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Upcoming Events

Poetry on the Buses Launch Party
Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Monday, November 10, 2014
6:30 pm: Doors open
7:30 pm: Show begins

Over the next year, 120 poems will appear on posters in King County buses, thanks to 4Culture's Poetry on the Buses program. At the launch party, thirty-five other writers and I will present our poems at the Moore Theatre.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
Annual Conference

Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 through
Saturday, April 11, 2015


Word-mania arrives in Minneapolis. I will spend some of my time at the Bookfair tables for Goddard College and Hedgebrook and helping to promote my Goddard students' new literary journal, Duende. I'll also speak on two panels, specific times TBA:

Writers Write, No Matter What: The Role of the Writing
Prompt in the (Elementary to Post-Graduate) Classroom
and Beyond

with Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Sejal Shah and Anastacia Tolbert
Writers of poetry, fiction, essay and memoir will share favorite writing prompts. Each panelist—representing Cave Canem, Kundiman, or Macondo—will offer specific pedagogical strategies and learning outcomes for their writing prompts. Audience members will add a favorite writing prompt to a collective basket and later receive the entire collection via email. We will begin and end this generative session with writing exercises that build upon each other and offer an extensive bibliography.

Byte by Byte: Teaching Creative Writing Online
with Cass Dalglish, Athena Kildegaard, Kate Kysar, LouAnn Muhm
Five writers – who teach online in a public university, a community college AFA, an arts nonprofit, and in private BFA and MFA low-residency programs – offer a candid and guided tour of the online creative writing classroom. Stops on the circuit: cleaning out the correspondence course feel; using technology for web-based fine arts studios and readers’ salons; maintaining trust, establishing community, setting boundaries; and nourishing creativity and improvisation. Ample audience engagement.

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

You can read about past events here.



Pipila


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