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I’ve been named the Barbara Friedman Poet Laureate of LaPorte County!! Very excited to help promote poetry and community in the year ahead.

Reading for the Northwest Indiana Women in Poetry Creative Innovations Week, April 17 at Michigan City Library. Dinner first at 5:30p. Free!

My poem “Carnelivarium” won the Poetry Prize for the Australian Anthology “Confidence 2”, forthcoming in May 2024.


Watermark, the literary journal of California State University-Chico chose my poem “Small Seams” for their 10th anniversary issue.


Australia’s ABC Radio News Breakfast asked me to read a poem from HOUSE OF MCQUEEN for their Friday series, to follow Katie Somerville, Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles, National Gallery of Victoria who spoke about their new Alexander McQueen exhibit. You can hear me read “McQueen’s Bop with the Interviewer” here.

My poem Examining the Phytolith has been published in POETRY.
They also featured in on Instagram, where it has received over 1K likes!

“Other shadows have gone in there and” was selected by guest editor Allison Adelle Hedge Coke for Navigations: A Place for Peace issue of About Place Journal, Spring 2022 and is up here.



June 16, 6pm

2021 Ragdale Ring – as part of the evening’s festivities, I’ll interview Ellen Blum Barish about her new memoir

Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Tickets and more information –


April 11, 1pm – Four Way Books/Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Zoom)
I’ll be the interlocutor for Tommye Blount and Sarah London to celebrate their new books of poetry

More information



September 4, 7pm
The Nightingale

Reading with the Chicago Flagship reading/fundraiser for Writers for Migrant Justice—Chicago: Reading and Fundraiser


August 1-3 – Mendocino Writers Conference
Poetry Scholarship Winner

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Northwestern University’s Summer Writers’ Conference
Workshop and manuscript consultation

Workshop: Stran​ge Animals: Prose Poems
Wieboldt Hall, 339 E. Chicago Ave | Chicago
Manuscript consultations by appointment


Review of HOUSE OF MCQUEEN in Misfit, by Charles Rammlekamp – Read here


Saturday, June 22, 7pm – with John James and Hugh Schwartzburg
Myopic Books, :1564 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

I’ve been named a “Writer to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex!
A celebration and benefit is June 26 – read more and grab your ticket here


Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm
Eloquent Poem book launch
Poetry Foundation | Chicago

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm

Salon-style reading and conversation at the home of Jenene and Tom Ravesloot

5822 N. Campbell Ave. | Chicago

RSVP to Valerie or Jenene


Sunday, April 14 12:30:PM–1:00:PM | Poetry Stage

Los Angeles Times Book Festival, University of Southern California – LINK


My review of Landan Osman’s Exiles from Eden appears in the Spring 2019 issue of The Adirondack Review.

The Mendocino Writers’ Conference has awarded me a poetry scholarship!

Saturday, March 23, 4:00 pm – with Bruce Willard

Beyond Baroque Venice, CA    

March 28-30 | AWP Writers Conference | Portland, OR


Thursday, February 21, 7:00 pm

Authors Guild Chicago Chapter Midwinter Reading + Open Mic Night

The Red Lion Pub,  2446 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago


Sunday, January 12, 2:00 pm

“In With the New” Party – with Underline Poetry

The Book Stall

811 Elm Street, Winnetka

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