Calendar

March 9 and 10, AWP Convention, Tampa, Florida

On Friday, March 9th, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m., I’ll be part of “A Reading from Flash Nonfiction Funny,” which will focus on the new collection Flash Funny (non) Fiction, edited by Tom Hazuka and Dinty W. Moore and including an essay from my epic experience working at the Tampax factory down the street from my childhood home. Tom, plus Wendy Brenner, Michael Martone, Sandra Gail Lambert, and Suzanne will read their pieces—and others—from the collection celebrating the short form and humor. And on Saturday, March 10th, from 1:30-2:45 p.m., I’ll join Stonecoast alum Melanie Brooks plus Richard Blanco, Andre Dubus III, and Kyoko Mori on the panel “Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Tackling Stories of Trauma.” Richard, Andre, Kyoko and I are among the 18 authors Melanie interviewed for her essential Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma (Beacon). Registration is required.

March 13, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Florida, 7 p.m.

Tommy Shea and I make our third return to Trinity Preparatory School and will give a reading at Freitag & Falk Theater on campus. The event is open to the public free of charge.

March 27, Writing Retreat Webinar

I’ll be doing a webinar on writing retreats at noon on March 27. Bay Path University MFA Director Leanna James Blackwell will lead the session. Stay tuned for more details.

April 8, Irish Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, 1 to 4 p.m.

Meet and hear from Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi and subject of “This Is Paradise” as she returns to the region to update supporters on big changes including a new clinic for her region’s AIDS/HIV population. I’ll do a brief reading from “This Is Paradise” and we’ll be selling copies of the book, crafts from Chembe Village, plus signature drinks from the Trinity Pub, all to benefit the clinic. Order from the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant menu and enjoy lunch during the program. Open to the public, free-will offerings gratefully accepted. Irish Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, Mass.

April 10, Harrington Hospital, Southbridge, Massachusetts, 2 to 4 p.m.

The Harrington Hospital’s Auxiliary hosts a reception for Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi and subject of “This Is Paradise” as she returns to the region to update supporters on big changes including a new clinic for her region’s AIDS/HIV population. I’ll do a brief reading from “This Is Paradise” and we’ll be selling copies of the book, plus crafts from Chembe Village. The event is open to the public but registration is requested. Harrington Hospital, 94 South St, Southbridge, Mass.

April 11, Gaelic-American Club, Fairfield, Connecticut (Time TBA)

The Gaelic-American Club hosts a reception for Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi and subject of “This Is Paradise” as she returns to the region to update supporters on big changes including a new clinic for her region’s AIDS/HIV population. I’ll do a brief reading from “This Is Paradise” and we’ll be selling copies of the book, plus crafts from Chembe Village. Gaelic-American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, Connecticut.

April 12, Suffield Country Club, Suffield, Connecticut (Time TBA)

A reception for Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi and subject of “This Is Paradise” as she returns to the region to update supporters on big changes including a new clinic for her region’s AIDS/HIV population. I’ll do a brief reading from “This Is Paradise” and we’ll be selling copies of the book, plus crafts from Chembe Village. Suffield Country Club, 341 North Main St., Suffield, Connecticut.

April 15, Writers’ Day, Bay Path University

Join me for a full afternoon of talks on writing, starting at 12:30 with “Immersion Starts with ‘I,'” in which Jonathan Green (Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood and Betrayal) and I will talk about immersion journalism, our related writing, great books done via that method, and more. Other speakers on the roster: Karol Jackowski, Lisa Romeo and Sophfronia Scott.

May 10, Amherst Books, Amherst, Massachusetts, 7 p.m.

I’ll be reading with Lisa Romeo, author of the new memoir Starting With Goodbye and faculty member at Bay Path University’s MFA program in creative nonfiction. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst, Massachusetts.

July 8 to 18, Stonecoast MFA Residency, Freeport, Maine

Leading workshops, speaking, reading, plus reuniting with our tremendous students, faculty and staff.

July 28 – Aug. 4, Summer Writing Seminar, Dingle, Ireland

Bay Path University’s Fourth Annual Summer Writing Seminar will feature writers and poets including Ted Deppe, Mia Gallagher, Ann Hood, Dinty W. Moore, Nuala Ni Chonchuir, Michael Ruhlman, Tommy Shea and yours truly. The week is open to those enrolled in Bay Path’s MFA program in creative nonfiction, and to writers from the larger community and writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Workshops, talks, readings, music and more.

Sept. 26, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, Massachusetts, 7 p.m.

Readings from the teen idol essay collection Idol Talk, edited by Elizabeth Searle and Tamra Wilson. Elizabeth Searle, Leslea Newman and I will read the pieces we contributed to the book, mine focusing on noneother than Bobby Orr, for whom I swooned back then. Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton, Massachusetts.