Public Readings

Please contact me if you are interested in inviting me read at your college or other venue.

NOTE: this is an older website ~ see Just a few commitments follow:

Upcoming commitments include fellowships at the Women’s International Studies Center and the Aldo & Estella Writing Residency in New Mexico (2022) and teaching at UT-Austin and at the Oak Spring Garden Foundation (2023), among other commitments.

Recent readings/presentations/performances include:

May 24-26, 2022: “Water in the West” @ Montana State University (Bozeman, MT).

May 19-22, 2022: “How Do You Do Public Humanities?” Digital Exhibit @ Consortium for Humanities Centers & Institutes (Duke University, NC).

May 6-9, 2022: “The Humanities in the Environment | The Environment in the Humanities”: symposium for 2020-2022 Faculty Fellows (UT-Austin).

March 2022: “Mining the West: Primary Elements” Digital Exhibit @ University of Utah with Utah Museum of Fine Arts & Marriott Library (Salt Lake City, UT).

March 14-18, 2022: Teaching week-long workshop on “Writing the Landscape” @ Oak Spring Garden Foundation (Upperville, VA).

October 18-22, 2021: Teaching week-long workshop on “Writing the Landscape” @ Oak Spring Garden Foundation (Upperville, VA).

As of Fall 2020-present: Senior Lecturer @ The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work, also 2020-2022 Faculty Fellow in UT’s Humanities Institute (Austin, TX).

August 2021: “Spiral Jetty: Resisting Reduction by Visual Reproduction,” Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Conference (online).

May 26, 2021: “What is Research? and D.A.R.E. to Research,” for Ruptures/Responses, annual conference for Consortium of Humanities Centers & Institutes (online).

May 14, 2021: “Life in the Tar Seeps,” ASLE Spotlight: “A Sense of Urgency” / Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Conference (online).

April 26, 2021: “Narratives of Climate & Change,” Environmental History Week @ American Society for Environmental History (online).

February 6, 2021: Cassandra in the Temples (my opera libretto on the climate crisis, composed by Elena Ruehr) performed by The Thirteen in pandemic performance, sponsored by Georgetown University Medical School’s Lombardi Arts & Humanities Program, Washington, DC (online).

December 7, 2020: “Walking the Tar Seeps near Spiral Jetty: A Meditation on Time in Space,” for “A New Poetics of Space: Literary Walks in times of Pandemics and Climate Change,” Mid Sweden University (online).

As of April 2020: Associate Director for Research at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

February 17-21, 2020: “Biodiversity Revisited” at Bellagio Center Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy.

October 2019-2020: “Critical Mass” (exhibit including my photography from “Life in the Tar Seeps” @ Platform Gallery, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA).

September 10-13, 2019: “Biodiversity Revisited” International Symposium, Luc Hoffmann Institute / World Wildlife Fund @ Vienna, Austria

June-July 2019: Co-Director of NEH Summer Institute on “Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere” at Georgetown University (Washington, DC).

May 30, 2019: “Biodiversity Revisited: Narratives,” Boston Biodiversity Talks, Luc Hoffman Institute @ Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies (Boston, MA).

May 2019: Writer-in-Residence at Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature (Montricher, Switzerland).

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January-April 2019: Writer-in-residence at the University of Utah as Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in Environmental Humanities (Salt Lake City, UT).

February 26, 2019 (12:00 p.m.): “Life in the Tar Seeps: Tectonic Essays,” Tanner Center for the Humanities, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT).

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October 5, 2018 (9:00 a.m.): “Intermedia Genres: Breathing Lessons in Changing Climates” in “Innovating Visions of the End and After” for &NOW Festival of Innovative Writing @ University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN). Panel includes Michael Mejia, Noy Holland, and Miranda Mellis.

June 27, 2018 (7:00 p.m.): “Tectonic Essays & Tar Seeps” | Artist-in-Residence Talk @ Taft-Nicholson Center in Environmental Humanities and Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (Lakeview, MT)

April 26, 2018 (7:00 p.m.): Creative Writing Faculty Reading @ Finch Lane Art Gallery, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

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April 17, 2018 (11:00 a.m.): “Sites and Sightlines: Collective Thinking in the Anthropocene” @ Environmental Humanities, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

March 27, 2018 (12:00 p.m.): “Thinking Like a Crosswalk” @ Tanner Center for the Humanities, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

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March 10, 2018 (4:30 p.m.): “Essaying Beyond the Page: Intermedia Essays” @ AWP Conference (Tampa, FL)

February 17, 2018 (11:00 a.m.): “The Art of Attention: Field Notes toward an Aesthetic Ecology” in “Environments of Wonder” @  University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

January-April 2018: Writer-in-residence at the University of Utah as Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in Environmental Humanities (Salt Lake City, UT).

June 11, 2017 (8 p.m.): Opera Librettist for public reading of “Crafting the Bonds” @ MIT (Cambridge, MA)

May 4, 2017 (2:00 p.m.): Visit to Humanities Foundations on “The Problem of Beauty” @ Davidson College (Davidson, NC)

November 3, 2016 (4:15 p.m.): Distinguished Speaker in Art History @ Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)


October 13, 2016 (7:30 p.m.): Annual Nonfiction Writer @ Creative Writing Program at Murray State University (Murray, KY)

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March 23, 2016 (4:00 p.m.) Fellow’s Talk on “Performing the Archives: As Opera” @ John Carter Brown Library, Brown University (Providence, RI)


December 2, 2015 (5:30 p.m.): “Ugliness: A Cultural History” @ University Club Book Fair (Washington, D.C.)

