Performances & Talks

2021 Speaking Engagements

“Sitting with Uncertainty: What Poetry Can Teach Us about Illness and Treatment in the 21st Century” (keynote), Launch Event for ChART, the journal of the Narrative Medicine Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, May 5, 2021.

15th annual launch of Write On Downtown: A Journal of Phoenix Creativity,April 30, 2021.

Leadership in the Arts During Challenging Times (panelist), Women’s Leadership Institute, April 20, 2021.

“Inquiry, Insight, & Renewal: The Benefits of Poetry for Practitioners and Patients,”Grand Rounds, Internal Medicine department, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, April 16, 2021.

Poetry as Community Engagement and Empowerment,” ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference, March 26, 2021.

Art-Based Therapy and the Healthcare Crisis: A DIY Guide to Changing the World,” Barrett Honors College Community Dialogue Series, ASU, March 25, 2021. 

“Micro-Poetry: The Art of Concision,” Arizona State Poetry Society Annual Conference, January 23rd, 2021.

“MLK and Maya Angelou: A Poetic Dream,” MLK National Day of Service, Aguila Youth Leadership Academy, January 18, 2021.

2021 Readings

AZ Women’s Salon, 15th Anniversary, Junior Achievement of AZ, Tempe, AZ, June 21, 2021.

AZ NOW State Conference, June 5, 2021.

HonorHealth Night of Gold (fundraiser for HonorHealth community programs), Phoenix, AZ, May 6, 2021.

Shared Voices Poetry Reading (Share Your Voice vocal donation drive), University of Arizona Biomedical-Phoenix, May 4, 2021

Cell Phone Recital for National Poetry Month (featuring 45 laureates from across the country), Tishomingo Arts Council (Mississippi), April 2021


2020 Readings & Events

1/31: A Night with the Phoenix Poet Laureate, Arizona Humanities, Phoenix, AZ

2/21: Erotica Music and Poetry Fest, Alwun House, Phoenix, AZ

2/22: City, State, Nation: Poets Laureate of the Southwest, Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, ASU

2/29: Host/MC, Hotter than the Sun Youth Poetry Festival (sponsored by AZ Masters of Poetry), Phoenix College

3/5: In Celebration of Women Opening Reception, Herberger Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

4/4: Hearts for Art Telethon, AZ Citizens for the Arts (online)

4/15: AZ Poets Speak: Revolutionary Love (sponsored by AZ Humanities)

4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24: Phoenix Poetry Series (virtual edition)

4/29: AZ Poets Speak: Disappearing Landscapes (sponsored by AZ Humanities) (online)

5/1: 14th annual launch of Write On, Downtown, A Journal of Phoenix Writing (online)

2020 Talks & Workshops

1/30: Arts-Based Research (HIS 328), ASU DPC

2/21: Lyrical Therapy: Clinical and Nonclinical Applications of Poetry in Healthcare/Self-Care, Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, ASU

2/21: Secrets from Agents and Editors: Here’s What to Know in Today’s Publishing World, Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, ASU

3/13: Journal/Small Press Editing (skype), Hunger Mountain editorial board/MFA program, Vermont College of Fine Arts

4/1: Dickinson’s fascicles and the feminist politics of zine culture (ENG 431) (zoom), ASU West

4/16: Arts-Based Research Workshop (HIS 328) (zoom), ASU DPC

4/16 Maximizing your Online Potential as Writers (zoom), Mesa Book Festival/Anthology Inc.

5/12 & 5/19: Poetic Therapy: Writing Through Trauma (zoom), Changing Hands Bookstore

6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25: Disruption, Subversion, & Agency: A Brief History of Zines (zoom), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU

National Poetry Month (2019)

  • The Revival of Poetry (Osher Lifelong Learning class), every Thursday at noon, ASU Downtown (Mercado)
  • First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row ft. AMPlified youth poets and coaches, 4/5
  • The PBC (Phoenix Biomedical Campus) Living Library, 4/9
  • Hotter than the Sun Youth Poetry Festival (semifinals), 4/10
  • Birds & Bards: A Benefit for Audubon AZ, Changing Hands Tempe, 4/13
  • AZ Humanities 2019 Awards Reception, Mesa Arts Center, 4/14
  • South Mountain Community Library, 4/15
  • Paradise Valley Community College, 4/16
  • Teacher/Coach Slam at The Coronado, Phoenix, 4/22
  • Launch of Write On, Downtown, Changing Hands Phoenix, 4/26
  • Phoenix Poetry Series at Fillmore Coffee, 4/26
  • Maricopa County Community College Creative Writing Awards, Orpheum Theater, 4/30

