On the Town

Forthcoming Events 

10/9/23 (7:00 P.M. CT) Traveling Mollys Reading Series, with Virgil Suarez. Virtual.

10/27/23 (6:00 P.M. ET) Hermitage Artists Retreat. Talk and Reading, with Christopher Theofanidis. Manasota Key, Florida. In Person.

11/5/23 (2:00 P.M. PT) Reading for Portland Book Festival’s Cover to Cover Program, with Stephanie Adams-Santos, Alissa Hattman, Joan Naviyuk Kane, and Sasha LaPointe. Up Up Books. Portland, Oregon. In Person.

2/8/24 (3 – 4:30 P.M. CT) JackLeg Women Writers / Another Chicago Magazine Reading, with Taylor Byas, Jessica Cuello, Suzanne Frischkorn, Monica S Macansantos, Rita Mookerjee, and Karen Rigby. Helzberg Auditorium, Kansas City Public Library. In Person.

2/14/24 (1 PM PST) University of California, Riverside Writer’s Week Festival. Panel/Reading with Elena Karina Byrne and Lisa Teasley.

Selected Past Events 

  • Los Angeles Festival Of Books Poetry Stage Reading
  • Black Earth Institute and Cutthroat Reading


9/9/23 (4 P.M. CT) Printer’s Row Lit Fest. Reading and Panel, with Simone Muench, Ruben Quesada, and Suzanne Frischkorn. Chicago. In Person.

8/1/23 (6:00 P.M.) Aspen Music Festival. Recitation of “If Falling Is a Leaf” by Adja Thomas. Aspen, Colorado. In Person.

5/20/23 (4:15 – 5:05 PM). Gaithersburg Book Festival Panel and Reading. Gaithersburg, Maryland, Bohrer Park, Poe Tent. Signing Immediately After in Indoor Signing Area. In Person.

5/7/23 (4 PM EDT). Press 53 Reading with Lindsey Royce. Virtual.

4/22/23 (11 – 11:20 AM PST). Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Reading at USC. Los Angeles, California, Poetry Stage. Signing Immediately after, Signing Area 2 / Small World Books. In Person.

3/9/23 (3-5 PM PST). BEI – Cutthroat Reading at the Common Area Maintenance (CAM). Seattle, Washington. In Person.

3/10/23 (7-9 PM PST). MER – Nelle – SWWIM Reading at Town Hall. Seattle, Washington. In Person.

11/16/22 ( 7 – 8:30 EST) Reading with Kelli Russell Agodon for Fourth River issue launch. Virtual.

11/15/22 ( 7:30 CST) Reading with Niki Herd, Jan Beatty, and jo reyes-boitel for release of Niki Herd’s chapbook don’t you weep. Millikin University. Virtual.

11/5/22 (10:00 AM – 5 PM EST) Indie and Local Author Celebration With Jessica Cuello and Suzanne Frischkorn. Norwalk Public Library.

10/22/22 (1 PM EST) Panel for American University. The PR Game: Jackleg Press Panel with Suzanne Frischkorn, Jessica Cuello, and Jen Harris. Washington D.C. In Person.

10/14/22 (6PM PST) Reading for Willow Spring Release Party. Virtual.

10/13/22 (7:15 PM CST) Reading for Second Thursday Series. Bookwoman. Virtual. Register.

10/1/22 (7 PM EST) Dance performance of “I Have an Apology, 6 Requests, and 4 Offers (But Not in That Order)” from Dear Selection Committee, choreographed by Caili Quan for Ashbury Park Dance Festival. New Jersey. In Person.

9/15/22 (6PM EST) Wilder Words 24PearlStreet Faculty Reading with Leila Chatti, Joan Kwon Glass, Reif Larsen, Cleyvis Natera, and Erika Wurth. Fine Arts Work Center. Virtual. Register.

9/18/22 (5 PM EST) Choral Performance of “We Are Love” and “The Book of Rahul” by The Washington Chorus and Wolf Trap for Joyfully Together, A Community-Powered Singing Celebration. Washington D.C. In Person.

8/28/22 (1 PM CST) Reading for Glass Lyre Press with Lois P. Jones, Gloria Mindock, Connie Post, Beth Copeland, and Amy Small-McKinney. Virtual.

8/16/22 (5:30 PM MST) Reading with Claudia Putnam and Wendy Videlock. Glenwood Arts Center. Glenwood Springs, CO. Big White Tent on 6th. In Person.

7/10/22 (7 PM EST) Mercy Street Reading Series with Lisa Hase-Jackson, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Christian J. Collier, Kimberley Ann Priest, Gary Jackson. Link forthcoming. Virtual.

