Current News + Forthcoming Events
October 1, 2021
Shenandoah nominates “Monsters” for the 2021 Best of the Net anthology.
October 28, 2021, Visiting Writer
Western Colorado University, MFA Program in Nature Writing
March 23-26, 2022, AWP Conference, Philadelphia, PA
1. Socializing the Nature Poem: The Non-Human World and Identity: A Panel Reading with Elizabeth Bradfield, Chaun Ballard, Elizabeth Aoki, and Michael Wasson.
2. Urgent Wonder: The Practice and Paradox of Teaching Environmental Writing: A Panel Presentation with Ana Maria Spagna, CMarie Fuhrman, Laura Pritchett, and Nicole Walker.
Previous News + Events
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 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.
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 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 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.
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