantasy Con, reader and panelist for “The Wild World of Speculative Poetry,” November 4-7, 2021, Montreal

Featured Writer for Writers Week at University of North Carolina, Wilmington, November 1-2, 2021

Pearl S. Buck Visiting Writer Reading with Fran Wilde: September 22, 8 pm, Randolph College, VA

Downtown Books, Lexington VA: Signing of Unbecoming, Tuesday, September 14, 5:30-7:30 pm

Readercon, Boston, virtual: August 13-15, 2021

Sewanee Writers Conference in Sewanee, TN, July 21-August 1

White Whale Bookstore with Brittany Hailer and Anjali Sachdeva, virtual, June 4, 7 pm ET

Breadloaf Environmental, virtual, June 6-12

Pier-Glass Poetry Panel, “Breaking the Line,” with Tacey M. Atsitty and Ron Smith, virtual, May 10, 1-2:30 pm ET

CrAFt: West Chester University’s Virtual Poetry and Creative Arts Festival, April 7-10th

Poetry and Pedagogy Conference, Workshop and Reading, February 18-20th

Café Muse with Don Colburn, January 4th, 7 pm ET: recording here

Poetrio Series at Malaprop Books with Kathy Goodkin and Eric Tran, 3 pm ET, January 3rd


THE HOT L SERIES hosted by Smartish Pace and Baltimore Poets Theater, 4 pm ET, Sunday December 13th, also featuring Anna Maria Hong. Recording here.

World Fantasy Con, October 30th: 2 pm ET panel discussion on Weird Fiction; group reading of Weird literature, 10:30 pm ET to 12:30 am

Virtual Author Talk hosted by Leyburn Library at W&L, October 27th, 7 pm ET.

A NOVEL IDEA: Reading from The State She’s In, 1726 E Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia, PA on September 16th at 6:30 pm

OUTER DARK SYMPOSIUM FOR THE GREATER WEIRD: August 14-15th at the Silver Scream FX Lab in Conley, GA: reading from Unbecoming and panel about teaching weird lit

Bridgewater International Poetry Festival online, May 20-22


ROCKED BY THE WATERS anthology Facebook Live launch reading, hosted by the English Dept. at Normandale Community College in Minneapolis, MN, May 7, Thursday, 7-8 PM, CST with Kris Bigalk, Teri Cross Davis, Camille Dungy, Rebecca Foust, Hedy Sabbagh Habra, Athena Kildegaard, and others (note: 8 pm EST)

A recorded reading from The State She’s In, The Social Distance Reading Series sponsored by Green Mountains Review and The Vermont School, April

BULL CITY PRESS PRESENTS: ZOOM READING from The State She’s In on April 11th  at 7 pm with Alan King and Destiny Hemphill

Saturday 1/10: An Evening of Feminist Speculative Poetry with Jeannine Hall Gailey, 7 pm, Open Books, Seattle, WA.

Friday 1/9: MLA Off-Site Reading, Town Hall Forum, Seattle, 7:30 wine bar, 8 pm reading (with a crazy number of people). Note: the Forum is through the West entrance, and can only be accessed from Seneca Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue, immediately east of the freeway.


Wednesday 12/4: Launch Reading for A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, 4:30 pm Hillel House at W&L, with editor Laura-Gray Street and contributors Cathryn Hankla, Laura Long, Deborah Miranda, Thorpe Moeckel, Jim Peterson, R. T. Smith, Lesley Wheeler

Saturday 11/9: Uncanny Activisms:  Poems as Spells, Curses, Prayers, and Blessings, a roundtable with Lesley Wheeler, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Anna Maria Hong, Ashley M. Jones, Hyejung Kook, and Jane Satterfield at the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference in Conway, Arkansas

Saturday 10/5: “Poetry’s Possible Worlds: 21st Century Verse and the Multiverse,” Lenfest Faculty Research Colloquium, Science Addition 214, W&L; the colloquium runs 9:30-1 with my presentation at about 12:30

Sunday 6/9: Reading with Sara Robinson from 2-4 pm at 2nd Act Books on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA

2nd act

Sunday 5/12: Mother’s Day Reading with Lauren Camp and Susan Facknitz at the Ox-Eye Vineyard Tasting Room, 44 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton, VA, 3-5 pm

Thursday 3/28: Book Signing from 12-1 at the AWP Bookfair,, table 9029, Portland, OR

Saturday 3/22: Reading and Panel at the Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird, SILVER SCREAM FX LAB, 4215 Thurman Rd, Conley, Georgia

Wednesday 2/27: Rockbridge Area Relief Association Benefit Reading, multiple authors, Elrod Commons Living Room from 11 am to 12 pm, Washington & Lee in Lexington, VA


Saturday 5/19: Bridgewater International Poetry Festival Reading with Kirk JuddBridgewater College, VA, Boitnott Room, 10 am

Friday 4/27: SWAG Reading, Black Swan Bookstore, Staunton, 7 pm

Sunday 3/25: Mimosa Musings with Patsy Asuncion and Sara Robinson, The Bridge, Charlottesville, VA, 10:30-12 am

All Women - Women's History Month

Thursday 3/8: Black Earth Institute AWP Off-Site Reading with About Place, 4-6:30, The Attic on Kennedy, Tampa, FL

Wednesday 1/24: Reading with Roberta Senechal de la RocheNorthen Auditorium in Leyburn Library, Washington and Lee University, Lexington VA, at 4:30 pm. Refreshments and books for sale.


