Upcoming Events: Poetry Readings, Signings, Workshops
* All events are free and unticketed unless otherwise noted.
The Alabama Book Festival. With Terry Lucas. Montgomery, Alabama, April 22, 2017.
The Virginia Festival of the Book. “Poetry: Time and Memory.” With Gary Geddes and Shara McCallum. New Dominion Bookshop, March 25, 2017.
Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus. Featured reader. October 22, 2016.
Southern Festival of Books, "Senses of Places: Poems of Life and Landscape," with Allison Adele Hedge Coke and
Kristi Maxwell. Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee, October 16, 2016.
The Allatoona Book Festival, "Poetry of Place and the Place of Eco-Poetry in the 21st Century," with Janisse Ray, Christopher Martin, and Sally Stewart Mohney. Acworth, Georgia, October 8, 2016.
The University of Mississippi, The John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series. Oxford, September 20, 2016.
Decatur Book Festival, "Here and Elsewhere," with Emily Leithauser. Decatur City Hall, Decatur, Georgia, September 4, 2016.
Etowah Valley Writers Institute, Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia, July 14, 2016.
Rome Poetry Night, Schroeder's Courtyard, June 23, 2016. With Alicia Wright.
Charis Books, Atlanta, May 19, 2016.
SHORE: Acworth Creative Reading Series, May 2, 2016.
Reading and Book Launch for An Ecology of Elsewhere, Berry College, April 7, 2016.
Blank Pages Conference Keynote Reader, University of South Florida, Tampa, February 25, 2016.
Flannery O'Connor and Other Southern Women Writers Conference, Georgia College & State University,
Milledgeville , September 18, 2015.
Southern Literary Festival, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, March 27, 2015.
"Poetry and the Environment." Panel reading. Words and Worlds: The 29th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities at the University of West Georgia. October 31, 2014.
Georgia Perimeter College: Newton, Dunwoody, Clarkston, and Decatur campuses, Sept. 22-23,
Seat in the Shade Reading Series, The University of Georgia, Athens, June 20, 2014.
Poetry @ Tech, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, February 6, 2014.
Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, October 9, 2013.
West Virginia Writers Workshop, West Virginia University (workshops, lecture on the elegy,
and reading), July 18-21, 2013.
An Evening with Southern Poets, Georgia Center for the Book, April 30, 2013.
Writers in the Sun Reading Series, University of Central Florida, Orlando, April 2, 2013.
Charis Books, Atlanta, February 21, 2013.
Eighth Annual Voices Carry Reading. October 27, 2012. With Collin Kelley, Alice Lovelace, and Cecilia
Woloch. Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book.
Berry College Creative Writing Faculty Reading. October 2, 2012. With Abigail Greenbaum.
Poetry Society of Georgia Reading Series, featured poet. Jepson Center Auditorium, Savannah, Georgia.
April 21, 2011.
Plenary poet at “Talking Peace Corps” keynote presentation,with Director of Peace Corps Aaron
Williams, and poets Susan Rich, Derick Burleson, and Ann Neelon. “Peace Corps and Africa:
Honoring 50 Years” conference at the University of Wisconsin, March 26, 2011.
Shorter University, featured reader, Rome, Georgia, October 28, 2010.
Universiity of Denver Ph.D. Program Alumni Reading, Panel at Association of Writers & Writing Programs
National Conference, Denver, April 8, 2010.
A Reading by Tupelo Poets, 10th Anniversary Celebration of Tupelo Press, Denver, Colorado, April 8th, 2010.
Meacham Writers’ Workshop, featured reader, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, March 26, 2010. Also
conducted poetry workshop for UTC students and Chattanooga community members, March 28, 2010.
University of West Georgia, featured reader, Carrollton, February 24, 2010. Also met with Advanced Creative
Writing, Poetry, class.
Sarabande Reading Series, featured reader, Louisville, Kentucky, January 25, 2010. With Kristi Maxwell.
South Atlantic Modern Language Association 81st Convention, Atlanta, November 6, 2009: Special Session:
Peace Corps Poets and the Modern World.
Georgia Literary Festival, featured reader, Rome, Georgia, October 17, 2009.
