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Selected Previous Readings

Jack Straw Writers Program 20th Anniversary Reading
Jack Straw Foundation
Seattle, Washington
7:00 pm, Friday, November 19, 2016

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.

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

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
Saturday, April 2, 2016
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.

Reading with Pam Houston
Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden
Monday, July 13, 2015
7:00 pm
Port Townsend Writers' Conference
Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, Washington
What a thrilld to read with the amazing Pam Houston at my all-time favorite writers' conference. The Port Townsend Writers Conference is a ten-day wonder of literary learning, celebration, and community.

Poetry on Buses Roadshow: Reading and Workshop
with John Gorski, Laraine Hong, and Michelle Peñaloza
Bellevue Public Library
1111 - 110th Avenue NE
Belleveue, Washington
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
"Let’s interrogate, complicate and celebrate “home” – with poetry, and at the library." I will read (very briefly) with several other "Poetry on Buses" participants and then Michelle Peñaloza will lead a poetry workshop. Free and open to all!

Reading: "Talking Pages"
Historic Shell Station
232 Front Street
Issaquah, Washington
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I will be sharing the stage withTheo Nestoras the feadtured reader for this nonfiction edition of Eastside Writes' monthly "Talking Pages" open mic.

Reading with Maggie Messitt, in conversation with Kristen Young
Elliott Bay Book Company
Capitol Hill neighborhood
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

It's always an honor and a delight to take the podium at my beloved hometown Elliott Bay Book Company! I read at Elliiott Bay for the fourth time with brilliant nonfiction writer Maggie Messitt, as she debuted her new book The Rainy Season. A writer from my neighborhood, Kristen Millares Young, expertly faciliated our post-reading conversation.

Poetry Reading with Janet Sylvester, Michael Vizsolyi and Arisa White
Poem City Celebration
Kellogg-Hubbard Public Library
135 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont
Thursday, April 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm
For the third year in a row, I celebrated National Poetry Month by reading poetry translations with my poet-colleagues from Goddard College's BFA program.

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 and transit stations, thanks to 4Culture's Poetry on the Buses program. One of mine will be one of them. The launch party, where I read my poem along with thirty-five other poetry-creators from all over King County, was what I can only describe as a transformative event. A packed house of 850 cheering and giving a standing ovation for poetry!

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, Jourdan Keith, Natasha Marin, Rachel Kessler, Star Murray, and Ann Teplick and I moved the crowd from laughter to tears and back again and again.

Goddard College BFA Faculty Reading
Kellogg-Hubbard Library
135 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It was a delight to share my translations (of poems by Irma Pineda and José Alfredo Escobar Martínez) and one poem of my own, in the gorgeous Carnegie library of Vermont's capitol city, with my Goddard colleagues Michael Leong, Janet Sylvester, Michael Vizsolyi and Arisa White.

Anthology Release Party:
The Burden of LIght: Poems Illness and Loss
Vermilion Art Gallery and Bar

1508 11th Ave
Seattle, Washington 98122
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 pm

I was honored to read my first-ever published poem at this anthology release party, along with poets Kelly Davio, Carolyne Wright, and others. Deep thanks to anthology editor Tanya Chernov.

Reading with David Guterson and Matthew Dickman
2013-2014 Literary Series
Richard Hugo House
1634 - 11th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
Friday, March 14, 2014

7:00 pm
The Hugo House Literary Series is the stuff of legend in the Emerald City. Some of the most powerful readings I've ever attended have been part of this series, in which authors produce commissioned work on an assigned theme. Oh, some of the moments I've witnessed there.... Randall Kenan, sweat pouring down his face, reading a brilliant story he had reconstructed by hand (after his computer died and took his story with it) while on the plane to Seattle. Brian Turner getting all of us in the audience to recite the names of dead Iraqi civilians. Richard Rodriguez presenting an elegant box-within-a-box essay. Aimee Bender blushing as she read about public sex. Sherman Alexie flirting up a particularly good storm. On March 14, 2014 it was my turn. Matthew, David and I all read prose and poetry about death and loss (that managed to be both morbid and humorous) on our assigned topic: "Family Ties."

Hedgebrook Hauntings:
Stories of Mothers and Other Ghosts
Lit Crawl - Seattle
The Project Room
1315 East Pine Street
Seattle, Washington 98122
Thursday, October 24, 2013

8:00 to 8:45 pm
I read with my very dear friends Anastacia Tolbert and Storme Webber about ghostly visitations as part of the second annual Lit Crawl. Many thanks to Michelle Goodman for inviting us, Hedgebrook for MCing, the Project Room for hosting, and Richard Hugo House for a rocking after-party.