7/8/22 (6 PM PST) Reading with Aminur Rahman, Pam Uschuk, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. Blue Light Press. Virtual.

7/5/22 (5:30 PM MST) Reading with Kelli Russell Agodon, Tony Alcantara, and Claudia Putnam. Explore Booksellers. Aspen, Colorado. In Person.

6/28/22 (1 PM PST) Reading. Spoken Word Club of Laguna Woods. Laguna Woods, CA. Virtual.

6/26/22 (4 PM PST) Reading with Peter J. Harris. Beatnik Cafe Series. Hey Hey in Echo Park, CA. In Person.

6/25/22 (2-4 PM PST) Reading with Suzanne Lummis. Avenue 50 Studio. In Person.

6/5/22 (3 – 5 PM EST) Reading for Mom Egg Review 20 Zoom Launch Party. Virtual. Register.

6/3/22 (8 PM EST) Reading with Jos Charles and Jane Wong. Politics and Prose Bookstore. Washington D.C. Virtual. Register.

6/3/22 – 6/5/22 Made Real. Door Out of the Fire in Three Concerts by Ars Nova. Denver and Boulder. In Person and Virtual. Buy Tickets.

6/2/22 (7 PM EST) Reading with Joan Naviyuk Kane, J F K Randhawa, and Cheryl Clark-Vermeulen. Grolier Bookstore. Cambridge, MA. In Person and Virtual. Register for In-Person. Register for Virtual.

5/28/22 (7 PM EST) Reading with Rosebud Ben-Oni, Erika Meitner, and Dani Janae. White Whale Bookstore. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Virtual. Register.

5/26/22 (6pm PST) Reading with José Araguz, John Sibley Williams, and Jane Wong. Bishop & Wilde Bookstore, Portland. Virtual.

5/25/22 (7:30 pm EST) SWWIM Sing the Body Reading. Miami. Watch.

5/12/22 (5:30 PM CST) Whitman Gathering of the Poets. 202 Main. Conroe, TX. In Person.

5/19 (6:30 P.M. EST) Jackleg Press Spring reading with Diane Seuss and Suzanne Frischkorn). Watch.

4/22/22 (8 PM CST) New Member Poetry Reading. Texas Institute of Letters. El Paso, TX. In Person.

3/25/22 (6-8 PM EST) Reading with Rosebud Ben-Oni, Erika Meitner, and Joan Naviyuk Kane. Women’s Caucus. AWP Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Person and Streamed.

3/24/22 (3:20-4:35 PM EST) Panelist with Rosebud Ben-Oni, Jenn Givhan, Erika Meitner, and Patricia Spears Jones. Women’s Caucus. AWP Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In Person and Streamed.

3/17/22 (5 PM EST) SWWIM Residency Meet the Artist. The Betsy Hotel. In Person and Streamed.

3/16/22 (7 PM EST) SWWIM Residency Reading with Victoria Sanz. The Betsy Hotel. In Person and Streamed.

1/22/21 (11 a.m. PST) Verse-Virtual Reading with Lois P. Jones. Virtual.

12/18/21 (7 PM IST, 8:30 a.m. EST) Reading. India International Multilingual Poetry Festival. Progressive Literary & Cultural Society. Fill out contact form for link.

10/13/21 (1 PM BST) Reading. 100 Poems to Save the Earth Reading. Gloucester Poetry Festival. Request zoom link.

10/9/21 (7:30 PM IST) World Thinkers and Writers Peace Meet. International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research.

10/2/21 (8 PM EDT) Door Out of the Fire. Performed by Nicolò Spera, with the University of Michigan Choir, conducted by Eugene Rogers. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Livestream link.

7/6/21 (7 PM MST) The Birds of the Seven Valleys of Love (talk and reading). Rumi Poetry Club. Request zoom link.

7/17/21 (7 PM IST) Reading and Q&A. Global Cultural Jamboree. Sri Lanka Scout Association. Request registration information.

6/21/21 (7:30 PM EDT) Conference of the Birds/Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings. Performed by Mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil for Electric Earth Concerts. Jaffrey Center. Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Tickets.

6/1/21 (7 PM MST) Bardic Trails Reading Series (Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds poetry program, Between the Covers Bookstore, and Telluride Arts District group.

4/19/21 (3:30-5 PM PST) Paws Healing the Earth Anthology Release and Reading with Kalpna Singh-Chitnis, Christopher Merrill and more.

4/17/21 (2-3:15 PM CST) “The Living Room at HPL: Celebrate 10 Years of Public Poetry” Reading with Houston Public Library and Public Poetry.

