Readings & Events

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Upcoming events

Readings from A Harp in the Stars:

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An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with  Dorothy Bendel, Heidi Czerwiec, and Katie Manning “at” The Writers Place (Kansas City, MO) — Saturday 29 January 2022 at 3:00 p.m. CT

An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Ru Freeman,  Sarah Minor, and Caitlin Myer “at” the White Whale (Pittsburgh, PA) — Wednesday 23 February 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET

“Strike a Chord: The Lyric Essay Forms of A Harp in the Stars” with Heidi Czerwiec, Angie Chuang, Sayantani Dasgupta, and Laurie Easter at AWP (Philadelphia, PA) — March 2022


Other events:

“Not Another Male Orgasm: Using the Shapes of Meander, Spiral, Explode in CNF” with Ellie Bozmarova, Kristina Gaddy, and Laura Laing at AWP (Philadelphia, PA) — March 2022


Recorded events

Readings from A Harp in the Stars:

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An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Sandra Beasley, Christen Noel Kauffman, and LaTayna McQueen “at” The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, MD) — Wednesday 3 November 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET

An interview with Sonja Livingston on Memoir Cafe — 1 November 2021

An online reading from Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Aimee Baker, Sarah Einstein, Eric Tran, and Sarah Viren hosted by the West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program and live-streamed on their Facebook page — Thursday 21 October 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET

An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Sayantani Dasgupta, Michael Dowdy, and Eric Tran “at” Malaprop’s (Asheville, NC) — Wednesday 20 October 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET

An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Tyrese L. Coleman and Lia Purpura “at” Politics & Prose (Washington, DC) — Saturday 9 October 2021

An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Steve Edwards, Rowan McCandless, and Leslie Jill Patterson “at” Pagination Books (Springfield, MO) — 7 October 2021


“The Shape of Things to Come: Essay Forms,” Chautauqua Writers’ Center Brown Bag Conversation with Prose-Writer-in-Residence Randon Billings Noble, Chautauqua Institute — 14 August 2020

“Making Room for Essayistic Thinking During Fraught Times,” a lecture to the Goucher College MFA in Nonfiction program (it starts around 3:30) — 27 July 2020

A reading for the West Virginia Wesleyan Low-Residency MFA Program — 5 July 2020

English Reading Series at Brigham Young University — 14 February 2020


Past events

An online “Night of Flash” reading from AHarp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Emily Brisse, Daniel Garcia, Casandra Lopez, Nels P. Highburg, Marsha McGregor, Jericho Parms, Sarah Perry,  Amy Roost, and Diane Seuss via Readings on the Pike (Arlington, VA) — Thursday 2 December 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET

An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Heidi Czerwiec, Marina Blitshteyn, Kristina Gaddy, and Julie Marie Wade as part of The Nonfiction Sessions “at” Goucher College’s MFA in Nonfiction Program.  The conference is from 12 – 14 November and the reading is on Friday 12 November 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

An online reading from Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Amy Bowers, Chelsey Clammer, Davon Loeb, and Curtis Smith via the TGI reading series — Friday 5 November 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET

An online reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Angie Chuang, Susanna Donato, and Christopher Linforth “at” Lighthouse Writers Workshop (Denver, CO) — Friday 29 October 2021 at 5:00 p.m. MT

An in-person reading from A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays with Tyrese L. Coleman, Kristina Gaddy, and Lia Purpura at The Ivy (outside on the back patio), Baltimore, MD — Friday 15 October 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET

A Facebook Live reading (open to the public) as part of West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA Program’s summer residency — Saturday 3 July 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET

A reading with Melissa Febos (Girlhood) at Solid State Books — 15 April 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Reading from Be with Me Always, University of Mary Washington — 21 October 2020 at 5:00 PM ET

Writers-in-Residence Sunday Readings: Mathias Svalina and Randon Billings Noble, Chautauqua Institute — 9 August 2020 at 3:30 PM EST

Reading as part of The Great Indoors series (check for the Zoom link here) — Friday July 31 2020 at 8:00 PM EST

Reading from Be with Me Always, West Virginia Wesleyan MFA Program (via Zoom) — Sunday 5 July 2020 at 8:00 PM

Reading from Be with Me Always, Wildacres Writers Workshop (via Zoom) — Wednesday 1 July 2020 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”

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)