Sunday 12/10: Back Room Readers Holiday Event at Lexington Coffee, W. Washington St., Lexington VA, 1-3 pm

Saturday 9/30: 100 Poets for ChangeWriter House, Charlottesville VA, 4-6 pm

Thursday 9/28: Staged Interview with Susan Stewart, 4:30 pm, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Student Center, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA

Thursday 8/10: “Anne Spencer, George Herriman, Babble, and Doodle” for the 3 pm panel Modernist Comics with Chris Gavaler and Olivia Badoi, MSA 19, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, NL

Thursday 5/25: Poetry and the Archives panel with Nat Anderson, Cynthia Hogue, and Cheryl Savageau, 8:30 am at Poetry by the Sea in Madison, CT

Saturday 4/30: Celebration of Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland, CityLit Festival, Baltimore, 3 pm

Tuesday 4/18: “Poetry and the Big Questions,” a reading with Sara Robinson and Seth Michelson at the Colonnades in Charlottesville, 7:30-8:30 pm

Saturday 2/11: Signing at the AWP Bookfair, 2-3 pm, Poetry by the Sea table (644t)

Saturday 1/14: Reading at Bridgewater College International Poetry Festival


Saturday 10/1: Tea for Two, Poetry in Library Park with Laura-Gray Street11 am- 1 pm, Richmond

Friday 9/23: Kestrel Celebration Reading with Cathy Barber, Rick Campbell, Jørn Earl Otte, & Jane Varley, 5:30-8:00 pm, West Virginia Folklife Center, Fairmont, WV

Tuesday 6/28: Summer Poetry Salon with Emilia Phillips and Pam & Bob Ortiz, 4:30 pm, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Sunday 6/5: Joaquin Miller Poetry Series reading, 3 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center Auditorium, D. C. Date TBA

Poetry by the Sea 5/24-38: Panel on Edna St. Vincent Millay (Weds. 5/25) and Poetry Reading (Sat. 5/28, 10:00-11:15), Mercy Center, Madison, CT

Sunday 4/24: Poetry Reading at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA, 2 pm

Monday 4/11: Poetry Reading, 7:00 pm, Peirce Lounge, Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Saturday 4/2: A Night of Hijinx: Interim and Barrow Street with Gemstone Readings. AWP Offsite Event. 7:30-10:30 pm, Pieter Performance Space, 420 W Avenue 33, Unit 10, Los Angeles, California 90031. Reading with Holiday Black, Emily Carr, Colby Gillette, Laura Marie Marciano, Miguel Murphy, Andrew S. Nicholson, Rob Schlegel, Heather H. Thomas, Lesley Wheeler. Free entry and free bar (BYOB/donations/tips encouraged)

Friday, 4/1: AWP Panel F222: Women in Spec: Women Writers in Speculative Poetry and Fiction. 1:30-2:25. (,  ,  ,  ,  ), Room 505 LA Convention Center, Meeting Room level.

Friday, 4/1: AWP Bookfair signing for Radioland, 11 am, Barrow Street Press (608), LA Convention Center. Another bookfair sighting: I’ll be holding Board office hours on Thurs. 4-5pm at AWP Booth 1011. 

Thursday, 3/17: Together and Apart: A Poetry Reading with Gary Dop, Erika Meitner, and Lesley Wheeler, New Dominion Bookshop, 2 pm, for the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Tuesday, 3/15: Multigenre Reading and Talk with Chris Gavaler,  5 pm, Leyburn Library Book Nook, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Refreshments served.

Tuesday, 3/1: Poetry Reading with Rod Smith and John Leland, Hillel Multipurpose Room, at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia. Free buffet lunch.



Friday 11/20: Dig and Be Dug in Return: A Participant Poetry Reading at the Modernist Studies Association Meeting, Staffordshire Room, Westin Copley,10 Huntington Avenue. Boston, MA, 5:30 pm

Wednesday 11/4: Book signing with Chris Gavaler at The Bookery, 107 W. Nelson Street, Lexington VA, 5-7 pm

Thursday 6/25: Reading with Colin Watts at Liverpool Poetry Cafe, 7:30 p.m., Admission £3/£2, Blue Coat, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX, UK (Facebook page)

Friday 6/19: Keynote Address at the Annual Arts and Humanities Research Conference, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Thursday 6/18: Reading at Wired Café, 6 p.m., admission free, 42 Pelham Street, Nottingham NG1 2EG, UK

Sunday 4/26: Poetry Doubleshot: A Reading with Seth Michelson and Lesley Wheeler, 1 p.m., Lexington Coffee, Lexington, Virginia

Friday 4/24: Blue Ridge Community College, Keynote Address, V building, 12:15-1:45, Weyers Cave, Virginia

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