Haybarn Literary Arts Festival
Haybarn Theatre
Goddard College
Plainfield, Vermont
Monday and Tuesday, October 7 and 8, 2013

all day!
It was a beautiful adventure to collaborate with my colleagues, poets Michael Leong, Janet Sylvester, Michael Vizsolyi, and Arisa White, interdisciplinary artist Pam Booker, composer Otto Muller, and several of Goddard's undergraduate students on this two-day literary festival. Cornelius Eady's keynote was a real inspiration. Many thanks to those within and beyond the Goddard community who attended.

Panel Discussion: Measures of Success: What Publishing Your Work Really Means
Monday, October 7, 2013
4:20 pm to 5:50 pm
Wendy Call, Michael Leong, and Arisa White.

Goddard Student-Faculty Reading
Monday, October 7, 2013
7:30 pm

Tilled Paths Through Wilds of Thought: A Reading
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Visitor Center
54 Elm Street
Woodstock, Vermont

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 pm
Unfortunately, t his event was cancelled, due to the federal government shut-down.

Made in America: Reading / Discussion
Acadia National Park
Eliot Hall
SERC (Schoodic Education and Resource Center) Institute
64 Acadia Drive, Schoodic Point
Winter Harbor, Maine

Thursday, August 29, 2013
7:00 pm
When you have a sense of place, what exactly do you have? I'll trace the concept back through two centuries and then discuss how it has inspired "Made in America." Join me for a discussion of my work as Artist in Residence at five national parks: Acadia, Everglades, Joshua Tree, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, and North Cascades. This event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Reading
MFA Program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts

Captain Whidbey Inn
Ebey's Landing National Historic Preserve
2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road
Coupeville, Washington
Sunday, August 11, 2013

7:00 pm
As a guest writer at the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA program, I will honored to be part of the faculty reading for their fall 2013 residency. (What a gift to return to the island where I've done some of my best writing over the last decade, thanks to Hedgebrook!) I enjoyed every minute of my three days at the Captain Whidbey Inn, from talking about my journal rituals, to tearing up magazines in search of writing prompts, to jumping off the dock into chilly Penn Cove!

Chuckanut Writers Conference
Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, Washington

4:15 pm to 5:45 pm, Friday, June 21, 2013
Faculty Reading
Such an honor to share the stage with writers I so admire, including Waverly Fitzgerald, Kathleen Flenniken, Frances McCue, Naseem Rakha, Natalie Serber, Garth Stein and Jennie Shortridge.

Goddard Faculty Poetry Reading at Poetry City
with Janet Sylvester
Goddard Art Gallery
54 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont
7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

At my first residency on the faculty of the Goddard College BFA in Creative Writing, I was honored to read some of my poetry translations with esteemed poet (and BFA Program Director) Janet Sylvester, in a celebration of National Poetry Month.

Words & Notes Across Borders
Artist in Residence Trilingual Poetry Reading
with poet Irma Pineda
with original music inspired by the poems, from
Juan Carlos Sérbulo, Jacinta Fuentes & Miho Takekawa
Jack Straw Studios
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
7:00 pm
For the past two years I've been working on translations (Spanish to English) of delicious poems by the Zapotec-Mexican-Istmeña poet Irma Pineda. I am honored that Irma came to Seattle to record a trilingual CD of her work with me, thanks to a generous Artist Support Grant from the Jack Straw Foundation. Irma's time in the Northwest included this Zapotec-Spanish-English poetry reading, an isthmus-style pachanga thanks to El Tío in Burien, and a four-day residency at the Whiteley Center of the University of Washington..

Joshua Tree National Park
Artist in Residence Presentation
Reading from No Word for Welcome &
Tilled Paths Through Wilds of Thought
Red Arrow Gallery
61597 29 Palms Highway
Joshua Tree,
California 92252
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

6:30 pm
As part of my 2012 residency at Southern California's Joshua Tree National Park, I gave a reading from No Word for Welcome and Tilled Paths Through Wilds of Thought at a lovely Joshua Tree gallery. Many thanks to Rhonda Lee Coleman and JTNP volunteers for making the event possible!