4/7/21 ( 6:15 PM MST) Colorado Mountain College Library Reading with Lindsey Royce.

11/20/20 (8:30 PM PST) Third Friday Salon at Home, hosted by Elena Secota.

11/1 (1PM CST) The Hexing Circle: A Pre-Election Poetry Reading with Zoë Brigley, Sascha Akhtar, Ruth Awad, Mari Ellis-Dunning, and Christina Thatcher. Write Thompson.3022@OSU.edu for the Zoom link.

7/31/20 (10 AM CST) World Poetry Festival Reading with Aminur Rahman.

7/23/20 (7 PM EDT) Červená Barva Press Reading with RJ Jeffreys.

7/5/20 (7-7:30 PM EDT) Poets in Pajamas Reading Series

5/13/20 (7 PM CST) Wednesday Night Poetry Series with Kai Coggin, Kelli Russell Agodon, Beth Ann Fennelly, Jessica Helen Lopez, and Christopher Poindexter.

5/2/20 (7:30 PM EDT) Performance of Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings fragments & the musical composition Conference of the Birds, with Argus Quartet & Christopher Theofanidis. Raritan River Music Festival

4/29/20 (7-8 PM EDT) Saint Julian Press Reading, with Cynthia Atkins, Wendy Barker, & Lisa Rhoades. Hosted by Ron Starbuck. 

4/23/20 (7-8 PM EDT) Release Party & Open Mic Sponsored by Saint Julian Press and Redheaded Stepchild Magazine. 

3/4/20 (7PM CST) Saint Julian Press Reading. The Twig Book Shop. San Antonio, Texas.

1/26/20 (1 -3 PM) “Uprooted” Film Screening and Poetry Reading for REELpoetry at MATCH.

1/4/20 (2 PM CST) Public Poetry Library Reading Series. Bracewell Neighborhood Library. Houston, Texas.

12/5/19 (5:30 PM CST) Emily Dickinson Birthday Reading. Martin’s Hall. Conroe, Texas.

11/20/19 (4 – 6 PM) “The Place of the Poetic” panel for The Think Factory. Lone Star College-CyFair. Main Stage Theatre.

11/3/19 (7 PM CST) Creatives for Asylum Seekers and Migrants fundraiser reading. Sharespace, Naylor. Houston, Texas.

10/20/19 (7PM EDT) Random Name Poetry Series with Courtney Gambrell. Dahlak Paradise. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

10/5/19 (1PM CST) Poetry Out of Bounds. Houston Poetry Fest kick off with Joseph Machado, L.A. Merrill, and Weasel Patterson. Barnes and Noble. Houston, Texas.

9/6/19 (8:30 PM CST) First Friday Reading Series. Inprint House. Houston, Texas.

9/4/19 (6:30 – 8:30 PM CST) “Writers for Migrant Justice” Reading with Lupe Mendez, Robin Davidson, Analicia Sotelo, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Roberto J. Tejada, Ron Starbuck, Francine J, Harris, Robert Clark, Robin Reagler, Kevin Prufer, Daniel Peña, Dave Parsons, Gabrielle Langley, Rich Levy, Katie Hoerth, Jane Creighton, Miah Arnold, Erika Jo Brown, and more. Houston Holocaust Museum. Houston, Texas.

7/6/19 (2 PM CST) Public Poetry Library Reading Series with Autumn Hayes, Vincent Cooper, and Katherine Hoerth. Bracewell Neighborhood Library. Houston, Texas.

6/20/19 (6-8 PM CST) Poetry Night on The Veranda at LaCenterra with James Trotter, Meta-Four Houston, and Jeremyah Payne. The Veranda at La Centerra at Cinco Ranch. Katy, Texas.

6/23/19 (4:30 PM PST) Sunland-Tujunga Reading Series. Bolton Hall Historical Museum. Los Angeles, California.

5/28/19 (7:30 PM CST) Featured Reader. Ekim Nepo Reading Series. Notsouh. Houston, Texas. 5/28/19 (7:30 PM CST) Featured Reader. Ekim Nepo Reading Series. Notsouh. Houston, Texas.

5/2/19 (5:30 PM CST) Gathering of the Poets. Reading with a whole bunch of wonderful folks in celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday. Martin’s on the Square. Conroe, Texas.

3/30/19 (10:30-11:45 a.m.) VIDA Voices & Views Transgender, Non-Binary, & Gender Nonconforming Interview with Stephanie Burt, Ching-In Chen, Paige Lewis, and Cameron Awkward Rich. Portland, Oregon, E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1.

