Forthcoming Books

You Are No Longer in Trouble
a memoir in flash, will be published by the Marie Alexander Series in March 2019.

Everything Never Comes Your Way
a collection of poems, will be published by Boreal Books in 2020.


Past Events

  • February 27, Skype discussion with book group from the Homer Library.
  • March 1, Alaska Reads Kickoff Celebration, Reading and Discussion. Noel Wien Library Auditorium, Fairbanks. 6 p.m.
  • March 4, Writing Workshop: Persona Poetics register through 49 Writers, Holy Trinity Church, Juneau, 2:30-5 p.m.
  • March 4, Alaska Reads Author Reception, Rainy Retreat Books, Juneau, 6 p.m.
  • March 5, Class visit at Yaaḵoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School, Juneau
  • March 5, School visit at Johnson Youth Center, Juneau
  • March 6, Judging Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finals, Juneau.
  • March 7, Workshop: Persona Poetics, Haines Public Library, 12-2 p.m.
  • March 7, Reading and talk, Haines Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • March 8, Reading and talk, Loussac Public Library, Anchorage, 6 p.m.
  • March 9, Alaska Library Association Conference, Anchorage. Alaska Reads: Connecting Readers and Authors Across the Miles. With panelists Frank Soos, Alaska Reads founder and former Alaska Writer Laureate, and Jessica Peña, Executive Director, Fairbanks Arts Association.
  • March 9, Grand Block Opening, The Writer's Block Cafe and Bookstore, Reading 6:30 p.m.
  • March 10, Alaska Library Association, Local Authors Reception, Anchorage, Z.J. Loussac Public Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • March 11, Poetry Workshop, Homer Public Library, 12:30-3:30
  • March 11, Poetry Workshop, Haven House, Homer, 4:30-6:30
  • March 12, Reading and lunch. Homer Senior Center, 12-1 p.m.
  • March 12, Reading and talk, Homer Public Library, 6-7 p.m.
  • March 13, Afternoon with Alaska Reads, Soldotna Public Library, 1-2 p.m.
  • March 14, Reading and Talk, Kodiak Public Library, 7:30 p.m.
  • March 16, Reading and Discussion. Sitka Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • October 3, Arctic Entries, Storytelling Series, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Time TBA. The theme is "Fingers crossed: Stories of Superstition, Mischief, and Hoping for the Best."
  • July 16-23, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Instructor for the Creative Writing class.
  • Saturday February 18, Arts Afire: Denali Winterfest. Reading at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 5, Reading. Fairbanks Arts Association, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks, 7 p.m.
  • January-May 2016, Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, Pondicherry, India. Traveled throughout South India visiting schools and meeting with poets and poetry writing groups.
  • February 26-March 1, AWP Conference & Bookfair, Seattle.
  • Thursday, February 27, AWP Conference & Bookfair, Writing and the Midnight Sun: A Boreal Books Reading and Discussion with Peggy Shumaker, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Susanna Mishler and Melina Draper.
  • Thursday, February 27, AWP Conference & Bookfair, Booksigning at the Red Hen Booth. signings TBA).
  • March 16, Avenue 50 Art Studio, Los Angeles. Boreal Books reading featuring: Melina Draper, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Susanna Mishler, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell & Peggy Shumaker. 131 N, Avenue 50, 2:00 p.m..
  • March 18,  61 Local, New York City, Boreal Books reading featuring: Melina Draper, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Susanna Mishler, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell & Peggy Shumaker. 61 Bergen Street, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 21-30, Writer-in-Residence, Denali National Park. Writing at Park Headquarters and at the Savage River Cabin. Heading out on aerial surveys of the park with rangers. Making new poems.
  • March 29, Writer-in-Residence Reading & Workshop, Denali National Park, Murie Science and Learning Center at Mile 1.4 of the Park Road, 6 p.m.
  • June 6, Visiting Instructor, Summer Writing Institute, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.
  • July 13-27, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, poetry faculty for the Creative Writing class.
  • Thursday, October 9, Gulliver’s Books, Fairbanks. Reading & signing, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • March 6-9, AWP Conference & Bookfair, Boston. Part of a panel called Micro/Macro: Public and Private Poetic Histories with Tess Taylor, Garrett Hongo, Hilda Raz and David Mason. Friday, March 8, 1:30-1:45 pm, Room 309, Hynes Convention Center.
  • June 14-18,Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Faculty, teaching workshops, serving on panels, and reviewing manuscripts. Register here.
  • February 3, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Visiting Writers Series, poetry reading, Wood Center Ballroom, 7 p.m.
  • February 25, Alaska Library Association, Authors to Alaska Luncheon, Fairbanks Westmark Hotel, 12-1:30 p.m. & Booksigning 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • February 29-March 3, AWP Conference, Hilton Chicago, booksigning and poetry reading with a panel of Alaskan writers
  • March 20, Launch Celebration and Reading, Anchorage. Reading with Joan Kane, Amber Flora Thomas, and Peggy Shumaker. 7:30 ARTS 150, UAA Anchorage
  • March 24, Fairbanks Arts Association reading with Peggy Shumaker, Amber Flora Thomas, and Joan Kane. 7:00 Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Association
  • March 27, Talk of Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network, 10-11 a.m.. Tune in and listen as I talk with Steve Heimel and callers about the importance of poetry in their lives. Click  KSKA stream here to listen online (in the upper right corner). Or listen on any Alaskan NPR affiliate.
  • April 8, Boreal Books Reading at Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles with Peggy Shumaker, Amber Flora Thomas, Joan Kane, and Ron Carlson, 2 p.m.
  • April 9, Reading in Seattle, WA hosted by the Ranier Writing Workshop at the Hugo House with Peggy Shumaker, Amber Flora Thomas, and Joan Kane, 7 p.m.
  • April 10, Hosted by Ketchikan Public Library, UAS Library, and Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Reading with Joan Kane, Amber Flora Thomas, and Peggy Shumaker.
  • April 11, Reading in Sitka, Alaska hosted by the Island Institute. Reading with Joan Kane, Amber Flora Thomas, and Peggy Shumaker.
  • April 13, Juneau Public Library, hosted by UAS. Reading with Joan Kane, Amber Flora Thomas, and Peggy Shumaker.
  • April 27, Gulliver’s Books, Fairbanks, AK. Reading and booksigning, 7-9 p.m.
  • May 4, If Only, 215 Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK. Made in Alaska First Friday event, featuring Sue Dranchak, Pauline Lian, Margo Klas and Nicole Stellon O’Donnell. 5-8 p.m.
  • July 18, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Creative Writing Class, guest writer.
  • December 6, Juneau Public Library, Reading with Sarah Isoto, 7 p.m.
  • December 7,Alaska Historical Library, Juneau. Half day workshop: Inspiration and Innovation through Primary Resources, facilitating with Sarah Isto and Jim Simard, 12-2 & 3-5 p.m.
  • December 12, Bear Gallery, Pioneer Park, Poems in Place Reading with Derick Burleson, Renee Singh, Carolyn Kremers, and Rebecca Morse, 5:30-7:00 p.m.