RAEIN-Africa (Regional Agricultural and Environment Initiatives Network) International Conference: Innovation Systems for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Livelihoods Development in SADC
Countries Programme Launch. Windhoek, Namibia, June 24, 2009. Read with Namibian Poet
University of Namibia, featured poet, June 23, 2009. Also conducted poetry workshop.
A Cappella Books, Atlanta, Georgia, February 27, 2009. With Karen Salyer McElmurray.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Rome, Georgia, December 6, 2008. Reading for the debut of Biogeography.
South Carolina Poetry Society, featured poet, Charleston, April 11, 2008.
Wheaton College (MA), featured reader, March 24. Also spoke on editing and anthologies in “Public Poetry,
Private Poetry" literature class; met with advanced student poets in workshop.
Berry College Memorial Library, October 12, 2005, with novelist Michael Mejia. Sponsored by Memorial
Library and International Programs.
Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College, featured reader, September 23, 2005.
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs International Conference, Vancouver, Canada. “Mid-American
Review’s 25th Anniversary: A Reading.” Invited reader. April 1, 2005. With Alvin Greenberg, Mary Ann
Samyn, Alex Parsons, and Roy Jacobstein.
University of Memphis, with River City featured authors, March 18, 2005.
Colorado State University, featured poet, February 2, 2005. Also met with graduate creative writing, poetry,
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Chicago; “An Elixir Press Reading,”
March 26, 2004.
Augusta State University Winter Gathering of Writers, featured poet, January 28, 2004.
Southern Women Writers Conference, Berry College, featured reader, October 17, 2003.
Georgia Tech, Barnes & Noble, featured reader, October 10, 2003.
Rome Area Council for the Arts, “College Poetry Night,” September 25, 2003. With Berry students, and with
students and faculty from Floyd and Shorter colleges.
Special Session of the PCA/ACA, with poet Bill Tremblay, sponsored by The Louisiana Review. Popular
Culture/American Culture Association National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2003.
Floyd College Book Forum, discussing February selection, Nomadic Foundations; featured reader, February
19, 2003; also met with creative writing poetry class at Floyd College (now Georgia Highlands College).
Mercer University, featured reader, November 6, 2002.
National Conference of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Washington D.C., June 2002.
Rome Area Council for the Arts, “Women’s Voices,” May 31, 2002.
Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, featured reader, May 9, 2002.
Kennesaw State University, featured reader, April 11, 2002; also led graduate poetry workshop.
Berry College, featured reader (sponsored by Ramifications), April 10, 2002.
Chattanooga Writers’ Guild, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, featured reader, April 8, 2002.
Reading of The Circumference of Arrival. Popular Culture Association National Conference, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, April 2001.
Georgia Poetry Society, at Morehouse College, Atlanta, featured reader, January 26, 2002.
Meachum Writers’ Workshop, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, November 15-17, 2001; also met with
student poets in conference.
Prairie Schooner 75th Anniversary Celebration, October 13, 2001.
Featured reader for “Poetry Monday,” University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, October 8, 2001.
Mercer University, October 4, 2001.
Rome Area Council for the Arts, “School Night: A Poetry Reading,” with Berry students as well as professors
and students from Shorter College and Floyd College, September 27, 2001.
Georgia Book & Arts Festival, September 15, 2001.
Martha Berry Museum, September 2000.
Berry College, March 2000 (with June Spence and Scott Huler).
Louisiana State University at Eunice, featured reader, March 1999.
University of Denver, 1995.
Panels and Additional Professional Presentations
"Peace Corps Writers: Crossing Borders, Spanning Genres." With Peter Chilson, Joanna Luloff, Tyler McMahon, and Mark Brazaitis. Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Washington D.C., February 10, 2017.
Virtual visiting writer to Camille Dungy's Literature of the Earth class. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, October 11, 2016.
"Tendrils and Roots: Place-ing the Personal in the Contemporary Eco-elegy." Moderator and panel member.
With Sherwin Bitsui, Marcella Durand, Brenda Hillman, and Laura-Gray Street. Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, March 31, 2016.