3/29/19 (7-9 PM) Saint Julian Press Reading with Aimee Baker, Elizabeth Cohen, Melissa Studdard, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Terry Lucas, Fred LaMotte, Ron Starbuck and more. Tendue. Portland, Oregon.

3/29/19 (3-5 PM) The Black Earth Institute (About Place Journal) & Cutthroat Journal Truth to Power Reading with Pam Houston, Wang Ping, Patricia Smith, Pam Uschuk, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Melissa Tuckey, Nickole Brown, Heidi Erdrich, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, and more. Ford Food and Drink. Portland, Oregon.

3/28/19 (7:15-8:30 PM) Women’s Caucus Panel with Hafizah Geter, Kelly Forsythe, Lynn Melnick, and Jenn Givhan. E145, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1. Portland, Oregon.

3/28/19 (12-2 PM) Women’s Caucus, Yes Yes books, and Little A Read and Mingle. Co-hosting with Hafizah Geter for readers Susan Bernhard, Tiana Clark, Tanya Olson, and Erika L. Sanchez. Passages Bookstore. Portland, Oregon.

3/28/19 (2-4 PM) Saint Julian Press Book Signing with Leslie Contreras Schwartz and Elizabeth Cohen. AWP Conference Book Fair, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, Saint Julian Press Booth, Exhibit Space 2019. Portland, Oregon.

3/27 (6-9 PM) Women’s Caucus, Little A, and Safer Lit Kick Off Reading. Co-hosting with Hafizah Geter for readers Ashley Toliver, Akil Kumarasamy, Cinelle Barnes, Patricia Smith, and Tayari Jones.  Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Community Room. Portland, Oregon.

3/22 – 3/24 Reel Poetry Film Festival. Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. Houston, Texas.

7/11/18 (7 PM CST)  Nightbloom & Cenote release with Leslie Contreras Schwartz at Brazos Booktore, Houston, Texas.

4/6/18 (6 PM CDT)  Lit Walk with Sandra Allen, Brittany Borghi, Cathy Linh Che, Lyz Lenz, Rebecca Makkai, LaTanya McQueen, and Inara Verzemnieks, at Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, Iowa.

4/7/18 (3 PM CDT)  “A Conversation with Lambda Literary, VIDA, and Kundiman” at Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, Iowa.

3/18/18 (4:00 PM CST)  Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women with Gabrielle Langley, Stacy Nigliazzo, Carolyn Dahl, Jane Chance, Aleenah Spencer, and Chris Wise at Brazos Booktore, Houston, Texas

3/9/18 (10:30 AM EST)  “Complex Narratives: A VIDA Voices & Views Disability Focus Interview” with Lydia X. Z. Brown, Amy King, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, and  L. Lamar Wilson at the Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, Room 22, Tampa, Florida

3/10/18 (4:30 PM EST)  “Not an Island: The Place of Literary Citizenship in the Writer’s Life” with Kelly Forsythe, Hafizah Geter, Gregory Pardlo, Christopher Soto, and Pamela Uschuk at the Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, Room 20 & 21, Tampa, Florida

11/21/17-11/23/17  Why Ecocriticism? forThe Foundation for the Study of Literature and Environment, Sikkim Government College, Tadong in Gangtok, India

5/10/17 (7:00 PM CST)  Poetry Reading and Publishing Talk with David Hicks at Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas

4/29/17 (7:00 PM CST)  April Shindig at Last Concert Cafe, Houston, Texas

4/6/17 (5 – 6:00 PM)  “Weaving a Timeless Tale” Writing Workshop for Bayou City Book Festival at LSC-Tomball Creekside Center, Tomball, Texas

2/9/17 (12:00 PM– 01:15 PM EST)  “VIDA Voices & Views: Exclusive Interview with Joan Naviyuk Kane, Ada Limon & Alicia Ostriker,”Moderated by Sheila McMullin at AWP Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Halls D & E, Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Washington, D.C.

2/10/17 (2 PM – 4 PM)  Truth to Power by Cutthroat with Sarah Browning, Martin Espada, Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Patricia Spears Jones, Marilyn Kallet, William Pitt Root, Metta Sama, Susan Sheid, Pamela Uschuk, Dan Vera, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington, D.C.

2/10/17 (3 PM – 5 PM)  “Kick Ass Writers & Teaching Artists” with Cynthia Atkins, Chen Chen, Roy Guzman, Claudia Cortese, Kaveh Akbar, Vandana Khanna, Richard Peabody, Octavio Quintanilla, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, and Jen Knox at Busboys and Poets (5th & K), Washington D.C.