2019 Readings

1/19: Arizona State Society Annual Awards Luncheon, Sun City Country Club
1/25: Phoenix Poetry Series at Fillmore Coffee (Host)
2/1: First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row (Host)
2/15: Erotic Poetry and Music Festivus at the Alwun House (Host)
2/22: Phoenix Poetry Series (Host)
2/23: rinky dink press: punk rock poetry (reading and talk) at Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Festival, ASU
3/1: First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row (Host)
3/9: Geology of Sprit Opening Reading at Holland Gallery
3/22: Phoenix Poetry Series at Fillmore Coffee (Host)
4/5: First Friday Poetry on Roosevelt Row (Host)
4/7: Women’s Collaborative concert at Katzin Hall, ASU
4/13: Birds and Bards: A Poetry Month/Audubon Celebration at Changing Hands Phoenix
4/26: Launch of Write On, Downtown at Changing Hands Phoenix (Host)
4/26: Phoenix Poetry Series at Fillmore Coffee (Host)

2019 Talks & Workshops

2/26: Creative Writing Club at Palo Verde Middle School
2/27: Geology of Spirit: The Process of Poetic/Photographic Collaboration, Paradise Valley Community College
3/4-3/25: The Revival of Poetry: A Guided Tour by the Phoenix Poet Laureate, Osher Lifelong Learning on the Downtown campus (Thursdays)
3/5: Creative Writing class at North High School
3/30: Punk Rock Presses (moderator and panelist), AWP, Portland, OR
4/6: Poetry & Poses, Totem Yoga
4/9: Human Book for the Human Library, NAU/ASU Biomedical Campus
TBD: Poetry Month Celebration at Paradise Valley Community College
TBD: Poetry Month Celebration at South Mountain Community Library

2018 Readings

1/4: SW Laureates, Left of Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
1/26: Phoenix Poetry Series featuring the Poets of Finishing Line Press, Phoenix College
2/3: Nasty Women Art Exhibition and Reading, Art Haus, Phoenix, AZ
2/16: Erotica Fest, Alwun House, Phoenix, AZ
3/6: Mayor Stanton’s State of the City Address, Sheraton, Phoenix, AZ
3/22: Jazz + Poetry at the Nash (all women’s edition), Phoenix, AZ
4/21: Poetry on Melrose, Phoenix, AZ
5/5: A Trio of Poets Laureate, Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ
5/11: ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Convocation, Tempe, AZ
7/13: Space 55, Phoenix, AZ
10/25: Launch of T.S. Eliot to a Bird by David Chorlton (opening reader) Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ,
12/11: ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts Convocation, Tempe, AZ
12/14: Caffeine Corrido at {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2018 Talks & Workshops

1/23: Teen Poetry at Burton Barr
2/3: Zine Workshop, Sun City Poetry Society
2/10: Southwest Editor’s Forum, ASU, Tempe, AZ
2/13 & 2/27: Teen Poetry at Burton Barr
2/22: “Tiny Package, Big Punch: Flash Memoir and the Art of Concision,” Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference (DNRS), ASU, Tempe, AZ
2/23: “Memoir and the Body” (panel), DNRS, Tempe, AZ
2/24: “Lyrical Resistance: The Power of Ethnographic Poetry,” DNRS, Tempe, AZ
3/7-3-28 (Wednesdays): Anthology Editing & Production, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), ASU Downtown Campus, Phoenix, AZ
3/13 & 3/27: Teen Poetry at Burton Barr
4/4-4/25 (Wednesdays): The Art of Healing: Therapeutic Poetry, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), ASU Downtown Campus, Phoenix, AZ
4/6: Poetry-on-Demand on Roosevelt Row (407 E. Roosevelt)
4/7: Poetry-on-Demand at the Tempe Public Library
4/9: Poetry by and for the People: A Reading & Talk for Poetry Month, South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix, AZ
4/10 & 4/24: Teen Poetry at Burton Barr
4/21: Poetry on Melrose: A Celebration of National Poetry Month, Melrose Curve, Phoenix, AZ
4/27: Launch of Write On, Downtown, Changing Hands Books, Phoenix, AZ
4/28: Poetry-on-Demand: Indie Bookstore Day, Changing Hands Books, Phoenix, AZ
5/16 & 5/23: Flash Memoir, Piper Center for Creative Writing, Tempe, AZ
5/19: Poetry & Small Presses, Phoenix Writer’s Club
5/26 & 5/27: STEAM Team Workshops (science & poetry), Comicon, Phoenix, AZ
6/24: Poetry-on-Demand: Typewriter Day, Changing Hands Books, Phoenix, AZ
8/8 & 8/15: Flash Memoir, Changing Hands Books, Tempe, AZ
9/16: Small Press Panel, N. AZ Book Fest, Flagstaff, AZ
9/24: Banned Books Event, South Mountain Library, Phoenix, AZ
10/10: Social Embeddedness Brown Bag, ASU Downtown Phoenix campus
10/28: Phx Zine Fest, Phoenix, AZ
11/8: Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals Network, Phoenix, AZ
11/15: Phoenix Writer’s Network, Phoenix, AZ
11/30: Geology of Spirit Pre-Exhibition Talk/Reading, ASU Downtown
12/1: KJZZ Storyfest, Glendale, AZ