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News + Events

Join Derek Sheffield at an upcoming event.

Current News + Forthcoming Events

April 13, 2024
Earth Day Fair
11:30 AM. Sustainable NCW. Pybus Public Market. I will be reading some poems in honor of Earth Day. 
Wenatchee, WA.

April 16, 2024
Visit to Bellevue College
12:00 PM. CMarie Fuhrman and I are visiting an environmental sciences class to discuss Cascadia Field Guide and the power of blending science and art. 
Bellevue, WA.

April 18, 2024
Earth Day and Poetry Month Celebration
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. I’m honoring Mother Earth and the Muse with visiting writer Kurt Caswell and the student winners of the annual Wenatchee Valley College Earth Day poetry contest. 
Wenatchee, WA.

April 19, 2024
Earth Day Celebration on the Salish Sea
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Thanks to the San Juan Makers Guild, I’m reading with Jill McCabe Johnson and Quinn Bailey at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Orcas Island, WA.

April 20, 2024
The Ecopoetry of Cascadia
I’ll be poking around the wilds of ecopoetry in a talk peppered with readings from Cascadia Field Guide at the Orcas Island Library alongside contributor Jill McCabe Johnson. 
Orcas Island, WA.

April 23, 2024
Celebrating Earth Day, Poetry Month, and Cascadia Field Guide’s Pacific Northwest Book Award
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. I’ll be reading with Katharine Whitcomb, Jack Johnson, and Kevin Craft at Water from Wine, next to A Book for All Seasons.
Leavenworth, WA.

April 25, 2024
Q & A with Nature Writing Students
3:00 PM. Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Liz Bradfield and I will be visiting CMarie Fuhrman’s nature writing class to talk about Cascadia Field Guide.  
Zoom.

April 26, 2024
InVerse Functions: A Theatrical Evening of Science Poetry
7 PM. A few of my science poems performed, alongside others, in a fun intersection of poetry, theater, and science.
Seattle, WA.

May 16, 2024
Art & Poetry in the Wild 
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. I will lead an afternoon of field and feel work alongside artist and writer Heather Murphy as part of the 2024 Leavenworth Spring Birdfest. 
Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, WA.

May 18, 2024
Birds and Words with Rebecca Heisman
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. I will lead a birding trip alongside Rebecca Heisman, author of Flight Paths.
Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, Leavenworth, WA.

May 21, 2024
Q & A with students of Writing the Wild
4 PM – 4:30 PM. I’ll be answering questions from students on the special year-long journey curated by Krissy Kludt and J. Drew Lanham. 
Zoom.

October 3 – 5, 2024
Ecopoetry and Cascadia Field Guide
Skagit River Poetry Festival; I will be presenting and reading alongside CMarie Fuhrman and Elizabeth Bradfield. 
LaConner, WA.


Previous News + Events

March 30, 2024
Books After Dark: A signing from Cascadia Field Guide, Dear America, Not for Luck, and Through the Second Skin
5 PM – 8 PM. Cloud & Leaf Bookstore. Wine, cheese, books, and chitchat.
Manzanita, OR.

March 11, 2024
Q & A with T.J. Klune, author of In the Lives of the Puppets
7 PM – 8 PM. The Red Barn at WRI. I’m asking T.J. Klune about his new book, his writing process, and more. 
Leavenworth, WA.

March 6, 2024
Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Toward a More Perfect Biophilia with the Consilience of Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
4 PM – 5 PM. I will give a talk on what happens when science is blended with the arts. Science in Our Valley is sponsored by WSU and the Apple Stem Network
Wenatchee, WA.

February 15 – 27, 2024
Writing a Being-Centric Poem
Derek Sheffield teaches a 3-session class over Zoom through Writing the Wild, the amazing year-long experience curated by Krissy Kludt and J. Drew Lanham.

February 7 – 11, 2024
AWP Conference Whirlwind, Kansas City, Missouri

Weds.

6 pm AWP Small Press Publisher Award; Terrain.org is one of the finalists, alongside Obsidian and The Rumpus

Thurs.