Writing Our Parks / Our Parks Writing Us
Arts Crush Featured Event

Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98118

Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 pm

My dear, most gifted poet-friends Judith Roche and Storme Webber, along with my brilliant former student Jinhee Kim, joined me to share poetry and prose about our parklands -- both local and national. I read from my new "essay chapbook," Tilled Paths Through Wilds of Thought and gave away 35 copies of it. Many thanks to 4Culture, ArtsCrush and the Seattle CityArtist Program for making this event possible (and free!). And to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and K2 Family Foundation for making the chapbook possible.

Book Discussion: Rural Villages Face the Global Economy
Pangea Presentation

Nagomi Tea House
(former Uwajimaya building)
519 Sixth Avenue South
International District
Seattle, Washington
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
6:30 pm reception, 7:00 pm presentation

Local organization Pangea: Giving for Global Change sponsors this discussion of No Word for Welcome. I offered a new-to-Seattle reading and slideshow and then participated in a roundtable discussion about the issues raised in the book. It was one of the richest discussions I've had about the issues of No Word for Welcome. Great job, Pangea!

"Artists, Writers, and Our National Parks"
Short Takes on Capturing Nature

A Burke Museum Event
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street
Seattle, Washington 98105
Monday, October 15, 2012
7:00 pm

Along with nine others, I had six minutes and twenty images to talk about "the enduring relationship between the human imagination and the natural world." My subject: how artists and writers have shaped our national park system. (Indeed, how we might not have a national park system without them.) Many thanks to the Burke and my co-presenters for such a delightful evening.

Osler Literary Roundtable
"Lunch & Literature" Series

Duke University Medical Center Health Arts Network
Room 1993
Duke Clinic
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina 27710

Friday, October 12, 2012
noon to 1:00 pm

I returned to the medical center where I spent far too much time in 2006, while caring for my mother, to talk about something very different: No Word for Welcome. (With a bit about an essay inspired by my experiences at DUMC's oncology center.) I'm grateful to my Bennington friend and classmate Sharon Swanson for inviting me to this guest author series.

Reading to Celebrate Jack Straw's Birthday
Jack Straw 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jack Straw Studios
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98105

11:15 to 11:30 am, Saturday, June 16, 2012
I am honored to be part of the twenty-five hour (yes, really!) marathon of performances to celebrate this Seattle institution's golden anniversary. The party goes from 7:00 pm on Friday to 8:00 pm on Saturday. As a 2008 Jack Straw writer and 2011 Artist Fellow, I'm excited to be sharing the stage with some fabulous writer-pals, including Elizabeth Austen, Kathleen Flenniken, Felicia Gonzalez, Donna Miscolta, Susan Rich, Judith Roche, and others.

National Book Prize Reading from No Word for Welcome
The Muse and the Marketplace Conference
presented by Grub Street
Saturday, May 5, 2012
8:15 pm

Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Thanks to the great honor of having won Grub Street's 2011 National Book Prize for Nonfiction, I gave a reading (Saturday evening) with Fiction Prize Winner Eileen Pollack and was honored with a lovely introduction by writer Michelle Seaton, at Grub Street's 2012 writers' conference.
Many thanks to all who attended and made is such a special evening -- especially several friends who traveled several hours to be there.

Reading, Slideshow, and Discussion
CHICLE Language Institute
101 East Weaver Street, Suite G-1, 3rd Floor
Carrboro, North Carolina 27510
Monday, March 19, 2012
7:00 pm

Many thanks to this language and cultural center for hosting the first No Word for Welcome event in North Carolina. It was an honor to share the book with my family, some of my mother's dearest friends, and a friend from college I'd not seen in 15 years!

Visiting Writer Series
University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh
Reeve Memorial Union, Ballroom A
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Monday, February 27, 2012
7:30 pm

Many thanks to the eight students, faculty, staff, and community members who came out for this reading/slideshow/discussion, Thanks also to the enthusiastic faculty and staff of the four classes I visited: a graduate nonfiction writing class that uses both Telling True Stories and No Word for Welcome as class texts; a Latin American Studies class focused on sustainability; a Latin American literature class to whom I talked about translating Irma Pineda's poetry; and a Native American Literature class that engaged in a spirited discussion of muxe culture. Many thanks to my host Douglas Haynes, whose socially engaged writing about Nicaragua I much admire.

