Upcoming Events

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Annual Conference

Los Angeles Convention Center
& JW Marriott Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 through
Saturday, April 2, 2016

And now, it is time for word-mania to land in the City of Angels! I will spend most of my time at the bookfair -- doing some time at the Journal of the Month (Thursday morning) and the Hedgebrook tables (Thursday afternoon). I will participate on two panels and will read at Macondo's 20th anniversary celebration....

"Translation as a Democratizing Force" (Panel #F292)
with Peter Crume, Cecilia Martinez-Gil, Alison Mandaville and John Oliver Simon
4:30 to 5:45 pm, Friday, April 1, 2016
Room 512, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Three poets, a prose writer, and a scholar, translators all, explore the democratizing power of translation. We consider how translation—with examples from Azerbaijani and indigenous Mexican poets, a poet’s self-translation, ASL/sign interpretation of speech and story in the US and Kenya, and work in multilingual children’s poetry—empowers writers and increases equity in the world of words and ideas, where new possibilities for living together are imagined, shared, and set into motion.

"Writing Other(ed) Places" (Panel #S152)
with Catina Bacote, Jeremy B. Jones, Justin Nobel, and Stephen J. West
10:30 am to 11:45 am, Saturday, April 2, 2016
Room 501, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Five nonfiction writers discuss the pressures and possibilities of writing about marginalized and overlooked places—empty corners of Appalachia, tornado-torn stretches of the Deep South, housing projects in Connecticut, immigrant communities in New Jersey and LA, and beyond. Writing in forms ranging from memoir to journalism, the panelists grapple with how to honestly and artfully render people and places too often stereotyped or simplified or silenced.

Macondo Writers Workshop Reading
Celebrating 20 Years

with Deborah Miranda, Vincent Toro, Luis Rodriguez , Carla Trujillo, Amelia Montes, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Reyna Grande, Sarah A. Chavez , Jose B Gonzalez , Ching-In Chen, Francisco Aragon, Anel Flores and Norma Cantu
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012

Free and open to all!
I am truly thrilled, honored, and amazed to be reading with this star-studded line up! Come here this stunning group of poets and writers. I'll be reading four minutes' worth of the narrative nonfiction work that just appeared in Witness.

Visiting Writer Reading
The Mineral School
Mineral, Washington
7:00 pm, Friday, September 16, 2016

Come on down to the foothills of Mount Tahoma, by the shores of Mineral Lake, for a reading and dessert at Western Washington's newest and coolest writing residency!

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

You can read about past events here.


Listen to several radio interviews:

About editing, translation, and writing:

Shelagh Shapiro's "Write the Book," October 2014 (60 minutes)

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