11 AM Terrain.org booth, 3025, signing for Not for Luck and Through the Second Skin with Brian Turner

1:30 to 2:00 PM Trinity U. booth, signing with Elizabeth Dodd and Simmons Buntin for Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy

3:00 to 4:00 PM, Terrain.org booth, 3025, signing with Tess Taylor for Leaning Toward Light

6 PM Terrain.org, 25th Anniversary celebration reading, Kirk Family YMCA

8 PM PNBA Award Ceremony, with Elizabeth Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman, online

Friday

9:00 AM Terrain.org booth, 3025, signing with Liz Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman for Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry

1:00 PM, Wheelbarrow Books booth, 744. Signing for Not for Luck with Daniel Lassell, author of Spit

Saturday

9:00 AM Terrain.org booth, 3025, signing with Elizabeth Dodd and Simmons Buntin for Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy

January, 2024
Judge: 2024 Summer Fishtrap Fellowship

January 11, 2024
Terrain.org 25th Anniversary Celebration
7 PM MT, Derek Sheffield joins 2022 National Book Award finalist Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Julie Swarstad Johnson, and Simmons Buntin at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Terrain.org, the world’s oldest online journal dedicated to the writing and art of place.
Tucson, AZ. In person and streaming online. 

January 8, 2024
Cascadia Field Guide wins a 2024 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award! 

November 6, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide shortlisted for the 2024 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award

November 5, 2023
Rewilding with Cascadia Field Guide: A Talk Peppered with Poems, Art, and Your Questions
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Join co-editors CMarie Fuhrman and Derek Sheffield for a talk about Cascadia Field Guide with respect to the concept of Rewilding.
NatureCulture. Free attendance through Zoom. Details here.

October 19, 2023
A Saunter through Cascadia Field Guide: A Talk Peppered with Poems, Art, and Your Questions
7 PM, Poet, naturalist, and co-editor Derek Sheffield will lead us on a saunter through the wilds and words of an extraordinary collection which fuses image, science, cultural knowledge, and the ineffable singing we call poem to honor the beings and place of our bioregion. Come with an open heart and be ready to love even more the interconnected and wonder-riddled place we call home.
Wenatchee River Institute, Leavenworth, WA. Free attendance in person and through Zoom. Details here.

October 7, 2023
Words for the More-Than-Human World
9 AM – 12 PM, Join Derek Sheffield and Cynthia Neely for a generative writing workshop on the beautiful grounds of the Wenatchee River Institute.
Leavenworth, WA

October 6, 2023
The MAC Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College show opening: Cascadia: A More Than Human Experience
5 pm, Join artist Justin Gibbens and poets Xavier Cavazos, Maya Jewell Zeller, Derek Sheffield, and Jack Johnson for a reading from and discussion of Cascadia Field Guide.
MAC Gallery, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

Thursday, October 5
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
7 PM, A reading and celebration with Rick Barot, Elizabeth Bradfield, Derek Sheffield, CMarie Fuhrman.  Part of the PLU Visiting Writers Series.
Details here.

Tuesday, October 4
Bloedel Reserve: UP Lift: Collaborations with Nature 

Bainbridge Is., WA
Join editors Holly Hughes, Rena Priest, Elizabeth Bradfield, Derek Sheffield, and CMarie Fuhrman for a presentation on the making of anthologies.
details to come

Tuesday, October 3, 6 pm
Washington State History Museum Presents Cascadia Field Guide

Tacoma, WA
Join editors Elizabeth Bradfield and Derek Sheffield with writers Ever Jones, Kevin Miller, and Anastacia-Reneé to celebrate connection and wonderment.
details to come

Sunday, October 1, 3 pm
Tsunami Books
Eugene, Oregon

Attending this Earth: Poetry, Ecology, Gardens, and Art: Cascadia Field Guide and Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens and the Hands that Tend Them, two new anthologies that honor and strengthen our connection to the more-than-human world, invite you to rejuvenate your love of the plants, birds, and other beings of this beautiful place through poetry, story, and more.  Editors and poets Elizabeth Bradfield, Derek Sheffield, and Tess Taylor will be joined by poet Garrett Hongo; Jorah LaFleur will host the event, and Don Latarski will offer music.  Artist for Cascadia Field Guide Emily Poole will have artwork on display.  Whether you enjoy your back yard, your neighborhood park, or deep wilderness, this evening will nurture your sense of connection and care.  This event is co-sponsored by the McKenzie River Trust and the Eugene Natural History Society. More details.