Visiting Writer Series at Pacific Lutheran University
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Writer's Life Talk at 3:30 pm
Garfield Book Company
208 S Garfield Street
Tacoma, Washington 98444
Reading from No Word for Welcome at 7:00 pm
PLU University Center
Tacoma, Washington 98447

In the fall of 2008, I taught my first semester of university classes at PLU. Most of my students were also in their first semester. In Spring 2012 those students will graduate from PLU--so I was particularly thrilled to be part of PLU's Visiting Writer Series this spring. I am grateful to my former Writing 101 student Clayton Haselwood for a delightful introduction, my former star Free-Lance Writing student Jinhee Kim for a beautiful gift, and my former colleagues for making me feel so welcome.

Presentación del Libro: No Word for Welcome
Casa de la Cultura
Juchitán, Istmo de Tehuantepec
Oaxaca, México
viernes, 25 de noviembre de 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
6:00 de la tarde

Presenté fragmentos de mi libro en español, con imágenes de la bella región. Escritores juchitecos Gerardo Valdivieso y Victor Cata ofrecieron comentarios apasionados y lindos. Mi querida amiga, la poeta Irma Pineda, organizó y moderó con la elegancia que siempre muestra. Mis agradecimientos a todos ellos y los coordinadores de la magnífica Casa de la Cultura, Yolanda Gómez y Vidal Candelaria.
I read the introduction of of my book (translated to Spanish by María Victoria and Lori Berenson), and showed images of the beautiful isthmus region. Juchiteco writers Juchiteco writers Gerardo Valdivieso and Victor Cata offered impassioned, lovely commentary. My dear friend, poet Irma Pineda, organized and moderated the event in typically elegant fashion. My deep thnks to the coordinators of the magnificent Casa de la Cultura, Yolanda Gómez and Vidal Candelaria.

Presentación del Libro: No Word for Welcome
Estación del Ferrocarril
Matías Romero, Istmo de Tehuantepec
Oaxaca, México
auspiciado por la UCIZONI
jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
5:00 de la tarde

Fue un gran honor presentar la introducción de No Word for Welcome (en español) en la cuidad que dio vida al libro, en en mero lugar que es el corazón de la historia que cuenta el libro: el viejo estación del ferrocarril. Mi amiga Lucía Antonio dio la bienvenida, Carlos Beas Torres presentó un comentario muy inspirador, y Karina Martínez organizó todo el evento. Muchos amigos y vecinos míos, y compañero/as de la UCIZONI, llenaron el espacio historico -- y también mi corazón.
It was a great honor to read the introduction of No Word for Welcome (in Spanish) in the town that gave life to the book, in the very space that is the heart of the story the book tells: the old railroad station. My friend Lucía Antonio gave the welcome, Carlos Beas Torres presented deeply inspired commentary on the book, and Karina Martínez organized the entire event. Many friends and former neighbors, and members of UCIZONI, filled the historic space -- and also filled my heart.

Visiting Writer Diversity Series: Sustainable Communities
Reading / Lectura Bilingue
Yakima Valley Community College
Parker Building
South 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard
Yakima, Washington 98902
Thursday, November 3, 2011
7:00 pm

Presenté fragmentos de mi libro en inglés y en español y también mis traducciones de poesía istmeña.
At this bilingual reading, I presented excerpts of No Word for Welcome in both English and Spanish, as well as translations of poetry from Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Thanks to the Diversity Series at YVCC for a wonderful morning talking to seventy YVCC students and a very rich discussion with the audience of nearly one hundred. The Yakima Herald published a nice article.

Words • Images • Stories: No Word for Welcome
Distinguished Visiting Writer Reading
Cornell College
Shaw Lounge, Campus Commons
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

7:00 pm
During my one-month teaching residency at this lovely college on a hill, where students take one class at a time, I gave one reading on campus, to a delightful mix of students, faculty, and community members.

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Friends of the Library Lecture Series
Moffett Auditorium, Room 050
Mudd Library
Oberlin College
Oberlin, Ohio
Friday, September 30, 2011
4:30 pm

Twenty-one years (is that possible?) after graduating from Oberlin with a degree in biology--never having taken a single class in creative writing, or even English--I returned to my alma mater for a reading. A true testament to the college's commitment to the liberal arts: I have my former biology research advisor Roger Laushman to thank for this opportunity. And I'm just as grateful to Ray English, Director of Libraries, for hosting me! See a video of the reading here.

