I love to interact with students, book clubs, church groups, and other audiences about matters of faith and writing. Contact me to schedule a book signing, teaching, or speaking engagement.

Past Appearances:


Dallas Baptist University Symposium and DOXA Literary Festival, April 16-17, 2021

Roberts Wesleyan College Creative Writing Class Visit, March 10, 2021

Orrville Poetry Club, January 25, 2021


Lit Youngstown Poetry Reading, April 3, 2019

Windhover Writers Festival – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, February 13-15, 2019


October 28-29, 2016 Presenting two panels – The Ties that Bind: Finding a Structure for Your Nonfiction and Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Making Room for Writing in the Daily Grind at the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana. I will also give eight consultations during the conference for those interested.

April 14-16 Love and Marriage: Writing our Most Intimate Relationships, with Susanna Childress, Brent Newsom and Addie Zierman. Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, Michigan

October 30-31, 2015
 Indiana Faith and Writing Conference, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana

October 10, 2015 New Buffalo Library Poetry Reading, New Buffalo Township, Michigan

October 3, 2015 Writing Workshop: Creating Poetry from Shadows and Dreams (ekphrastic poetry workshop), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

July 31, 2015
Ashland University MFA Program, Ashland, Ohio

May 29-31, 2015 
“Negotiating the Plasmapause: Patterned Images, Delayed Revelation, and Sheer Awesomeness in Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth” with Jill Christman, River Teeth Nonfiction Conference, Ashland, Ohio

April 9, 2015 
“Bravery and Bearing Witness: The Power of Vulnerability in Nonfiction” with Brenda Miller, Kate Hopper, Bonnie J. Rough and Marilyn Bousquin, AWP Conference, Minneapolis, MN

April 9, 2015 Off-Site Reading, Minneapolis, MN

October 31-November 1, 2014 Indiana Faith and Writing Conference, Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana

July 20-August 2, 2014
“Getting Connected: Literary Citizenship,” Ashland MFA Summer Residency, Ashland, Ohio

July 1-August 15, 2014 Online Instructor for The Masters Review Summer Workshop

May 30-June 1, 2014 River Teeth Nonfiction Conference, Ashland, Ohio

April 26, 2014 “Curiosity Killed the Cat, but Research Rescued the Writer,” Columbus State Community College Writers Conference, Columbus, Ohio

April 22, 2014 
Poetry Reading, Wayne County Library, Ohio

April 10-12, 2014 Lunch Forum on Publishing, Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, Michigan

April 4-5, 2014 Book signing at Downtown Perk, Ashland, Ohio

April 1, 2014 Reading, Your Vine or Mine, Painesville, Ohio

March 15, 2014
Reading, Borderlands Poetry Series, Main Street Books, Mansfield, Ohio

February 28, 2014 River Teeth 15th Anniversary Reading, AWP Conference, Seattle, Washington

February 28, 2014 Poetry Reading with WordFarm, AWP Conference, Seattle, Washington

November 23-24, 2013 Ashland Poetry Workshops, Ashland, Ohio

November 7, 2013, 7 p.m. Reading at Beehive Books, Delaware, Ohio

October 22, 2013, 7 p.m. Reading at Sip’s Cafe, Mount Vernon, Ohio

May 19, 2013 River Teeth Nonfiction Conference, Ashland, Ohio

May 11, 2013 Reading and Book Signing, Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus, Ohio

March 21, 2013 Class Visit, Taylor University, Indiana

March 20-21, 2013 Ball State University First Books Event, Muncie, Indiana

March 8, 2013 “Faithful Niche or Faithful Kitsch? The Necessity of Christian Literary Publishing” Panel Moderator at AWP Conference, Boston, Massachusetts

February 26, 2013, 6 p.m. Reading at Sip’s Cafe, Mount Vernon, Ohio

Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2 Poetry Workshop at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Monday, October 29, 4:30 p.m. Reading, Schar College of Education, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m. Reading, Tim Horton’s, Coshocton, Ohio

Sunday, September 23, 7 p.m. Peripatetic Poets Reading, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, September 12, 7 p.m. Reading, Mac’s Backs, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Tuesday, August 28, 6 p.m. Reading, Sip’s Cafe, Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Monday, August 6, 7 p.m.
Ashland University Summer Residency – “Spreading the Word: Poetry in Public,” Ashland, Ohio

Sunday, August 5, 7 p.m. Ashland University Summer Residency Reading, Ashland, Ohio

May 18-20 River Teeth Nonfiction Conference – “Motherhood and Writing” Panel and “Spreading the Word” Panel (on Marketing and ePublishing), Ashland, Ohio

April 19-21 Festival of Faith and Writing – “Poetry As Worship, Poetry in Worship: Inviting Creativity into the Worship Experience”, Thursday, April 19, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan: This session will explore ways in which canonized and contemporary poets alike have incorporated spirituality into their writing as an act of worship. Tips will be given to help the writer engage the Holy Spirit in the act of writing as well as ideas poets can take back to their places of worship to incorporate the written word into the corporate worship experience. Also sitting on a literary publishing panel Saturday, April 21.


February Poetry Reading and Workshop Y-City Writers Group Zanesville, Ohio

Saturday, July 31, 7 p.m. Ashland University Summer Residency Reading, Ashland, Ohio


Friday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. Poetry Reading – New Beginnings Cafe Marion, Ohio

Saturday, May 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Ohioana Book Fair, Author Signing Columbus, Ohio

Ashland University Summer Residency Ashland, Ohio (follow the link to watch my reading)


Sunday, April 19, 2-4 p.m. New Words 2009 Poetry Contest Reading Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio

Monday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. Reading in Conjunction with River Teeth Reading Schar College of Education Building – Ronk Lecture Hall Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio

Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Reading with Joanne Lehman Sips Cafe in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Saturday, June 6 at 3:20 p.m. Reading Columbus Arts Festival Poetry Tent Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Reading and Book Signing Bainbridge Public Library Bainbridge, Ohio

Monday, July 27 at 6:45 p.m. Reading to Open Up for Scott Russell Sanders Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Education Ashland University MFA Program Summer Residency Ashland, Ohio

Thursday, August 20, 7-9 p.m. Reading Tim Horton’s in Coshocton, Ohio

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