I forgot to mention readings and workshops I’ve participated in during the past school year. I had an amazing time at the Writer’s Block festival in October 2017. It was put on by the wonderful folks of Lousiville Literary Arts in Louisville, Kentucky. I taught a poetry workshop, spoke on the panel “Tell Your Truth: How Writers Interpret Truth,” and reading at the event. There were many wonderful writers giving readings and talks at the event, including Leslie Jamison, author of one of my favorite books of essays, The Empathy Exams.
In March 2018, I read at AWP in Tampa, Florida for a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Iowa Poetry Prize. I read alonside other former prizewinners and poets, Cole Swenson, Samuel Amadon, Timothy Daniel Welch, and Susan Wheeler.
In March 2018, I also traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan to read with the Poets in Print Reading series through the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. I read with the wonderful poet Anne Barngrover and the artist Kristin Cassaletto created this beautiful letterpress broadside of my poem, “Drop.”
In April 2018, I traveled to Cumberland University in Tennessee at the invitation of poet and CU professor Sandee Gertz. While there, I gave a public lecture called “Crossing the Divide: Poetry Across the Disciplines,” gave a public poetry reading, met one-one-one with creative writing students, and taught several guest classes on using research and curiosity to fuel our writing. It was a wonderful few months full of lots of poetry and teaching.