Artist in Residence Final Reading
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Carriage Barn Visitor Center
54 Elm Street
Woodstock, Vermont
Sunday, September 25, 2011

1:00 to 2:00 pm
The finale for my two-month residency at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, made possible by the K2 Family Foundation and 4Culture, was a reading at the park's Fall Forest Festival, in the park's gorgeous horse-stable-turned-visitor-center.

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
with music by Sergio Reyes
Encuentro 5
UNITE-HERE Building, 33 Harrison Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Thursday, September 8, 2011
6:30 pm

It was a true joy to return to my old stomping grounds, where the idea of No Word for Welcome was nurtured for so many years, by so many people. This event was sponsored and hosted by an organization founded by people I deeply admire: Encuentro5. We enjoyed an inspirational and educational set of music by Sergio Reyes (whose life's work has inspired me for more than half of my life) and ended with a book-signing and reunion with old and dear friends.

Reading and Slideshow: No Word for Welcome
Forest Education Center
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091
Friday, August 19, 2011
8:30 to 9:15 am

We talked about conservation and community organizing from Vermont to southern Mexico.. (Yes, that really was AM -- park rangers have to do their meetings early so they can talk to park visitors all day!)

Reading, Slideshow, Discussion: No Word for Welcome
Shiretown Books
9 Central Street
Woodstock, Vermont 05091
Friday, August 5, 2011
7:00 pm

For the two months that I'm Writer in Residence at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (August and September 2011), this is my local bookstore. It's a very happy coincidence that Shiretown Books specializes in the core issues of No Word for Welcome: sustainability, education, and local economies.

Words & Images: Reading from No Word for Welcome
Port Townsend Writers' Conference at Centrum
Wheeler Theater, Fort Worden State Park
Port Townsend, Washington

Friday, July 22, 2011
7:30 pm
It was a thrill to share the stage with poet Gary Copeland Lilley, and to be introduced by my grad school mentor Bob Shacochis on the stage of Fort Worden's historic Wheeler Theater. Every July, the Reading Series of the Port Townsend Writers' Conference brings a dozen writers to the Wheeler stage; the readings are free and open to all.

Welcome Dance / Book Release Party
for No Word for Welcome and
When the de la Cruz Family Danced

Vermillion Art Gallery and Wine Bar
1508 11th Avenue
Capitol Hill (one block south of Richard Hugo House)
Seattle, Washington 98122

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
6:30 pm festivities began

My dear friend, novelist Donna Miscolta, and I celebrated the June releases of our books with about 125 of our dear friends. The duo Mochima provided lovely music. Vermillion hosted us grandly. The event was sponsored by La Sala, an organization close to my heart.

Words • Images • Stories: No Word for Welcome
Guelaguetza Restaurant
3014 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90006
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
7:00 pm

The Los Angeles premiere of No Word for Welcome -- in the city that is home to several hundred thousand Oaxacans! The delightful independent bookstore Skylight Books managed book sales for this event. Many thanks to Betto Arcos for making this event possible, the López family for offering their beautiful restaurant, and the amazing grassroots organization FIOB (Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales) for helping to get the word out! Listen to an interview that I did the following morning at KPFK radio.

Distinguished Visiting Writer Reading
Cornell College
Hedges Room, The Commons
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314
Thursday, April 14, 2011

7:00 pm
In October I will teach "Legend and Lyric in Linn County" at Cornell College, as their 2011 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. In April, In visited Shannon Reed's Humanities and Writing course "Exiles, Immigrants, and Nationalists" and gave an evening reading from No Word for Welcome with Anne Sanow, Cornell's 2012 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Fiction.

Roslyn Reading Series
Marko's Tavern

106 North 1st Street
Roslyn, Washington, 98941
Saturday, February 12, 2011
7:00 to 8:30 pm

As part of a reading series organized by novelist Ellie Belew, I read from my essays about grief and loss. The last time I watched television (of my own volition) was the last episode of "Northern Exposure." For that reason, I was thrilled to be part of this reading series, in the town where that show was filmed, with fellow Hugo House Writer in Residence alum Ed Skoog.