Craft Class and Lecture, “Robyn Schiff's A Woman of Property: Syntax, Line, and the Associative Swerve.” Etowah Valley Writers Institute MFA 2016 Summer Residency, Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia, July 14, 2016.
Etowah Valley Writers' Institute, Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia, July 14, 2016.
"Poetic Possibilities of Deep Travel." Panel participant. Association of Writers & Writing Programs
National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 2012.
“Bringing Africa Home Through Poetry.” Panel organizer and participant. “Peace Corps and
Africa: Honoring 50 Years” conference at the University of Wisconsin, March 26, 2011.
Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series, Berry College. “Towards a Poetics of Place: A Poetry
Reading.” February 15, 2011.
Panel member, “Broadening the Poet’s Vision Through the Peace Corps Experience.” The
Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Washington D.C., February
“The Life You Save May Be Your Own: On Literary Service.” Paper presented as part of panel,
“Poets as Legislators: Bearing Visions in Private and in Public,” at the Association of Writers
& Writing Programs National Conference, Denver, Colorado, April 9, 2010.
Readings, discussions, book signings, at Georgia libraries (Cave Springs, Cedartown, Bremen), for
Grassroots Arts Grant, Georgia Council for the Arts grant. June 2007.
Featured speaker, “The Poetry of Deep Travel.” The Martha Berry Museum at Oak Hill, Berry
College, Mount Berry, Georgia, June 21, 2007.
Chair and presenter, “Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad: A Reading.” The Association of
Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1, 2007.
Chair, “A Celebration of Southern Women Writers: A Reading.” The Association of
Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1, 2007.
“Poetry from the Peace Corps Experience.” Panel participant, National Conference of Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers, Washington D.C., June 2002.
“Writing Africa and the Poetry of Deep Travel.” The Association of Writers & Writing Programs National
Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2002.
Chair, "Original Poetry." Popular Culture Association National Conference, Philadelphia, April 2001.
"The 'Penitential Island': The Question of Liberation in a Newly Independent Nation in Earl Lovelace's
Trinidadian Novels The Schoolmaster and Salt." Paper presented at the Association of Third
World Studies National Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, November 1999.
"The Politics of Poetics: Creative Writing Programs and the Double Canon of Contemporary Poetry."
Paper presented at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Albany, April
Chair, "Crossing Boundaries in the Creative Writing Workshop: Canon, History, Genre."
Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, Albany, April 1999.
"'Beginning from Scratch': Bessie Head's When Rain Clouds Gather as Development Plan." Paper
presented at the Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia Southern
University, March 1999.
Chair, “Social Relations in Africa.” Association of Third World Studies National Conference, Durham,
North Carolina, October 1998.
"The Poetry of Reconciliation: The Role of Post-Apartheid Poetry in the Construction of a New South
Africa." Paper presented at the Association of Third World Studies National Conference, Durham,
North Carolina, October 1998.
“Reconfiguring the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ in the New South Africa: the Poetry of Mongane Wally Serote as
Reconciliator.” Paper presented at the Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia
Southern University, May 1998.
“The Military and the Making of Postcolonial Identity in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy and Manuel Rui’s Yes,
Comrade!” Paper presented at the Association of Third World Studies National Conference, Hartford,
Connecticut, October 1997. Published in the ATWS 1997 Conference Proceedings.
“Evolution of a New World: Bessie Head’s Maru as Communal Bildungsroman.” Paper presented at the
Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Georgia Southern University, April 1997.
"The Poetry of a Changed World: American Modernist and Chilean Inter-war Poetry." Paper presented
at the Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association Conference, October 1994.
“The Public I: The Poetry of Mongane Wally Serote.” Paper presented at the University of Wyoming
Conference on English, June 1994.
“Crossing the Wilderness: Seventeenth and Nineteenth-Century Ideas of Nature and the Wilderness in Lydia
Maria Child's Hobomok and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Paper presented at the University
“Clifford Geertz’s ‘Notes on the Balinese Cockfight’ and Frank Hamilton Cushing’s ‘My Adventures in Zuni’:
Reading and Writing a Culture.” Paper presented at the Emory University Cultural Studies Conference,