up & coming

  • AUGUST 11, 2019. PORTLAND, OREGON: 10AM-1PM PT - Tin House (2601 NW Thurman St.) - TIN HOUSE CRAFT INTENSIVE: Linguistic Activism: “Everything Is In The Language We Use.” Applications accepted until July 28.

    This course, which takes its quoted title from Layli Long Soldier, attempts to use etymology and rhetorical form as tools to reclaim language. “It matters what you call a thing,” writes Solmaz Sharif in her book Look. In this course, we will examine the power of naming in cultural rhetoric and discourse. As poets, how can language serve as a form of “criticism of language,” as Adrienne Rich writes? How can one forge new ways of thinking through language, or reclaim ways of being/speaking? We will look at how linguistic innovation and experimentation can lead to new formal modes of writing, and of world-making. By studying poets such as Sharif, Layli Long Soldier, Harryette Mullen, and Cathy Park Hong (to name a few), we will create poems that challenge or expand our uses of language and interrogate form in fresh ways. This is a generative writing workshop, which will also include close readings and discussion. Students will leave the course with written drafts and future prompts/reading lists surrounding linguistic activism.


  • DECEMBER 1, 2017. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: 7-9PM CST - VANDERBILT BARNES & NOBLE (2501 West End Ave) - LYRICAL BREW READING w/ John Harn & Robyn Leigh Lear. Free & open to the public.

  • DECEMBER 14, 2017. ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: 6-8PM EST - NEUTRAL ZONE (310 E. Washington) - 'I WORE MY BLACKEST HAIR' BOOK RELEASE PARTY & TALKBACK. Free & open to the public.

  • DECEMBER 18, 2017. NEW YORK CITY: 7-9PM EST, - ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS' WORKSHOP (112 W 27th St #600) - THE POETICS OF HAUNTING - READING w/ Jane Wong, Christine Hou, Muriel Leung. $5 suggested donation. 

  • MARCH 8, 2018. TAMPA, FLORIDA: 8PM EST - UTK/VANDERBILT JOINT AWP READING @ Fodder and Shine (5910 N Florida Ave) - READING w/ Vanderbilt and UT Knoxville MFA students.

  • MARCH 9, 2018. TAMPA, FLORIDA: 7PM EST - BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW & PUERTO DEL SOL AWP READING @drinkindigo (514 N. Franklin St) - READING w/ Black Warrior Review Contributors.

  • AUGUST 4, 2018. NEW YORK CITY: 6PM EST - WINTER TANGERINE SUMMER WORKSHOP READING @ Poet's House (10 River Terrace) - READING w/ Winter Tangerine August Workshop poets.

  • SEPTEMBER 16, 2018. KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE: 2PM EST - HEXAGON BREWING CO. (1002 Dutch Valley Drive Suite 101) - SUNDRESS READING SERIES w/ Sophie Stid & Lisa Dordal. Free & Open to the public. (CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS.)

  • OCTOBER 18, 2018. SPARKILL, NEW YORK: 1PM EST - VISITING WRITER FEATURE (Writers @ Work Reading/Lecture Series) - St. Thomas Aquinas College; Lougheed Library (125 Route 340. Sparkill, NY 10976). Free & Open to the public.

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2019. MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE: 6:30PM CST. POETRY IN THE BORO Feature. Murfreesboro Little Theater (702 Ewing Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37130). Free & Open to the public.

  • JANUARY 6, 2019. ONLINE: POETS IN PAJAMAS READING SERIES (Sundress Publications). Livestreamed on Facebook.

  • JANUARY 23, 2019. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: 7PM CST - VANDERBILT BARNES & NOBLE (2501 West End Ave) - THIRD MAN BOOKS NIGHT READING w/ John Shakespear, Betsy Phillips, Ciona Rouse, and Dan Hoy. Free & open to the public.

  • MARCH 28, 2019. PORTLAND, OREGON: 2-3PM PT - Tea Chai Té Burnside (616 Burnside) - NEW POETS NEW POEMS (AWP FEATURE). Free & open to the public.

  • MARCH 30, 2019. PORTLAND, OREGON: Doors at 8PM PT - YesYes Books (1614 NE Alberta St) - DARK NOISE COLLECTIVE FISH FRY.

  • APRIL 3, 2019. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: 7pm CST - VANDERBILT BARNES & NOBLE (2501 West End Ave) - FEATURE W/ NASHVILLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. Free & open to the public.

  • APRIL 11, 2019. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: 6:30pm CST - Frist Art Museum (919 Broadway) - EKPHRASTIC POETRY READING (National Poetry Month). Free & open to the public.

  • APRIL 18, 2019. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: 5:30pm CST - Buttrick Hall 101 (Vanderbilt Univ.) - VANDERBILT 2ND YEAR MFA READING(!) / (Graduation!). Come see me and my sweet cohort celebrate getting our MFAs! Free & open to the public.

  • MAY 23, 2019. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: 7:30pm EST - Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene (686 Fulton St) - GREENLIGHT POETRY SALON w/ Jericho Brown, Tommy Pico, Alan Shapiro. Wine reception to follow.

  • JUNE 21, 2019. NEW YORK CITY (BRONX). 6-9PM EST - The DreamYard Project (1085 Washington Ave) - RAD(ICAL) POETRY READING. Free & open to the public.




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