"Writing Grief and Loss at Harborview"
Friday, July 16, 2010
Noon to 12:45 pm
I read from excerpts from my writing about patients at Harborview, as well as ekphrastic short-shorts created by Harborview patients in the writers' workshops I led on the inpatient psychiatric unit. Many thanks to all who came to discuss my six weeks as Writer in Residence at Harborview Medical Center. (Read more about my residency in the Center's staff newsletter, STAT, here.)
Maleng Building Conference Room (MB 111/112)
Norm Maleng Building
Harborview Medical Center
At the corner of Ninth Avenue and Jefferson Street
First Hill, Seattle
Sponsored by 4Culture and the Seattle CityArtist Program, with deep thanks to the Harborview Art Program and program director Peggy Weiss.

Sustainability • Sostenibilidad
a photographic & literary response
una respuesta literaria & fotográfica

Exhibit ran May 27 through July 11, 2009
I co-curated (along with Catalina Cantú) the literary portion of this La Sala gallery show, featuring a dozen local writers, including Felicia Gonzalez, Gabriella Guttiérez y Muhs, Donna Miscolta, Juan Carlos Reyes, and María Victoria. Heather Dwyer of 4Culture writes: "Curators Marita Holdaway, Wendy Call and Catalina Cantú have successfully meshed this body of work into a fascinating exhibition that is sure to speak to all of us about our individual and collective place in our communities - and on this planet."
Benham Gallery
1216 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-2480
Thanks to La Sala, Benham Gallery, the Cervantes Institute, the Seattle Office of the Latino Community Fund, and the Latin American Studies Program of the University of Washington.

Hedgebrook Reading
Literary Landscapes Reading Series
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
6:30 pm
I am curating this reading, with my performance group comrades (and Friends-of-Hedgebrook) Byron Au Yong, Laura González, Anastacia Tolbert and Storme Webber.
in the Hedgebrook Longhouse
2197 Millman Road
Langley, WA 98260
Many thanks to all who attended, and to Byron, Laura, Anastacia and Storme for sharing their poems, their songs, their music, and their hearts. Rarely is a reading magical. This one was. You can read the anagram poems I wrote for my writer-artist-comrades here.

Beyond One Language / Más Allá de Una Lengua
reading • theater • music

Friday, June 12, 2009
7:00 to 9:00 pm
This final event in the year-long "Beyond One Language" series features Spanish-language theater, Chilean food, and Mapuche poetry and music. The event is FREE with dinner for sale. Todos están bienvenidos.
South Seattle Community College
West Seattle Campus, Olympic Hall
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA
on bus routes 125 and 128
This is the last in a series of four bilingual English-Spanish readings I helped organize with fiction writers María de Lourdes Victoria and Paola Casla, and poets Laura González and Eugenia Toledo-Keyser.
Thanks to 4Culture and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for sponsoring this series.

First Annual Creative Writing Faculty Reading
Seattle University

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
6:00 to 9:00 pm
I will be reading (briefly) from a work-in-progress, with my colleagues Sharon Cumberland, Alice Marshall, Edwin Weihe and others.
LeRoux Room, First Floor, University Center
(on E. James Way, between Broadway and 12th Ave)
Seattle University Campus
Seattle. WA, 98122
I'm very grateful to Sharon Cumberland for organizing this reading and honored to have been a part of it.

"Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence" Reading
for Seattle University's Creative Writing Program

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
4:00 to 6:00 pm
I presented an excerpt from my book manuscript, No Word for Welcome, along with my photographs. I also read four of my poem translations (by Mexican indigenous poets who write in Zapotec and translate their work into Spanish).
Book signing and reception followed the reading.
Wyckoff Auditorium
Bannan Engineering Building
(10th Avenue East and East Columbia Street)
on the Seattle University campus
Seattle, WA 98122
Hear a podcast of the event.
Many thanks to Seattle University's English Department and Creative Writing Program, and especially to Dr. Sharon Cumberland, for hosting this event.

Reading: 2008 Jack Straw Writers
I shared a shortened version of my essay, "My Life in Books, in a Place Without Them." We also heard poetry by my colleague at Seattle University, Sharon Cumberland, and from Michael Spence and Kevin Craft. And on the prose side, we enjoyed a thoughtful essay by my Hugo House / Artist Trust colleague Waverly Fitzgerald, along with smart (sometimes hilarious) memoir by my buddies JD Munro, Janna Cawrse Esarey, and Ghida Sinno.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Central Library
Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104
Many thanks to Judith Roche, the Writers Series Curator, and Chris Higashi, of the Seattle Public Library, for making this reading possible.

