Friday Live Readings

Our Friday Live Readings are hosted on Zoom, allowing our writing community a casual and intimate environment in which to hear authors read and discuss their work. You’ll find the Zoom links and passwords on our calendar of events and linked here. We hope you’ll join us and be as inspired as we are!

2020 Friday Live Readings, 8pm EDT

May 1, E. Ethelbert Miller

E. Ethelbert Miller reads from unpublished work as well as from his latest book, If God Invented Baseball, published by Simon and Schuster.  The discussion touches on process, politics, and spirituality.

Purchase If God Invented Baseball here.

Watch the Friday Live Reading with E. Ethelbert Miller.

May 15, Wang Ping

Wang Ping reads from her latest book of poems, My Name Is Immigrant, published by Hanging Loose Press.  Ping talks about how she came to poetry, her friendship with Allen Ginsberg, her research on fungi and Chinese medicine.

Purchase My Name Is Immigrant here.

Watch Friday Live Reading with Wang Ping now.

May 29, Veronica Golos

Veronica Golos reads from her latest book of poems, Girl, published by 3: A Taos Press, as well as poems from her earlier books. Discussion touches on her writing process, research, and the benefits of experimenting with form.

Purchase Girl by contacting her at

Watch Friday Live Reading with Veronica Golos now.

June 12, Erin Soros

Erin Soros reads from her work and discuss her Lyric Essay process.

Read her essay, “Who Could Have Lived” in The Puritan here.  Join us live tonight at 8pm EDT.

June 26, Lyla June Johnston

Lyla June Johnston (known publicly as Lyla June) will read her essay, The Story of How Humanity Fell In Love With Itself Once Again, and discuss her writing process and activism.

Learn about Lyla June and read more of her work here.

Watch Friday Live Reading with Lyla June here.


July 10, Stephen Kuusisto

Photo Credit Connie Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto reads from his latest book , Have Dog, Will Travel, published by Simon & Schuster. Stephen will discuss his work, process, and activism.

Learn more about Stephen here.

July 24, Martín Espada

Martín Espada (photo by David González)

On Friday, July 24th, Martín Espada will read from his new book, Floaters, discuss his process and activism, and answer questions.

Learn more about Martín Espada here.

Watch Martín Espada‘s reading here.



August 7, Peter Balakian

Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Balakian will read from his work and discuss poetry of witness.

Learn more about Peter Balakian here.

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Meeting ID: 854 6459 8638 Password: 510847

August 21, R.L. Maizes

Credit Adrianne Mathiowetz

R. L. Maizes will read from her new novel, Other People’s Pets, discuss her process and developing empathy through creative writing.

Learn more about R. L. Maizes here.

Watch R.L. Maizes’ reading here.



September 4th, James Scott Smith

James Scott Smith will read from his book, The Expanse of All Things, published by Homebound Publications.  

Watch the recording of James Scott Smith here.

James Scott Smith lives on a creek on the front range of the Colorado Rockies. Working at home for the last 15 years, James is co-founder of Tava Creative Studios. He reads and writes when he isn’t capturing images or fishing the waters of hidden canyons. His award winning collections of poetry include Water, Rocks and Trees and, The Expanse of All Things, published by Homebound Publications.

September 18th, Dinty W. Moore

Award Winning Author Dinty W. Moore will read from his book The Mindful Writer and discuss parallels between mindfulness training and the path of an artist.

Dinty W. Moore is author of the award-winning memoir Between Panic & Desire, the writing guides The Story Cure and Crafting the Personal Essay, and two books centered on his spiritual journey, The Accidental Buddhist and The Mindful Writer. He has published essays and stories in The Georgia Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He is founding editor of Brevity, the journal of flash nonfiction, and teaches master classes and workshops across the United States as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. More information can be found at

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