September 30, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: A Celebration! with Derek Sheffield, Elizabeth Bradfield, Alyssa Ogi, Nancy Slavin, and Lex Runciman 
6 PM, Hoffman Center for the Arts in partnership with Cloud and Leaf Bookstore
594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR. More details.

September 29, 2023
Join editors Elizabeth Bradfield and Derek Sheffield and contributors Rebecca Hoogs, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Rachel Edelman, Elizabeth Austen, and Christianne Balk in a reading from Cascadia Field Guide.
7 PM, Elliott Bay Books
Seattle, WA. More details. 

September 28, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: A Celebration! with Robert Lashley, Jeremy Voigt, Derek Sheffield, and Elizabeth Bradfield. In partnership with North Cascades Institute’s Nature of Writing series
7 PM, Village Books
Bellingham, WA. More details.

September 28, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide named as one of four finalists in the “Fiction and Poetry” category for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
Banff, Alberta

September 22-24, 2023
Reading and presenting at Litfuse in Mighty Tieton!
Tieton, WA

September, 2023
Judge: Oregon Poetry Association Award in Elegy   

August 29, 2023
Inhabiting Cascadia  
11:30 PM, A Presentation with Elizabeth Bradfield for the Global Centre of Advanced Studies College Dublin
World Forestry Center, Portland, OR, and Zoom. Free and open to the public. 

July 27th, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: A Celebration! with Derek Sheffield, Barbara Drake, David Oates, Joe Wilkins, Kim Stafford, Nancy Slavin, Paulann Petersen, and Travis London.
7 PM, Powell’s Books
1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 

July, 2023
Reviewer: Public Humanities Fellows Program, Humanities Washington

July 10, 2023
Terrain.org 25th Anniversary Reading with Teresa Mei Chuc, Derek Sheffield, Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, and Joe Wilkins
8 pm, ASLE Conference
Architectural Heritage Center, Portland, OR 

July 9th, 2023
Reclaiming the Commons with Cascadia Field Guide: A Panel Presentation with Andrew Gottlieb, Karen Leona Anderson, Elizabeth Jacobson, and Anne Haven McDonnell
1 PM, Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

June 29th, 2023
Raising Daughters at the End of the World: Derek Sheffield in Conversation with David Gessner
7 PM, Powell’s Books
1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 

June 20, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: a Celebration! with Lyanda Fern Lynn Haupt, Claudia Castro Luna, Sarah Van Sanden, Derek Sheffield, Allen Braden, Betsy Aoki, Erin Fox, Martha Silano, and Sierra Nelson
7 PM, Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA

June 3, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide signing with Kevin Miller
1 – 2 PM, Invitation Bookshop
5125 Olympic Drive, Gig Harbor, WA

May 20, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide book signing with Derek Sheffield and John Marzluff, author of Gifts of the Crow, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest 
Wenatchee River Institute, Leavenworth, WA

May 11, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide book signing with CMarie Fuhrman and Derek Sheffield
11 AM – 2 PM, Pilgrim’s Market
Coeur d’Alene, ID

May 10, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide reading and book signing with Derek Sheffield, CMarie Fuhrman, Stacy Boe Miller, Michael McGriff, Alexandra Teague, Cori Dantini
6:00 PM, Neill Public Library
Pullman, WA

April 30, 2023
Reading and book signing with Derek Sheffield, Juniper Moon, and William O’Daly
2:00 – 4:00 PM, Salem Public Library
Salem, OR

April 29, 2023
Book signing with Derek Sheffield in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day
1:00 – 3:00 PM, A Book for All Seasons
Leavenworth, WA

April 24, 2023
Terrain.org Online Reading in celebration of Earth and Poetry Month
Derek Sheffield hosts Pattiann Rogers, Andrew Gottlieb, and Kamella Cruz
5:00 PM Pacific

April 22, 2023
Two events centered on Cascadia Field Guide, including contributors Gabrielle Bates, Andrew Gottlieb, Elizabeth Aoki, Kathryn Smith, Maya Jewell Zeller, and editors Derek Sheffield, Elizabeth Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman
Get Lit!
Spokane, WA