Beyond One Language / Más Allá de Una Lengua
reading • writing workshop • book exchange

Friday, September 26, 2008
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Several local writers who work in Spanish will share their work; I will share English translations (some by me, some by others) of their words. I will also teach a half-hour bilingual English/Spanish nonfiction writing workshop. Reading and music begin at 7:15 pm. Spanish-language book-exchange all evening! The event is FREE with dinner for sale. Todos están bienvenidos.
This was the first in a series of four bilingual English-Spanish readings I am co-organizing with fiction writer María de Lourdes Victoria and poets Laura González and Eugenia Toledo-Keyser.
Thanks to 4Culture and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for sponsoring this series.

NewHolly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98118

"So Long, So Short... a Goodbye Reading & Celebration"
with friends Shelley Gillespie, Laura González &
Storme Webber

Thursday, June 12, 2008
7:00 pm
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
I bid a fond farewell to Richard Hugo House, after two years as Writer in Residence, with three of the 105 writers I worked with during my office hours. Shelley Gillespie showed her collages and read her nonfiction prose poems. Storme Webber performed portions of her memoir. Laura González read her poems in Spanish and I read my English translations of them. I also read my translations of poems by two Zapotec poets from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico, and debuted the introduction to my book in progress,
No Word for Welcome
, illustrated by my photographs.

Jack Straw May Reading Series
with the poets Merna Hecht and Kevin Craft, and fellow prose writer (& Hedgebrook alum) Jennifer Munro

Thursday, May 15, 2008
7:30 pm
Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
See the essay I read here.
Listen here to a podcast of my reading, prefaced by an excerpt from an interview with me by the curator of the Writers Program for 2008, Judith Roche.

Reading & Discussion: "Writers at Work"
Hedgebrook & the Creative Process
with Anjali Banerjee and Rachel Chapman
Hosted by the
American Association of University Women and co-sponsored by Watermark Book Company
Saturday, February 23, 2008
10:00 am
Island View Elementary School
2501 J Avenue
Anacortes, Washington 98221

Spanglish Potluck at Cafe Rozella
una noche de palabras y música
an evening of words & music
with Maria de Lourdes Victoria
with music by Charanga Danzón, led by Irene Mitri
Co-sponsored by Hedgebrook & Supported by 4Culture
part of Hedgebrook's Women Authoring Change series

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
7:00 pm
Café Rozella
9434 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, Washington 98106
Muchísimas gracias a las 80 personas que vinieron.
Many thanks to the 80 people who joined us!

Richard Hugo House Teachers' Reading
with my colleagues Paul Nelson, Daniel Hintzsche, Judith Roche, Michael Dylan Welch, Ann Spiers,
and fellow Hugo House writer-in-residence Cody Walker

Tuesday, January 8, 2008
6:30 pm
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

Writers in the Schools: A Reading
with Christa Bell, Matt Gano, Karen Finneyfrock, Rachel Kessler, Judith Roche & Cody Walker
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
7:00 pm
Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

Women Authoring Change: Literary Landscapes
Día de los Muertos Reading
with Anjali Banerjee, Lana Ayers, and Susan Rich
Hedgebrook Retreat on Whidbey Island

Saturday, October 27, 2007
7:00 pm
Hedgebrook Retreat
2917 Millman Road
Langley, Washington 98260
See Anjali Banerjee's blog for a brief recap of this lovely event.

"We Read Banned Books! A Celebration of Banned and Challenged Literature"
The Information School, University of Washington
with Charles R. Cross, Ellen Forney, Cody Walker & others
Thursday, October 4, 2007
6:30 pm
Part of a national event organized by the American Library Association.
Room 220, Odegaard Undergraduate Library
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98105

Fellows Reading
with Henrietta Goodman and Natalie Serber
Fishtrap Summer Gathering

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
7:30 pm
Wallowa Lake Camp & Retreat Center
Enterprise, Oregon



Many thanks to the grassroots social change organizations that helped make the 2011-2012 events for No Word for Welcome possible:

Casa de la Cultura
Juchitán, Oaxaca

Encuentro 5

Guild Literary Complex

Whidbey Island / Seattle

Institute for Policy Studies
Washington, DC

International Development Exchange (IDEX)
San Francisco

One Equal Heart



Minnesota Society of Conservation Biology

Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

YVCC Diversity Series
Yakima, Washington


Listen to podcasts of two of my readings here:

Seattle University,
January 2009

Jack Straw Writers Program,
Seattle, March 2008

Photos: Picasso Museum, Barcelona, 2005