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Upcoming Readings & Events


Feb. 20-24  Writers in Mittens, Denali

April 3 Reading in Austin with Kate Gale
April 8-11 AWP Minneapolis                                                                                                                                                         

             Thurs. Offsite Alaska Reading; Friday, 4:30-5:30 Writing the Broken Body  Rm D & E, Level 1

June 12-16 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, Homer AK
July 12-26 FSAF Creative Writing Class
August 2-12 Rainier Writing Workshop Residency, PLU
August 9-16 AROHO Retreat, Ghost Ranch


February 26-March 1, 2014
AWP in Seattle
Robert Hass, Eva Saulitis, and Gary Snyder: Writing Nature in a Scientific Age
            (Sponsored by Red Hen Press)  Peggy Shumaker, moderator

            F312, Friday, 8:30  Ballroom E, WA State Convention Center
Writing the Midnight Sun: a Boreal Books Reading and Discussion
            (Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, Peggy Shumaker, Melina Draper, Erin Hollowell, Susanna Mischler)

             R243  Thurs. 3:00-4:15 Rm LL5 WESTERN NEW ENGLAND MFA ANNEX, LOWER LEVEL
Alaska Voices: A Reading by Alaska Literary Series Authors
            James Englehardt (moderator), John Morgan, Joan Kane, Sara Loewen, Holly Hughes) 
            Peggy Shumaker, series editor

            F201 Friday, 1:30-2:45 Redwood Rm, 2nd Floor

Red Hen Press Reading, Friday, 4:00-6:00  Hugo House

Booksigning, Cascadia Artist in Residence, 1:30 Saturday

Booksigning, Red Hen Press, times tba


March 16, 2014
Boreal Books in Hollywood

March 18, 2014
Boreal Books in Brooklyn

May 5, 2014

Reading at City Lights Bookstore, SF

 with Kate Gale and Doug Kearney

May 8, 2014
Reading with B. H. Fairchild
Poetry Foundation, Chicago

June 13-17, 2014

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, Homer AK

July 13-27, 2014

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

   Creative Writing Class

August 3-13, 2014

Rainier Writing Workshop Residency, PLU, Tacoma

Oct. 5  Anchorage Museum / Alaska Book Week

Deb Vanasse, Joan Kane, Seth Kanter, Beth Hall, Peggy Shumaker

Oct. 17-20  Artsmith residency and workshop, Orcas Island

Oct. 30, Reading at Changing Hands with Kate Gale and Pamela Uschuk, moderated by Cynthia Hogue

Oct. 31  Reading at Antigone Books with Kate Gale and Cynthia Hogue

*To arrange a reading, lecture, or guest appearance, please contact Peggy Shumaker.





March 6-9, 2013

AWP in Boston

Reading, Patricia Olson Bookfair Stage, Thursday 1:30-2:45

Panel, Write Short, Think Long, 3:00-4:15 Room 108 Hynes Convention Center, Plaza Level

       Signing to follow at Rose Metal Press Booth, Bookfair

Red Hen Booth, Bookfair, Thurs. & Fri. 11:00-12:00, Sat. 1:00-2:00

March 13, 2013

Boston Court, Pasadena CA

Reading with Katharine Coles, Terrance Hayes, Peggy Shumaker, Dan Vera

March 21,2013

University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson

Reading with Eloise Klein Healy

March 27, 2013

Salt Lake City reading with Kate Coles

and classroom visit with Joel Long

April 4, 2013

Prairie Schooner Book Prize 10th Anniversary Celebration

Lincoln NE

April 9, 2013

University of Alaska Anchorage reading

Alaska Literary Series and Boreal Books

with Erin Hollowell, Pause, Traveler

Mei Mei Evans, Oil and Water

Carolyn Kremers,

Sara Loewen, Gaining Daylight

Peggy Shumaker, Toucan Nest

April 14, 2013

Reading at the Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles

with Katie Farris, Eva Saulitis, Ilya Kaminsky

June 14-18, 2013

Kachemak Bay Writers Conference

Naomi Shihab Nye, keynote speaker

June 27-29, 2013

Jackson Hole Writing Conference

July 14-28, 2013

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

August 4-14, 2013

Rainier Writing Workshop Residency

August 20, 2013

Bryant Park, New York City 


September 27-29, 2013

LitFuse, Tieton WA

October 2-6, 2013

Nome, Alaska

One-credit course

September 13, 2013
Craft Talk
Reading from Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica
University of Alaska Fairbanks

September 14-15, 2013
Poems in Place Workshop and Dedication
Writing Our Places Writing Workshop
            with Peggy Shumaker and Frank Soos
Twin Bear Camp, Mile 30, Chena River State Recreation Area
Sat. Sept. 14  1:00-3:30 and Sun. Sept. 15  9:30-11:00
Dedication of poems for Chena River State Park
Rosehip Campground, Mile 27, 1:00 Sunday
North Fork Cabin  Mile 47.7 1:45 Sunday
Refreshments, Red Squirrel Campground, Mile 43
For more info:

September 20, 2013
Alaska Arts and Culture Trust Meetings
Dena'ina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave, Anchorage

September 27-29, 2013
LitFuse, Tieton WA

October 2-6, 2013
Nome, Alaska
One-credit course, reading at the library

November 10, 2013
Red Hen Press 19th Anniversary Champagne Fundraiser

Westin Pasadena

November 14, 2013
Panel: Translation: Writing and Visual Art
Writer's Voice Reading

Chico State Humanities Center
California State University, Chico




Past Appearances (a selected list)


Community Workshops & Residencies


  • Alaska State Writer Laureate visits to Healy, Homer, Pelican, Petersburg, Fairbanks, Skagway, Anchorage, Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau, Talkeetna, Palmer.  Visits coming up in Nome, Kotzebue, Kenai.

• Volcano Art Center (Hawai'i)
• Valley Center for the Deaf
• State prisons in Arizona and Alaska
• Valle del Sol (barrio youth)
• Navajo, Pima, Yaqui communities
• Santa Rosa Ranch School
• Young Writers at Work (programs in public libraries)

Readings, Lectures & Conferences


  • Poets House, NYC
  • University of Arizona Poetry Center
  • Writers@Work, young writers and poetry workshop (Utah)
  • Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
  • Pt. Townsend Writers' Conference
  • LitFuse
  • AWP panels and readings
  • NonfictioNow
  • Poetic Ecologies Conference (Brussels, Belguim)
  • Academy of American Poets events in New York,  Arizona, and Alaska
  • Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, Homer AK
  • Utah State Council on the Arts
  • Port Townsend Writers' Conference
  • Kodiak, Bethel, Juneau, Kenai, Sitka, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Unalaska
  • Wyoming Artspeak
  • Southwest Poetry Festival
  • Virginia State Poetry Society
  • Jewish Community Center (Norfolk)
  • Iowa State University
  • College of Santa Fe—Shapes of Poetry in the 21st Century
  • Whidbey Island Writers' Conference
  • UC Riverside Writers Week
  • Nonfiction Now in Melbourne Australia