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Upcoming Events

Goddard College BFA Faculty Reading
Kellogg-Hubbard Library
135 Main Street
Monpelier, Vermont 05602
evening, exact time TBA
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It will be a delight to share words in Vermont's lovely capitol city, with my Goddard colleagues Michael Leong, Janet Sylvester, Michael Vizsolyi and Arisa White.

Fifth Annual Environmental Writing Workshop
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
17th Ave NE and NE 45th Street
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98103
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

I will join essayist Ana Maria Spagna, and novelist and memoirist Craig Lesley for this annual, all-day workshop curated by geology writer David B. Williams at the (always fascinating) Burke Museum. Registration will open in February 2014. In the meantime, you can read about previous years of this one-day workshop.

Leave a Message at the Beep
Twilight Gallery

4306 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, Washington 98116
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

At a reading curated by my dear friend Anastacia Tolbert, I am honored to join Jourdan Keith, Natasha Marin, Rachel Kessler, Star Murray, Ann Teplick and Amber Flame. (I'll be second in the line-up, between Jourdan and Natasha.) What happens after the beep? Come find out!

"Creative Nonfiction: A Workshop in Two Parts"
Write on the River Writers Conference
Wenatchee, Washington
Saturday, May 16, 2014
All day conference (exact workshop time TBA
In this two-part, three-hour workshop, we'll cover a range of issues essential to creative nonfiction writers: story arc, theme, scene-setting, and how to build your narrative voice. Register for the conference at the Write on the River website .

Please see my "teaching" page for information about my upcoming writing workshops.

You can read about past events here.


Listen to radio interviews about my book, No Word for Welcome:

KPFK, Los Angeles, June 2011 (20 minutes)

"Conversations," Seattle, July 2011 (10 minutes)

Public Radio International's "The World," Boston, August 2011 (8 minutes)

Shelagh Shapiro's "Write the Book," September 2011 (60 minutes)

Iowa Public Radio's "Exchanges," October 2011 (25 minutes)

Texas Public Radio's "Some Books Considered," January 2012
(10 minutes)

Viewpoints, February 2012
(10 minutes)

Listen to audio recordings of two of my readings here:

Seattle University,
January 2009

Jack Straw Writers Program,
Seattle, March 2008

See past events here.

Photo above: The call to assembly
in the village of Pipila, Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000. Photo courtesy of UCIZONI.
Photo to right: Mr. McElroy tells the history of his community, Monkey
Point, on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, 2001.
Mr. McElroy