2/10/17 (6:00:PM– 7:15 PM EST)  “Women’s Caucus Panel” with Hafizah Geter, Amy King, Lynn Melnick, & Ashaki Jackson in Room 206, Washington D.C Convention Center, Level Two, Washington, D.C.

2/11/17 (9:00 AM– 10:15 AM EST)  “The Art and Importance of the Poetry Interview” Panel with Lindsay Garbutt, Kaveh Akbar, Hafizah Geter, and Emilia Phillips in Room 207A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Washington, D.C.

1/15/17 (5PM – 8 PM CST)  “#Writers Resist / Houston: ‘We Too Sing America'” (for PEN America, Calypso Editions, Librotraficante), The Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, Texas 

11/9/16 (6 PM EST)  “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World” Panel with Amy King, Camille Rankine, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Deborah Poe, and Ellease Ebele Oseye at Pace University’s Aniello Bianco Room in New York, New York

6/21/16 (7 PM EST)  Carriage House Poetry Series with Amy King at the Kuran Arts Center in Fanwood, New Jersey

5/7/16 (3 PM CST)  Menilfest Reading & Panel for Gulf Coast with Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Erika Jo Brown, and Benjamin Rybeckon theMenial Museum Lawn, Houston, Texas

4/30/16 (7 PM EST)  Couplet Reading Series with Emilia Phillips, Claudia Cortese, Sharon Dolin, Karen Hildebrand, and Clark Moore at The Delancey in New York City

4/12/16 (6 PM CST)  Favorite Poem Reading at Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Carriage House in Houston, Texas

3/10/16 (7 PM CST)  BookWoman Feature at BookWoman in Austin, Texas

2/20/16 (7 PM CST)  University of Houston-Victoria, Downtown Arts Series, with Ash Smith in Victoria, Texas 

2/11/16 (6 PM EST)   Voices of Poetry at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City

12/15  Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for the Montgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

11/9/15  “Cultivating Creativity” at LSC-University Park in Houston, Texas  November 2015

10/30/15  “Waking the Sleeping Giant” with Durel Forte for Ted-x at Lone Star College-Tomball

10/10/15  Houston Poetry Festival at Willow Street Pump Station in Houston, Texas

9/17/15  Visiting Poet at Whittier College in Whittier, CA

9/20/15  Moonday Poetry Series in Pasadena, CA

9/18/15  Rapp Salon in Santa Monica, CA

5/15/15  Whitman Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for the Montgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

4/16/15  States of Poetry: 3 State Poet Laureates’ Views on Poetry   in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas forLone Star College-Montgomery in The Woodlands, Texas

4/11/15  Tiferet AWP Reading at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, Minnesota 

3/7/15  San Antonio Indie Lit Fest at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas 

2/26/15  Poison Pen Reading Series atPoison Girl Pub in Houston, Texas 

2/25/15  Goodbye, Mexico Release at River Oaks Bookstore in Houston, Texas 

2/3/15  Public Poetry Reading Series at Shepherd-Acres Home Neighborhood Library in Houston, Texas 

1/28/15  Gulf Coast Poets at Webster Barnes & Noble in Houston, Texas

12/14  Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for theMontgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

11/22/14  Tri-Lengua Series Reading at Over the Eight Bar in Brooklyn, New York

5/10/14  Commencement Speaker for Lone Star College-Tomball

5/14  Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for the Montgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

2/28/14  Pirene’s Fountain AWP Reading at East Olive Way Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

2/26/14  Tiferet Journal at Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Washington

2/11/14  Houston Poetry Festival in Houston, Texas

12/13  Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for theMontgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

10/13/13  Bookwoman in Austin, Texas

5/31/13  Four Quartets Reading for St. Julian Press at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas

5/13  Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for the Montgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

2/2/13  Montgomery County Book Festival at The Woodlands College Park High School

4/20/13  Houston Indie Book Festival’s Publishing Panel.

12/12  Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for theMontgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

11/17/12  Teen Creative Writing Workshop at George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library

6/22/12  St. Julian Press at Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas 

5/12  Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for the Montgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

4/26/12  Teen Writing Creative Workshop at George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library

3/19/12  Moonday East at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Los Angeles, California

1/21/12   Montgomery County Teen Book Festival at The Woodlands College Park High School

12/11  Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration: A Gathering of the Poets for theMontgomery Literary Arts Council in Conroe, Texas

11/17/11  Northwest Branch Library in Cypress, Texas

11/3/11  Beat Poetry and Arts Festival at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas

9/18/10  “A Look Inside the Mystery of Creativity” for the Houston Theosophical Society.