April 20, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
A reading and celebration with Elizabeth Bradfield, Andrew Gottlieb, CMarie Fuhrman, Sarah Van Sanden, Maya Jewell Zeller, Justin Gibbens, Jack Johnson, Katharine Whitcomb, and Xavier Cavazos
7:00 PM Pacific
Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

April 20, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
Earth Day Celebration and Book Launch with Elizabeth Bradfield, Andrew Gottlieb, Sarah Van Sanden, Derek Sheffield, CMarie Fuhrman, Justin Gibbens, and Jack Johnson
1:00 PM Pacific
The Grove Recital Hall, Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

March 30, 2023
The Canadian Launch of the Cascadia Field Guide
Hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley
Featuring Maleea Acker, Yvonne Blomer, Lorna Crozier, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Matt Rader, Al Rempel, Derek Sheffield, Sandy Shreve, Bren Simmers, Rob Taylor, and Isaac Yuen
Thursday, March 30th, 7 PM, Zoom

March 16, 2023
Twitter livestream: Paisley Rekdal interviews Derek Sheffield, Garrett Hongo, and Carmen Selam about Cascadia Field Guide for High Country News
11:00 AM Pacific

March 11th, 2023
Book Signing with Elizabeth Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman: Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
AWP Bookfair, Mountaineers Books Booth, #T-227
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

March 11th, 2023
Book Signing with Elizabeth Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman: Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
AWP Bookfair, Terrain.org Booth, #410
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

March 11th, 2023
Book Signing: Not for Luck, Dear America, Cascadia Field Guide
AWP Bookfair, Terrain.org Booth, #410
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

March 10, 2023
Terrain.org’s 25th Anniversary: A Reading and Celebration
AWP Conference
7:00 PM Pacific
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, Seattle, WA

March 10th, 2023
Book Signing: Not for Luck
AWP Bookfair, Western Colorado University MFA Booth, #907
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

March 10th, 2023
Book Signing with Elizabeth Bradfield and CMarie Fuhrman: Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
AWP Bookfair, Western Colorado University MFA Booth, #907
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

March 9th, 2023
Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry
AWP Conference Book Launch: “Defining Cascadia: A Cultural Celebration”
6:00 PM Pacific
Seattle’s Town Hall, Seattle, WA

March 9th, 2023
Book Signing: Not for Luck
AWP Bookfair, Wheelbarrow Books Booth, #T1223
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

March 9th, 2023
Book Signing: Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy
AWP Bookfair, Trinity University Press Booth, #T1113
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific
Convention Center, Seattle, WA

February 9th, 2023
A Fine Madness: The Art of Revising a Poem
Western Colorado University MFA Program
5:30 PM MT
Gunnison, CO

January 6th – February 10th, 2023
I’m leading a poetry workshop for Orion Magazine: The Weave of Your Life in World and Poem, featuring guests Ellen Bass and Ross Gay.

January 6th
Interview with James Crews for the Heathfire Writing Community, a beautiful space he and Danusha Lameris have created.

November 15th – 30th, 2022
Registration window for the online poetry class I’m teaching for Orion Magazine
This class will meet over Zoom on six consecutive Fridays between January 6 and February 10, 2023

November 28, 2022
Terrain.org Reading Series
Online reading by Chris Dombrowski, CMarie Fuhrman, and Julie Trimingham
Moderated by Derek Sheffield

October 7, 2023
First Friday: PechaKucha Poetry Reading
The Music and Arts Center
5:00 PM Pacific
Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA

August 8, 2023
My next book of poems has started to shape itself, and I’m grateful to the editors who are finding individual poems in their submission piles. Between now and next August, new poems will be forthcoming in The Southern Review, Northwest Review, The Georgia Review, Post Road, High Country News, and two new anthologies from Storey Press: Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them edited by Tess Taylor and The Wonder of Small Things: Poems of Peace & Renewal edited by James Crews.

