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April 2021

Couplet Reading Series

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

COUPLET Reading Series - National Poetry Month Edition. I will be reading with Elizabeth Lindsay Rogers, Laura Cronk, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Nathan McClain, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. Go here to register now.

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May 2021

Maine Book Launch for the late Lee Sharkey

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

I’ll be introducing ten poets, mostly from Maine, who will be reading from I Will Not Name It Except to Say, completed in the last weeks of Lee’s life. Sponsored by Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. For Zoom invitation, go here

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Cambridge Reading from Lee Sharkey’s new book

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Porter Square Books reading with Denise Bergman and Fred Marchant from Lee Sharkey's I Will Not Name It Except to Say, coming from Tupelo on May 1. Lee compiled the book in the last weeks of her life, last October. Registration and info are here

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Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival Reading

May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Virtual reading for the Poetry Festival, postponed from 2020, wtih T.J. Anderson, Lee Ann Brown, and Lori Lubeski. Go to Facebook page for details. And pre-register at

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Tupelo Press Reading for Lee Sharkey’s new book

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

I will introduce readers Philip Metres, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Janice Harrington, and Eleanor Wilner in a virtual reading from the late Lee Sharkey's new book, I Will Not Name It Except to Say, completed in the last weeks of the author's life and published by Tupelo on May 1. Go here for information and signup.

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June 2021

Roxbury Poetry Festival Reading

June 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

FLOWERS AS THEY LIVE: HONORING LOCAL POET "Flowers As They Live" virtual reading with Askia Toure and Letta Neely, moderated by Toni Bee, as part of the all-day Roxbury Poetry Festival. Info and register (scroll down) at NOTE: Reading may be listed above as beginning at 5:00 pm EST, but it's actually taking place between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.

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Chautauqua Writers’ Festival Poetry Workshop

June 23 @ 11:00 am - June 26 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua, New York + Google Map

I'll be one of several faculty offering a four-day workshop and one-on-one conferences at the festival, which has been rescheduled from last summer and will be virtual this year. There will also be panel discussions, breakout sessions, and readings. I'll be reading on Wednesday, June 23, at 6:00 pm, with Jess Row. Go here for info, including registration.

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August 2021

Hudson Valley Writers Center Workshop

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Hudson Valley Writers Center

Four-hour workshop, with one-hour presentation on using research in poems, followed by discussion of participants’ poems (on any subject). Information here $124; scholarships available

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