AWP Panel- Tampa

(Tampa, Florida)

March – Writing Dementia: How we give voice to fragmentation and decline. (Brendan Constantine, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Sarah Leavitt, Tina Schumann) Dementia is, among many things, the fragmentation of a life. How does a writer give voice to that fragmentation and to its impact on family members and their stories? What is the challenge of putting into words the disintegration of personality, relationship, and lives? Two poets, an essayist, and a graphic memoirist wrangle with these questions and examine the ways parental dementia has shaped their recent work.



Kachemak Bay Writers Conference

(Homer, Alaska)

June 12 at 7:30pm. Reading with Kevin Clark, Kate Carroll de Gutes, David Huddle, Linda Martin, Nina McConigley, and Don Rearden

Northern Renaissance Arts and Sciences Reading Festival

(Anchorage, Alaska)

July 11 at 7:30pm. Reading with Daryl Farmer at the ARTS Building

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

(Fairbanks, Alaska)

July 24-28


Kachemak Bay Writers Conference

(Homer, Alaska)

June 12 at 7:30pm. Reading with Jennine Capó Crucet, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Forrest Gander, Lee Goodman, Sherry Simpson, and David Stevenson


Kachemak Bay Writers Conference

(Homer, Alaska)

June 14 at 7:30pm. Reading with Frank Soos, Peter Trachtenberg, Adrian Harun, Nancy Lord, Afaa Weaver, Simmons Buntin, and Joy Castro

Reading with Jim Reese

February 13 at 7:00pm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Writing in the Dark – Fairbanks Arts Association Annual Writing Retreat

February 14 from 9:00am – 4:00pm:

Standing in the Sky

Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.

― Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses 

Spend a day looking at the world differently through your writing. Generate new work, gather ideas, and consider new projects. Feel free to bring work in progress (poetry or prose) that you’d like to look at with new eyes.

Register at the Fairbanks Arts Association website.


AWP Panel – Seattle

February 27, 2014 – 3:00-4:15 Writing the Midnight Sun: A Boreal Books Reading and Discussion. (Nicole Stellon O’Donnell,  Peggy Shumaker,  Melina Draper,  Erin Hollowell,  Susanna Mishler) Now in its 7th year, Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, publishes literature and fine art from Alaska. Please join four Boreal poets and the imprint’s editor for a reading and discussion. You’ll hear from a lyrical lesbian electrician, a poet whose work spans both Americas, a writer whose house overlooks Kachemak Bay’s eagles and otters, and a novelist in verse whose book is set in Gold Rush days.

Boreal Books at Avenue 50 Studio

(Avenue 50, Los Angeles)

March 16, 2014 at 2:00pm Reading with Nicole Stellon O’Donnell,  Peggy Shumaker,  Melina Draper,  and  Susanna Mishler. Commemorating Boreal Books connection to Red Hen Press on their 20th Anniversary.

Boreal Books at 61 Local

(61 Bergen St. New York, NY)

March 18, 2014 at 6:30pm. Reading with Anne Coray, Melina Draper, Susanna Mishler, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell, & Peggy Shumaker.

Kachemak Bay Writers Conference

(Homer, Alaska)

June 15, 2014 at 7:30pm. Reading with Debby Dahl Edwardson, Lee Martin, Benjamin Percy, Holly Hughes, Marjorie Sandor, Tom Kizzia, and Sherry Simpson



Rainier Writing Workshop

Kick-off Alumni Reading at the Garfield Book Club on Sunday, August 11 at 4pm. Books available for purchase. Also available, commemorative broadsides created by Juniper White of Dwell Press.

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30pm at the Library 307. I’ll be reading with Peggy Shumaker, Mei Mei Evans, Sara Loewen, and Carolyn Kremers. It will be a delight to read with the talented folks who are publishing with the Alaska Literary Series of the University of Alaska Press.

Ruskin Art Club

Ruskin Art Club in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 14th at 2:00pm. I’ll be reading with Ilya Kaminsky, Katie Farris, Peggy Shumaker, and Eva Saulitis.  What a privilege to be asked to read with this group of people.

AWP – Boston 2013

I’ll be signing my new book Pause, Traveler at the Red Hen Booth on Thursday March 7 from 3 to 4, Friday March 8 from 10:30 to 11:30, and Saturday March 9 from 9 to 10. Please stop by to see me. The book will be hot off the presses and you’ll probably be able to find me by the light of thousand watt smile!

Poems in Place – Ketchikan

On Thursday, November 29th at 7pm, the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council will sponsor a poetry event to kick off Poems in Place, a collaboration between Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska State Parks, a steering committee of poets and writers, and ultimately the residents of Alaska. Poems in Place will install a poem written by an Alaskan in each of the seven regions of the Alaska State Park’s system in the coming years, including Totem Bight State Historical Park in 2013.

Join us at the Main Street Gallery on the 29th to hear Ketchikan poets Teague Whalen, Ray Troll, Evon Zerbetz, Keith Smith, Dave Kiffer, George Pasley, Tom Fowler, Amy Farstad, and former-Ketchikanite Erin Coughlin Hollowell read poetry inspired by Southeast Alaska. Hollowell is a member of the Poems in Place committee and she’ll explain how anyone can submit a poem to be placed in Totem Bight State Park. Refreshments and conversation following.

Poems in Place – Homer

Saturday, September 15th at 7:30pm: A reading by Homer poets Eva Saulitis, Erin Coughlin Hollowell and Wendy Erd.  This celebration of Eva Saulitus’s new book of poetry, Many Ways To Say It, written in relationship to the “difficult, extreme, wild landscape of Alaska” provides the perfect opportunity to introduce a unique new state wide project, Poems in Place. The evening will weave visual images, poetry, and acoustic music by guitarist David Grimes. A book signing will follow a time for audience questions. Refreshments will be served.