July 27, 2022
Tieton Arts Reading Series
Poetry reading and open mic
7:00 PM Pacific
Fueling Station, Tieton, WA

June 12, 2022
Words, Wine, Bird song, and Beer at Ski Hill Lodge 
Poetry reading with Ana Maria Spagna and Sarah Van Arsdale, hosted by A Book for All Seasons
6:00 PM Pacific
Ski Hill Lodge, Leavenworth, WA

May 21, 2022
A Thousand Blended Notes: A Life of Birds and Poetry
Keynote Address, Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, including a special poetry broadside courtesy of J. Drew Lanham and Juniper Moon of Dwell Press
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Barn Beach Reserve, Leavenworth, WA

May 21, 2022
Literary Birding
A reading of avian-inspired poetry and prose with Heather Durham, Cynthia Neely, and Jackie Haskins
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Barn Beach Reserve, Leavenworth, WA

March 26, 2022
Book Signing for Not for Luck
Hosted by Terrain.org
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
AWP Bookfair, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Phila, PA

March 24, 2022
Book Signing for Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy
Hosted by Trinity University Press
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern
AWP Conference. Bookfair, Booth #740, Pennsylvania Convention Center

March 24, 2022
Socializing the Nature Poem: The Non-Human World and Identity
Panel reading with Brian Teare, Chaun Ballard, Derek Sheffield, Elizabeth Aoki, and Andrew Gottlieb
10:35 am – 11:50 am Eastern
AWP Conference. Number: T137. Location: 113A, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level

March 24, 2022
Urgent Wonder: The Practice and Paradox of Teaching Environmental Writing
Panel presentation with Ana Maria Spagna, Derek Sheffield, CMarie Fuhrman, Laura Pritchett, and Nicole Walker
12:10 pm – 1:25 pm Eastern
AWP Conference. Number: T178. Location: 124, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level

February 10, 2022
Visiting Writer
Nancy Takacs’ poetry class.
Online

January 16, 2022
Big thanks to MSU Press for nominating several poems from Not for Luck for a Pushcart Prize.

January 1, 2022

Gratitude and admiration for the editors of The Massachusetts Review who have included one of my poems in an incredibly wide-ranging special issue focused on the climate crisis.

November 18, 2021
Cascadia: A Field Guide through Art, Ecology, and Poetry, edited by Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman, and Derek Sheffield, will be published by Mountaineers Books in the spring of 2023.

October 21, 2021
Visiting Writer
Western Colorado University, MFA Program in Nature Writing
Online

October 1, 2021
Shenandoah nominates “Monsters” for the 2021 Best of the Net anthology.

September 21, 2021, 7 PM (Alaska Time), Zoom, Live. Register here.
Alaska World Arts Festival
“New Work, New World.”  Rich Chiappone will host Kazim Ali, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Chaun Ballard, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell, and me for a live reading. The festival with also feature Elizabeth Bradfield and Sean Hill.

September 7th, 2021, 11:00 AM (Pacific), Podcast, Coming from Left Field
Poets Kevin Miller, Janice O’Mahony, and I will be joining hosts Pat Cummings and Greg Godels for a round of light verse!

September 2, 2021,  6:30 PM (Pacific). Ski Hill Lodge, Leavenworh, WA. Live and in person!
A Book for All Seasons is hosting Jack Johnson, Holly Thorpe, Zach Eddy, and me for a live, outdoor reading in the spectacular setting of Ski Hill. Plenty of microbrews will be on tap.

August 23, 2021,  5 PM (Pacific) Terrain.org Reading Series. Zoom. Register here.
I will be hosting three amazing writers–Alison Hawthorne Deming, Suzanne S. Rancourt, and Anne Haven McDonnell. Alison’s new book, A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress, is just out from Counterpoint!

June 17, 2021
Not for Luck nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

June 14 – 17, 2021,  Story Catcher: Summer Writing Workshop and Festival. Live. In-person. Register here.
Chadron State Park, Nebraska
In the company of my co-presenters–Alyson Hagy, Carson Vaughan, and Laura Pritchett–I will be giving a craft talk and reading and leading a workshop.

June 5, 2021, 10 AM to 10:50 AM PT. Poets in the Park. Zoom. Register here.
Redmond, Washington
I will be reading with Terrain.org editors Allen Braden and Elizabeth Jacobson and Terrain.org Editor’s Prize winner Chaun Ballard.

May 6, 2021, 6 PM – 7 PM (Pacific Time), Zoom, Live. Registration.
Oregon Poetry Association.
I will be giving a short workshop called “Tracking the Ecopoem in the Anthropocene.”

