Celebration of the Arts, West Liberty Public Library, May 19 1-4 pm

2017 Appearances

Book Bums, West Liberty Public Library, West Liberty, IA, November 4

I gave a panel on preparing submission materials for querying journals and magazine, agents, and editors. Other panels covered marketing, setting, and writing in collaboration. Always great writing advice on tap at this event, and it’s all free.

Banned Books Reading, Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island, IL, September 27, 6:00 pm

Who does’t enjoy the naughty bits from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Miller’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales. Full of lewdness and obscenity, and guess what—also classic, canonical literature.

Expressing the Psalms Workshop, St. Mary’s Monastery, Rock Island, IL, September 8-9

Great River Writer’s Retreat Reading, Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island, IL, September 6, 6:00 pm

Third Annual Clinton Book Festival at Clinton Community College, Clinton, IA, August 26

As part of a panel on writing with research, I shared this word cloud I generated at about all the ways research can inform historical writing. We found quite serendipitous what emerged at the center—reminding us what real stories are all about.

Clinton Reads: Writing with Research, Clinton Public Library, July 20

Creativity Camp, Langwood Education Center, Grandview, IA, May 19-21

Rock Town Lit Fest, Rock Island, IL, May 5-6


2016 Appearances

Author reading, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, November 7

Fall fiction workshops hosted by Writers on the Avenue, October and November

Clinton Book Festival, Clinton Public Library, Clinton, IA, August 27

Author signing, Deana’s Java Cafe, Clinton, IA, July 9

Book launch party for A Lesson in Manners

As part of Muscatine’s first Second Saturday, an arts and music street fest, I threw a bash at the Muscatine History and Industry Center to celebrate the publication of A Lesson in Manners! There were drawings for prizes, etiquette competitions, a groaning table full of food, and, I hope, a good time had by all.

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Writers on the Avenue Poetry Festival, Muscatine, IA, April 30

Read Local Program, Bettendorf Public Library, Bettendorf, IA, April 27

Author signing, Elly’s Tea & Coffee, Muscatine, IA, April 32

Classroom visit, City High School, Iowa City, IA, March 31

SISTERS Reading, Muscatine, IA, March 8

SISTERS: An AnthologySeveral leading local women came together to read from SISTERS: An Anthology to celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, at the Muscatine History and Industry Center. This was a lovely, heartfelt, and moving celebration of sisterhood, women’s voices, and a community of accomplished people (and a front-page write-up in the newspaper the following day, too!). The event was taped thanks to faculty at MCC, and you might catch it running on the public access channel, Channel 9. Many thanks to sponsors Musser Public Library, Writers on the Avenue, and the Muscatine History and Industry Center for hosting this event.

2015 Appearances

Author fair, Moline Public Library, Moline, IL, December 5

Book Bums Writer’s Workshop, West Liberty Public Library, West Liberty, IA, November 7

Opening reader, SPECTRA Reading Series, Rock Island, IL, October 29

Researching and Writing Historical Fiction, Midwest Writing Center, October 17

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