Readings + Events

Upcoming 2019

Oct. 20, Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award reading, McNally Jackson Books, NYC. Introducing current WEX fiction winner Lydia A. Cyrus

Oct. 31, Grove Park Book Club, Charlotte, NC

Past Events

2019

Jan. 3, Visiting Writer, Converse College MFA program. Craft talk and reading

5:30 Jan. 22, Southern Voices Book Club, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Mint Hill branch, Mint Hill, NC

6 p.m. March 7, Poets & Writers “In Celebration of Writers” Annual Dinner (table host) 583 Park Avenue, NYC

6:30 p.m. March 26, Personally Speaking, UNC Charlotte Center City, sponsored by the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

7 p.m. April 17, Queens University Friends of the Library Local Author Series, Park Road Books, Charlotte

11:30 Sept. 9, Foxcroft Book Club, Charlotte, NC

2018

Tues. Feb. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. Fireside Chat, UNC Charlotte Harris Alumni Center, Charlotte, NC

Sun. Feb. 11 from 3-5 p.m.: Bookmarks’ Moveable Feast, Winston-Salem, NC

Tues. Feb. 13 @ 6:30: M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers’ Page Pairings, Greenville, SC. With Alan Michael Parker.

Sat. Feb. 17 @ 2 p.m.: FoxTale Book Shoppe, Woodstock, GA

Tues. Feb. 20 @ 7 p.m.: Charlotte Writers’ Club featured speaker

Sat. Feb. 24 @ 4 p.m.: McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro, NC

Sun March 11: Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus. Three panels:

“The Aftermath of Crime,” with Mike Lawson and Todd Scott, 10-11 a.m.

“Multilayered Plots and Complex Characters,” with Jason Makansi and Brendan Mathews, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Twisted Plots,” with Fiona Davis, Cynthia Swanson, and Mindy Tarquini, 4-5 p.m.

Thurs. March 22: Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA. Panel: “Secrets and Betrayals: Fiction,” 4-5:30 p.m. With Marisa de los Santos and Sonja Yoerg.

Tues. April 10 @ 9:30am: Sensoria: A Celebration of Literature and the Arts,  Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus, Levine Auditorium 2150, Charlotte, NC.

Wed. April 11 @ 12:30: Alabama Author Awards Luncheon, Alabama Library Association Annual Convention, Florence, AL.

Thurs. April 12 @ 7 p.m.: Gertrude & Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Reading with Matthew Baker.

Sat. April 21 @ 3 p.m: Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, AL. Panel: “Southern Suspense.” With Gin Phillips. Haigler House Tent.

Sat. April 28, 1-3 p.m. Main Street Books’ Independent Bookstore Day celebration, Davidson, NC.

Fri. May 4, 6-9 p.m., Celebrating Charlotte Lit’s 2nd Birthday Among the Trees at Wing Haven, Charlotte, NC.

Thurs. June 7, 10 a.m., Writing Workshop at Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library, Charlotte, NC

4 p.m. Sept. 8: In Conversation with Patrice Gopo, author of All the Colors We Will See, Main Street Books, Davidson, NC.

2 p.m. Sept. 12:  On the Same Page Festival, Ashe County Public Library, West Jefferson, NC. Festival runs Sept. 10-15, with a great lineup, with US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Frank X. Walker, Georgann Eubanks, Phillip Lewis, Abigail DeWitt, Jim Minick, Darnell Arnoult, and Tommy Tomlinson

Nov. 2-4, North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference workshop and reading. Charlotte, NC.

  • 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 3: Fiction session, “Dialogue from the Ground Up: Amplifying Place and the Sensory World,” Hilton Charlotte University Place

  • 4:30-5:30 Nov. 3, Faculty Readings

Nov. 17 @ 10 a.m., “Beyond Our Beginnings: A Conversation on Place, Writing, and Community,” with Patrice Gopo, Kathryn Schwille, and Eric Smith. Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library, Francis Auditorium

2017

March 22 4-6 p.m., Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Author Reception, Tattered Cover Book Store LoDo, Denver, CO

April 1 10 a.m.-noon, Short Story Workshop, Charlotte Writers Club, Charlotte, NC.