May 4, 2021, Visiting Writer
Eastern Washington University, MFA Program

April 26, 2021, 5 PM Pacific, Zoom, Live. Register here. (free)
Terrain.org monthly reading series.
In honor of Earth and Poetry Month, a reading and talk with Jane Hirshfield, Derek Sheffield, Alison Hawthorne Deming, and J. Drew Lanham.

April 22, 2021, 1 PM Pacific, Zoom, Live. Register here. (free)
Wenatchee Valley College.
In honor of Earth Day, Derek Sheffield hosts Ross Gay and Scott Russell Sanders for a reading and conversation on the art of joy, connection, and resilience as we work together to address the interconnected challenges of social and environmental degradation.

April 12 – 18, 2021, Zoom, Live.  (must register for GetLit!)
Spokane’s legendary lit. fest, GetLit!
Ecopoetry and cocktails with Derek Sheffield, Ellen Bass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Jess Walter.

March 22, 2021, 5 PM Pacific, Zoom, Live. Register here. (free)
Terrain.org monthly reading series.
With Derek Sheffield, Arthur Sze, Susan Cohen, Cameron Walker, and Kristina Moriconi.

March 2, 2021, Visiting Writer
Orion Magazine Poetry Workshop
With Liz Bradfield.

February 26, 2021, 12 PM Pacific
Michigan State University Press.
Podcast with Derek Sheffield and Noah Davis.

February 23, 2021, 6 PM Pacific, Skype/Facebook, Live. Register here. Or here
Rattle Magazine.
Rattlecast with Tim Green, Editor of Rattle Magazine. A livestreaming poetry reading and podcast.

February 18, 2021, 1 PM Pacific, Zoom, Live
Wenatchee Valley College.
In honor of Black History Month and with the Climate Crisis looming, Derek Sheffield hosts J. Drew Lanham for a reading and talk on the intersections of race and the environment.

January 30, 2021, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific, Zoom, Live
Winter Fishtrap: Resilience
Join a group of poets including Derek Sheffield, Todd Davis, Jane Hirshfield, and James Crews as they discuss and read from two anthology projects, Dear America and Healing the Divide, devoted to bringing us together and building community resilience through verse. In the afternoon, hear from prose writers and place-based activists about what resilience means in their lives and local communities.

January 10, 2021, 5 PM Pacific
Writing for Peace: Reading and Interview with Juniper Moon.

January 4, 2021, 6 PM Pacific
Elliott Bay Books, Zoom.
An Evening of Ecopoetry with Ellen Bass and Derek Sheffield. Join poets Ellen Bass and Derek Sheffield as they read from their new collections, Indigo and Not for Luck, and discuss the nature of ecopoetry in today’s world. Hosted by Elliott Bay Books. Preorder copies of Not for Luck here. Order copies of Indigo here. 

Not for Luck named a must-read poetry collection in The Millions. Jan. 4, 2021.

Reading with Dennis Held. Blacksmith House Poetry Series. Cambridge, MA. December 14, 2020. 

Broadsided Press nominates “Timid As Any Herd Thing” for a  Pushcart Prize. November 29, 2020.

Presenter. Virtual Town Hall: After the Election, Readings and Conversations sparked by Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy. Featuring Dear America co-editors Derek Sheffield, Elizabeth Dodd, and Simmons Buntin, with special guests Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming, and poet and essayist Cherene Sherrard. Hosted by Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, WA. November 10, 2020

Presenter. Writing the More-Than-Human World. Workshop and fundraiser co-sponsored by Write on the River, Terrain.org, and Wenatchee River Institute. Co-presented with Elizabeth Dodd. For more information, visit writeontheriver.org or wenatcheeriverinstitute.org. November 7, 2020.

Presenter. Virtual Town Hall: Readings and Conversations sparked by Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, featuring works from Sherwin Bitsui, Fenton Johnson, Elizabeth Dodd, Debra Marquart, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil; moderated by Terrain.org’s Simmons Buntin. October 21, 2020.

Moderator. Virtual Town Hall: Readings and Conversations Sparked by Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, featuring Victoria Chang, Chris Dombrowski, Jeffrey Foucault, David Gessner, and Ana Maria Spagna speaking and singing to the theme Geography of Hope: Writing Toward a Better Tomorrow. September 15, 2020.

Moderator. Virtual Town Hall: Readings and Conversations Sparked by Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, featuring J. Drew Lanham, Jane Hirshfield, Blas Falconer, and Kurt Caswell speaking to the theme Against Hatred: Writing that Builds Community. June 24, 2020.

