Readings & Events
November 30, 2023: Writers in Conversation: The Epistolary in Poetry
Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts, hosted virtually (free to attend!)
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
Featuring poets Rachel Mennies and Matthew Olzmann, and moderated by recent Stadler Fellow Sarah Ali, this conversation will explore the epistolary form as it pertains to poetry. The epistolary practice has been around for centuries, but how might it enrich or impact the supposedly solitary task of the poet? What could correspondence, the figure of the messenger, or the expectation of a specific addressee or audience reveal about the writer, community, friendship, communication, and the like?
My reading and Q&A as the 2021-2022 Walton Visiting Writer in Poetry at the University of Arkansas is free to watch here. I have also recently visited virtual creative writing classes at Stanford University, the Sewanee School of Letters, and Smith College, among others, and I have been fortunate to meet with students and deliver lectures/readings at the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Hoping to catch up on a reading from my spring/summer 2021 all-virtual tour for The Naomi Letters? You can stream the readings from City of Asylum Pittsburgh (with Geffrey Davis, Kendra DeColo, and BOA Editions editor Peter Conners), Women and Children First (with Cortney Lamar Charleston and Emily Jungmin Yoon), Writers and Books (with BOA Editions' Genevieve Hartman) and Pilsen Community Bookstore (with Maggie Smith and Ruth Awad). I also read with Tiana Clark at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY and launched the book virtually at White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA. More details at the links!
To schedule a reading or interview, or to otherwise get in touch, let's chat.