May 4 @ 7 p.m. Main Street Books Sycamore Release Party, Reading and Signing, Davidson, NC.

May 6 5-9 p.m. Center City Literary Festival, Reading and Signing, Charlotte, NC.

May 10 @ 7 p.m. Park Road Books, Reading and Signing, Charlotte, NC

July 14-16: Writing in Place Conference at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, hosted by Hub City.

September 30 @ 10:30 a.m. Hoover Public Library Write Club Reading, Q&A, and Signing,  Hoover, AL

October 6 @ 7pm: Charlotte Center for Literary Arts (Charlotte Lit). Readings at the Light Factory next to Charlotte Lit. With Patrice Gopo, Rebecca Gummere, Travis Mulhauser, Trace Ramsey, and Eric Smith as part of the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship readings.

Sunday, October 8 at 2pm: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh. With Mark Cox, Angela Davis-Gardner, Patrice Gopo, Elisabeth Corley, Travis Mulhauser, and Trace Ramsey as part of the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship readings.

October 13-15: Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

  • Friday, October 13, 2-3 p.m.: “A Reckoning: Novels of Unresolved Pasts,” with Amy Engel and Christopher Swann. Nashville Public Library Banner Room

  • Friday, October 13, 3-3:30, Signing Colonnade

Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m., Authors in the Round fundraiser, War Memorial Auditorium

October 20 @ 7pm: Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC. With Patrice Gopo, Allison Hutchcraft, Elisabeth Lewis-Corley, Trace Ramsey, and Julie Steinbacher as part of the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship readings.

October 22 @ 2pm: McIntyre’s Books, Pittsboro. With Elisabeth Lewis-Corley, Travis Mulhauser, Trace Ramsey, and Julie Steinbacher as part of the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship readings.

October 27 @ 11 a.m.: A Moveable Feast, Litchfield Books, Pawleys Island, SC.

2016

January 14 @ 7 p.m.: “The Writing Show: The Art of the Short Story” panel, Hub City Writers Project, Spartanburg Public Library, Spartanburg, SC.

March 1 @ 7 p.m.: Prairie Schooner Book Prize Celebration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Great Plains Center Museum. With Jennifer Perrine, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry

March 12-13: Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ. I’ll be on three panels:

  • “The Big Ideas in Short Works” (4-5 p.m. Sat Mar 12, Integrated Learning Center Room 119). With Patrick Madden, moderated by Eve Cran

  • “New and Noteworthy”(10-11:00 am Sun, Mar 13, Integrated Learning Center Room 141). With Carmiel Banasky and Vanessa Blakeslee, moderated by Liza Raiser.

  • “Short Stories” (1-2 pm Sun, Mar 13, Koffler Room 204).With Luis Alberto Urrea and Andrew Milward, moderated by Laura Penny.

For the more details, go to the TFOB schedule and click on my name. (Here is a pdf of it, too). The full festival schedule is here.

March 14-15: Faculty, Tucson Festival of Books Master Workshops.

March 31-April 3: AWP Conference in Los Angeles. Signing books at Prairie Schooner booth (#700) 10:30-11:30 Saturday April 2.

April 21: Reading at Vanderbilt University Gertrude & Harold Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series, Nashville, TN.

June 26-July 9: On Fiction Faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

Oct. 14-16: Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN

Saturday, Oct. 15, 11:30am1:00pm, Room 29, Legislative Plaza: I’ll be on the panel “The Rural, the Urban, and the Search for Home: Navigating Landscapes in Short Stories” with Kathy Flann and Laura Hendrix Ezell.

2015

May 15-June 13: Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, Wyoming.

June 28-July 11: On Fiction Faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

October 1 @ 7 p.m.: Reading at University of North Carolina-Greensboro MFA Program Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, 7 p.m. EUC Maple Room

November 4 @ 7 p.m.: Reading at Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC.

November 13–15: Creative Nonfiction panel at South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual conference, Durham, North Carolina, SAMLA 87 “In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts”

November 19 @ 7 p.m.: Reading at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.

2014

June 29-July 12: On Fiction Faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

Oct. 19: Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award reading, McNally Jackson Books, New York City.

Nov. 7-9: Creative Nonfiction panel at South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual conference, SAMLA 86: “Sustainability and the Humanities.”

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