Readings & Events

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Upcoming events

Writers-in-Residence Sunday Readings: Mathias Svalina and Randon Billings Noble, Chautauqua Institute — 9 August at 3:30 PM EST


Past events

Reading as part of The Great Indoors series (check for the Zoom link here) — Friday July 31 at 8:00 PM EST

A lecture to the Goucher MFA in Nonfiction program on making room for essayistic thinking during fraught times (which can be viewed here) — Monday 27 July at 2:00 PM EST

Reading from Be with Me Always, West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program (via Zoom) — Sunday 5 July at 8:00 PM

Reading from Be with Me Always, Wildacres Writers Workshop (via Zoom) — Wednesday 1 July at 7:00 PM

Annapolis Book Festival, Annapolis, MD

Saturday 25 April 2020: Panel discussion with Lia Purpura, author of All the Fierce Tethers 

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD — Saturday 7 March 2020

Craft session “The ‘Hermit Crab’ Essay: How to Use Borrowed Forms to Structure Your Work”

English Reading Series at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT — Friday 14 February 2020

Reading from Be with Me Always at Market Street Writers, Leesburg, VA — Sunday 9 February 2020 at 4:00 PM

Reading (with Julia Phillips) at Halfway There, Montclair, NJ — Monday 13 January 2020, 6:30 p.m.


2019:

“About the Essay,” ASJA DC Conference, Washington, DC — 8 November 2019

Reading from Be with Me Always, Greek Alumni Room, Performing Arts Center, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, WV — Monday 28 October 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Fall for the Book, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA — 10-12 October 2019

“On Monsters and Men: Revelations through Hauntings,” Thursday 10 October, 4:30 p.m.

LITERARY DEATH MATCH (!), Saturday 12 October at 8:00 p.m.

Reading from Be with Me Always as part of the Pen Parentis salon, New York — 8 October 2019

Reading from Be with Me Always at the Bernardsville Public Library, Bernardsville, NJ — Sunday 22 September 2019, 2 p.m.

Reading from Be with Me Always as part of “A Night of Nonfiction: Debut Author Readings & Discussion” at HippoCamp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Hippocampus Magazine), Lancaster, PA — Friday 23 August 2019

Poets in Pajamas online reading series — Sunday 18 August 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Emerging Writers Festival, Alexandria, VA — Friday 16 August – Sunday 18 August 2019

Reading from Be with Me Always at Carlyle House, 121 N Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, Magnolia Terrace on Saturday 17 August 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Leading the workshop “After the Art” at the Atheneum, 201 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA, Lower Gallery, Saturday 17 August 2019, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Reading from Be with Me Always at the Cleveland Park Library, Washington, DC — Monday 5 August 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Why There Are Words: A Literary Reading Series, New York City — Sunday 7 July 2019, 6:00 p.m.

“The “Hermit Crab” Essay: How to Use Borrowed Forms to Structure Your Work,” Philadelphia Writers Conference, Philadelphia, PA — Sunday 9 June 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Author Cabaret (via Open Book Bookstore), Elkins Park, PA — 7 June, 8 p.m.

Signing at Book Expo, New York City — Thursday 30 May, Booth 632, 10:00 a.m.

Why There Are Words: A Literary Reading Series, White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh — Saturday 25 May 2019, 7:00 p.m.

Crafting the Lyric Essay workshop, Creative Nonfiction, Pittsburgh — Saturday 25 May 2019, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

Readings on the Pike, Arlington, VA — Monday 20 May 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Reading from (and presenting on) Be with Me Always as part of the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD — Saturday 18 May 2019, 2:15 p.m.

“It’s Not Always Novels: Essays, Flash/Short Stories, Criticism, Poetry, and Memoir,” Washington Writers Conference, Bethesda, MD — 10-11 May 2019

Conversations and Connections, where Be with Me Always is a featured books, Arlington, VA — Saturday 27 April 2019

Reading from Be with Me Always along with Xu Xi reading from This Fish is Fowl, NYU Bookstore — Thursday 25 April at 6pm

Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC — Friday 19 April at 7pm

Why There Are Words series at Trade and Lore, Asheville, NC — Thursday 18 April 2019

Meacham Writer’s Workshop, Chattanooga, TN — Thursday 4 April through Saturday 6 April 2019

Reading from Be with Me Always along with Xu Xi reading from This Fish Is Fowl at Old Town Books, Alexandria, VA — Tuesday 2 April 2019

“Que savent-ils?: What Classic Essays Can Teach Contemporary Essayists,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Portland, OR — Thursday 28 March 2019

“Writing Into the Silences—A Reading of Recent Creative Nonfiction,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Portland, OR — Thursday 28 March 2019

Red Weather Reading Series at Penn State– Monday 11 March 2019

Politics and Prose, Washington, DC  — Saturday 9 March 2019 at 6pm


2018 and earlier:

“The F-Word,” NonfictioNOW, Phoenix, AZ (November 2018)

“Crafting the Lyric Essay,” workshop, HippoCamp, Lancaster, PA (August 2018)

“The Long and Winding Road: Publishing an Essay Collection,” HippoCamp, Lancaster, PA (August 2018) (for which I was the conference’s highest-rated speaker)

“Making Room for Essayistic Thinking During Fraught Times: The Personal and the Political,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Tampa, FL (March 2018).  You can read a write-up of this panel at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies here.

“Towards Truth and Brevity: All About Creative Nonfiction Chapbooks,”  Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Tampa, FL (March 2018).  You can read a write-up of this panel at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies here.

“Worries of the Poet, Tools of the Essayist: Crafting the Lyric Essay,” HippoCamp, Lancaster, PA (September 2017)

“Major Problems with Minor Characters in CNF,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Washington, DC (February 2017)

Reading: SAFTA Reading Series, Knoxville, TN (18 September 2016)

“Essaying the Book Review,” HippoCamp, Lancaster, PA (13 August 2016)

Reading: “Leaving the Island,” from the anthology Mothering through the Darkness: Women Open Up about the Postpartum Experience, at Politics and Prose, Washington, DC (14 May 2016)

“Digging Deep: Using Research in Creative Nonfiction,” Conversations and Connections, Washington, DC (18 April 2015)

“Why Reviewing Matters: Diversity in Reviews,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Minneapolis, MN (11 April 2015)

Reading: “Stripped Down and Redressed” from the anthology Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping, at Politics and Prose, Washington, DC (17 January 2015)

“The Essayist in the 21st Century,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Washington, DC (3 February 2011)

“Mapping Memory, Charting Identitly,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) panel, New York (23 March 2007)