Awarded a grant from the Allied Arts Foundation. Seattle, WA, July, 2020.

Commencement Speaker. Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA, June 19, 2020.

Mark Doty selects Not for Luck for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. February 2020.

Presenter and workshop leader. “One River, Many Voices / Un Rio, Muchas Voces.” With WA State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna. Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA, October 2019.

Presenter and workshop leader. “Walking the Wild Side.” With Ana Maria Spagna and Heather Murphy. Wenatchee River Institute and Write on the River, Leavenworth, WA, October 2019.

Presenter. “Fire in Paradise: A Poetry Reading Roundtable.” With Todd Davis, Cecily Parks, Rose McLarney, and Noah Davis. ASLE, Davis, CA, June 2019.

Chairperson and presenter. “How Animals Die: Renewing Human Empathy in a Human-centric Age.” With Kurt Caswell, J. Drew Lanham, Simmons Buntin, and John Lane. ASLE, Davis, CA, June 2019.

Chairperson. “Dear America: A Terrain.org Reading in Response to a Changing Landscape.” With Victoria Chang, Joe Wilkins, Alison Hawthorne Deming, and Blas Falconer. AWP, Portland, OR, March 2019.

“The Wren and the Jet at a Research Forest near Fort Knox…” selected by Vijay Seshadri as the finalist for the 2018 Crazyhorse Prize in Poetry.

Alcoa Excellence in Teaching Award. Wenatchee Valley College. Spring 2018.

Reader. “Dear America: The Terrain.org 20th Anniversary Reading.” With Joy Castro, Sean Hill, Rose McLarney, Taylor Brorby, Juan, Morales, and Alison Hawthorne Deming. AWP, Tampa, FL, March 2018.

Presenter and workshop leader. Wrote and presented a literary introduction of Arthur Sze. Gave a reading with Arthur Sze and Mark Irwin. Led students through an ecopoetry workshop in Zion National Park. Ecopoetry Gathering. Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, October 2017.

Presenter. Presented, gave a reading and talk with Paisley Rekdal, led a workshop, and taught classes on the villanelle form and the use of humor in poetry. LitFuse. Tieton, WA, Sept. 2017.

Linda Schultz Herzog Faculty Member of the Year Award. Wenatchee Valley College. June 2016.

“A True Account of Wood-Getting from up the Chumstick,” published in the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, receives a Special Mention in the 2016 Pushcart Prize Anthology. Nov. 2, 2015.

Visiting poet. Visited a class of poetry students who had studied my book, participated in a panel on ecopoetics, gave a reading. Gonzaga University. Spokane, WA. Oct. 2015.

Presenter. Presented, gave a reading with Ellen Bass, led a workshop, and taught a class on publishing. LitFuse. Tieton, WA, Sept. 2015.

Reader. “Resistance Movement: Readings from Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.” Panel reading with Keetje Kuipers, Nathanial Perry, Catherine Quayle, and Chris Dombrowski. Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Moscow, ID, June 2015.

Visiting poet. Worked with Kevin Goodan’s students in publication arts, gave a reading. Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, April 2015.

Washington State Book Award in Poetry. Finalist. Fall 2014.

Alcoa Excellence in Teaching Award. Wenatchee Valley College. Spring 2014.

Presenter and reader. With Blas Falconer, Oliver de la Paz, presented on the topic of “Family Matters: Ties & Legacies.” Gave a reading with Sherman Alexie and led a workshop. Skagit River Poetry Festival. LaConner, WA, May 2014.

Reader and panelist. With Renee Sarojini Saklikar and Gordon Miller. “Geopoetics: Regional Ecology and Poetry.” Cascadia Poetry Festival, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, May 4th, 2014.

Presenter. “Talking Back: A Tribute to and Celebration of David Wagoner.” Panel presentation with Suzanne Matson, Christopher Merrill, Martha Silano, and Dan Lamberton. Associated Writing Programs, Seattle, WA, Feb. 2014.

Visiting poet. Lion Rock Visiting Writer Series. Visited a class of poetry students and gave a reading. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, Feb. 11, 2014.

