Sunday Live Readings

Our readings are on hold for the time being, but please peruse our past readings. You can find them below in alphabetical order.

Sunday Live Readings

Watch Past Readings (Listed Alphabetically)

Zoya Ahmed is the Sonoma County Poet Laureate. She was not only a 2019 California Poetry Out Loud finalist, but she won the 2019 California’s Poetry Ourselves competition with her original poem “A Concerto of Spice”. Ahmed attempts to embrace her rich South Asian ancestorhood, and confront the minutiae of privilege and power, microaggressions, and the facade of the American Dream.

Watch Zoya Ahmed’s Reading

Cynthia Atkins is the author of Psyche’s Weathers, In The Event of Full Disclosure (CW Books), Still-Life With God (Saint Julian Press 2020).  Atkins served as assistant director for the Poetry Society of America. She is an Interviews Editor for American Microreviews and Interviews. Learn more about her work at Watch Cynthia Atkin’s Reading.

Katie Arnold is a contributing editor and former managing editor at Outside Magazine. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Men’s JournalESPN the MagazineMarie ClaireRunner’s WorldElle, and Sunset, among others. Running Home is her first book. Watch Katie Arnold’s Reading.

Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Balakian reads from his work, discusses poetry of witness, and talks about his writing process.

Watch Peter Balakian’s Reading.

David Gilbreath Barton reads from his new book Havel: Unfinished Revolution, a biography of Vaclav Havel. David Gilbreath Barton is a psychotherapist and Associate Professor of Humanities at Northern New Mexico College. Watch David Gilbreath Barton’s reading now.

Lauren Camp is the author of five books, most recently Took House (Tupelo Press, 2020), which Publishers Weekly calls a “stirring, original collection.” Her poems and interviews have appeared in Witness, Poet Lore, The Rumpus, DoveTales and other journals in the US and abroad.

Watch Lauren Camp’s Reading Now.

Noah Davis, WriterNoah Davis grew up in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and writes about the Allegheny Front. Davis’ manuscript Of This River was selected by George Ella Lyon for the 2019 Wheelbarrow Emerging Poet Book Prize from Michigan State University’s Center for Poetry.

Watch Noah Davis’ Reading

Martín Espada reads from his new book, Floaters, discusses his process and activism, and answer questions.

Photo by David González.

Watch Martín Espada’s Reading.

CMarie Fuhrman, poet, editor, and essayistCMarie Fuhrman is the author of Camped Beneath the Dam: Poems (Floodgate 2020) and co-editor of Native Voices (Tupelo 2019). She has published poetry and nonfiction in multiple journals and is a regular columnist for the Inlander, the Translations Editor for Broadsided Press, Non Fiction Editor for High Desert Journal, and Director of the Elk River Writers Conference.  She resides in the mountains of West Central Idaho. Watch CMarie Fuhrman’s Reading

Veronica Golos reads from 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.

Watch Veronica Golos’ Reading.

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

Watch Lyla June’s Reading.

Ashley M. Jones, the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017)dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019)and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021), discusses art, politics, the power of words, love, and more.

Watch Ashley M. Jones’ Reading.

Stephen Kuusisto reads from his latest book, Have Dog, Will Travel, published by Simon & Schuster. Stephen discusses his work, process, and activism, as well as the meaning, importance and development of love. Photo Credit Connie Kuusisto.Watch Stephen Kuusisto’s Reading.

BK Loren will read both new and familiar work and discuss her views on a writer’s social responsibility and the path of the writer during difficult times. BK Loren is the author of Theft: A Novel and Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food.  More information can be found at bkloren.comWatch BK Loren’s Reading.

R. L. Maizes reads from her new novel, Other People’s Pets, discusses developing empathy through creative writing, her process, and how to encourage kindness, responsible stewardship of our planet and other positive change without lecturing the reader.  Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.Watch R.L. Maizes’ Reading.

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.

Watch E. Ethelbert Miller’s Reading.

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

Watch Dinty W. Moore’s Reading.


Scott Nadelson is the author of a novel, Between You and Me, a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress, and five story collections, most recently The Fourth Corner of the World, named a Jewish Fiction Prize Honor Book by the Association of Jewish Libraries, and One of Us, winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize in Short Fiction. Watch Scott Nadelson’s reading.

William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight, a finalist for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation. All nine Neruda translations are published by Copper Canyon Press. O’Daly’s books of poems include The Whale in the Web, also published by Copper Canyon, as well as The Road to Isla Negra (2015), Water Ways (2017, a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke (2018), the latter three published by Folded Word Press. Watch William O’Daly’s Reading.

Writing for Peace Adviser Wang PingWang Ping reads from 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.

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Lia Purpura, the award winning essayist, poet, and translator, reads some of her newest work–poems from It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin) and essays from All the Fierce Tethers (Sarabande Books).

Watch Lia Purura’s Reading.

Phillip Richard’s memoir, An Integrated Boyhood: Coming of Age in White Cleveland, tells the story of growing up black in America during the 1950s and 1960s. He writes about contemporary African American cultural issues and poetry. 

Watch Phillip Richards Reading.

Tina Schumann is a Pushcart nominated poet and the author of three poetry collections, Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019) Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2017)  and As If (Parlor City Press, 2010).

Watch Tina Schumann’s Reading

Michael Simms, Writer and Editor

Michael Simms has been active in politics and poetry for over 40 years as a writer, teacher, editor, and community activist. He is the founder of Autumn House Press, a nonprofit publisher of books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and the founder of Vox Populi, an online gazette for poetry, politics and nature. He’s also the author of four collections of poetry and a college textbook about poetry — and the lead editor of over 100 published books. Simms has won a number of awards and fellowships, including a Certificate of Recognition in 2011 from the Pennsylvania State Legislature for his contribution to the arts. Simms has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. Simms is a childhood sexual abuse survivor, a person with autism who did not learn to speak until he was five years old, and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with 35 years of sobriety. He lives with his wife Eva, a psychologist, in the historic Mount Washington neighborhood overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. Simms’ most recent collection of poems is American Ash.

Watch Michael Simms’ Reading

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, which he coedited with Simmons Buntin and Elizabeth Dodd.

Watch Derek Sheffield’s Reading.

James Scott Smith reads from his award-winning collection, The Expanse of All Things, published by Homebound Publications, discusses his process and spiritual growth.

Watch James Scott Smith’s Reading.

Erin Soros reads from her work and discusses her Lyric Essay process, as well as her thoughts on appropriation. Read her essay, “Who Could Have Lived” in The Puritan here.  Join us live tonight at 8pm EDT.

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of a dozen books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, which was shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, he is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California, where he edits the literary journal Air/Light. Watch David Ulin’s Reading.

Robert Wrigley’s most recent book is Box (Penguin, 2017).  A collection of essays, mostly on poetry, Nemerov’s Door, will be published next spring by Tupelo Press.  Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, he lives in the woods of northern Idaho, with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes. Watch Robert Wrigley’s Reading.

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