Reader. “The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead.” Pacific Northwest reading tour with poet Chris Dombrowski and singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Wenatchee Valley College, Elliott Bay Books, Gig Harbor Library, Nov. 2013.

Alcoa Excellence in Teaching Award. Wenatchee Valley College. Spring 2013.

Reader. “Wild Lives/Raucous Pens: Readings from Ecotone, Hawk & Handsaw, and Terrain.org.” Reading with David Gessner, Sheryl St. Germain, Cynthia Huntington, Joe Wilkins, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Hannah Kreitzer, and Bill Roorbach. Associated Writing Programs, Boston, MA, March 2013.

Visiting poet. Worked with Richard Kenney’s class, English 285: Writers on Writing. Gave a reading and answered questions to a class of about 60 students. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Feb. 2013.

Awarded a Sustainable Arts grant. Sustainable Arts Foundation. Fall 2012.

Awarded a fellowship by Artist Trust. Fall 2012.

Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Runner-up. Poetry Foundation. Graywolf Press. May 2012.

“On Turning One” wins the Summer Solstice Broadside Contest judged by Juniper White and Jill McCabe Johnson. Artsmith and Dwell Press. June 2012.

Presenter. “Ice on the Stove: How Poetry Responds to the Northern Imagination.” Panel presentation with Holly Hughes and Allen Braden. Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UAS, Juneau, AK, June 2012.

Reader. “A Sense of Place: The Washington Geospatial Poetry Celebration.” Provided individual feedback to students, gave a reading with other poets in celebration of the Geospatial Anthology. Central Washington University. May 2012.

Presenter. “The State of Sustainability at Wenatchee Valley College.” Curriculum for the Bioregion. Washington Center at Evergreen State College. Tierra Learning Center, Leavenworth, WA, Nov. 2011.

Presenter. “Volcanic Muse: Research and Creativity at Mount St. Helens: A Panel Presentation and Discussion.” With Dr. John Bishop, Dr. Jolie Kaytes, and Dr. Brittany Brand. Mount St. Helens Institute, Portland, OR, Jan. 2011.

Presenter. “After the Ashes: Writing from Mount St. Helens Field Residencies.” With Simmons Buntin and Dr. Elizabeth Dodd. Western Literature Association, Prescott, AZ, Oct. 2010.

Presenter. “Smoke and Mirrors: The Magic of Duality in Poetry.” With Allen Braden. Washington Community College Humanities Association, Lower Columbia College, Oct. 2009.

Presenter. “Not a Gated Community: On the Work of Making Poems.” With poet Kevin Miller. Write on the River, Wenatchee, WA, May 2009.

“Aubade” wins the inaugural Sparrow Prize in Poetry judged by Nick Neely. The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts. 2008.

A Revised Account of the West wins the inaugural Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award judged by Debra Marquart. 2008.

Walt Whitman Award. Finalist. Academy of American Poets. 2008.

Presenter. “Salmon and Sage: A Panel Reading and Talk by Northwest Writers.” With David Long, Kevin Miller, and Allen Braden. Western Literature Association, Tacoma, WA, Oct. 2007.

Alcoa Excellence in Teaching Award, Wenatchee Valley College. Spring 2007.

Presenter. “Science as Muse: How to Yoke the Language and Ideas of Science in Poetry.” Write in the Woods, Shelton, WA, May 2007.

Presenter and reader. “Science as Muse: How to Yoke the Language and Ideas of Science in Poetry.” Gave a reading with Naomi Shihab Nye. Burning Word, Washington Poets Association, Whidbey Is., WA, April 2007.

Presenter. Led a generative workshop focused on using memory in poetry. Olympia Poetry Network, Paul Gillie Memorial Workshop, Olympia, WA, Feb. 2007.

Presenter. “Science as Muse: How to Yoke the Language and Ideas of Science in Poetry.” Write on the Sound, Edmonds, WA, Oct. 2006.

Best Poem of Issue Award. Crosscurrents Magazine. WCTHA. Fall 2006.

Alcoa Excellence in Teaching Award, Wenatchee Valley College. Spring 2005.

Commencement Speaker, Wenatchee Valley College. June 2005.

Awarded GAP grant from Artist Trust. Spring, 2004.

“Ornithology 101” selected by Li-Young Lee for the James Hearst Poetry Prize. North American Review. March 2003.