November 14 (8:00 p.m.)-November 15 (4:00 p.m.), 2015: Performances of “Cassandra in the Temples” by Capella Clausura (Boston, MA)

October 29, 2015 (2 p.m.): “Ugliness in Nineteenth-Century Art and the Body” @ Georgetown University, Department of Art and Art History (Washington, D.C.)

April 16, 2015 (12 p.m. and 4 p.m.): “College Humanities Lecture: Poetics of Embodiment” and “Craft Talk” @ Knox College (Galesburg, IL)

November 16-22, 2014: Visiting Artist Residency @ MIT for performance of my libretto, Cassandra in the Temples (composed by MIT faculty composer Elena Ruehr for NY Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth), thanks to support from MIT’s Center for Art, Society, & Technology (Cambridge, MA). PERFORMANCE: November 21, 2014.

October 30, 2014: Master Class @ MIT, sponsored by MIT’s Council for the Arts (Cambridge, MA)

September 4, 2014 (6:00 p.m.): “(de)Forming Histories: Experimenting with Text+Image” as Visiting Writer @ Berea College (Berea, KY)

Henderson-BereaJune 15, 2014: Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop / Instructors’ Reading @ Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

May 5, 2014 (6:00 p.m.): “(un)Writing the Book,” Annual Torrence C. Harder Endowed Lecture @ Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA)


March 1, 2014 (1:30 p.m.): “Please Mind the Gap: Innovative Approaches to Writing Historical Figures” (with Kelcey Parker, Caitlin Horrocks, Kathleen Rooney, and Kathy Day) @ AWP Conference (Seattle, WA)

February 28, 2014 (1:30 p.m.): “Women Writing Violence” (with Aimee Parkinson, Alissa Nutting, and Lily Hoang) @ AWP Conference (Seattle, WA)

October 30, 2013 (8:00 p.m.): Hamilton College (Clinton, NY), thanks to the college’s Reading Series and Department of English, especially Tina May Hall and her classes on “Monsters” and “Contemporary American Fiction”

September 28, 2013 (7:00 p.m.): Kick-off speaker for Vegas Valley Poetry Celebration (Las Vegas, NV)

2013_VegasValleyPoetryCelebrationSeptember 26, 2013: “Music/Noise/Sound” (9 a.m. with Davis Schneiderman, Matthew Kirkpatrick, and Don Meyer) and “Starcherone and the Novel” (2:00 p.m. with Ted Pelton, Donald Breckenridge, and Michael James Rizza) @ &NOW Festival (Boulder, CO)

June 16, 2013 (7:00 p.m.): Instructor Reading @ Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop (Gambier, OH)

April 27, 2013 (10:30 a.m.): “Galerie de Difformité: (un)Making the Artists’ Book” for “Artists’ Books: Turning the Page to the Future” @ Art Libraries Society of North America conference with Yvonne Boyer, Brad Freeman, Nina Schneider, and Tony White (Pasadena, CA)

April 8, 2013 (5:30 p.m.): “Galerie de Difformité: metaIntervention” @ MIT for Purple Blurb digital writing series (Cambridge, MA)

March 26, 2013 (4:10 p.m.): The House Enters the Street @ The Kenyon Review (Gambier, OH)

March 23, 2013 (10:30 a.m.): “Varieties of Silence” @ NEMLA conference with George Michelson Foy, Michael Green, Sandeep Parmar, Courtney McDermott, and Elizabethe Kelley (Boston, MA)

March 20, 2013: “Books Unbound: Future Visions of the Book” @ The Future of Book Publishing Program, organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, with MIT Industrial Liaison Program (Boston, MA)

March 18, 2013: “metaCATALOGUE” @ Days of DH Conference, Northeastern University, with Michael McCluskey, Elizabeth Watkins, and Sarah Zaidan (Boston, MA)

Saturday, March 9, 2013 (10:00 a.m.): Book signing @ AWP Bookfair at The Kenyon Review (Boston, MA)

Friday, March 8, 2013 (2:00 p.m.): Book signing of The House Enters the Street @ AWP Bookfair at Starcherone Books (Boston, MA)

Thursday, March 7, 2013 (10:30 a.m.): “Dancing about Architecture: Writing at the Intersection of Language, Art, and Music” @ AWP Conference with Michael Mejia, Debra DiBlasi, Jeffrey DeShell, and Katharine Whitcomb (Boston, MA)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 (7:15-8:45 p.m.): The House Enters the Street @ Festival of Language / AWP (Boston, MA)

Saturday, January 5, 2013 (10:15 a.m.): “Galerie de difformité: Disability Studies as Interdisciplinary Intervention” @ Modern Language Association conference with Encarnación Juárez-Almendros, Allison Cattell, and Ellen Samuels (Boston, MA)

Thursday, January 3, 2013 (1:45 p.m.): “Galerie de difformité: Turning (dis)Ability Inside Out” @ Modern Language Association conference with Susannah Mintz, Jessica Lewis-Turner, Jean Franzino, and Tom Ribitzky (Boston, MA)

Sunday, November 11, 2012 (3:00 p.m.): Leading a workshop on “Writing Movement/Moving Words” with dancer, Mariah Steele @ Boston Center for the Arts (Boston, MA)

Thursday, November 8, 2012 (4:00 p.m.): Keynote Speaker (“This is Not a Book: Melting Across Bounds”) for Five College symposium on “Non-Visible & Intangible: Artists Books respond to E-Books” @ Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)

Hampshire_SymposiumSaturday, September 29, 2012: “Furthering the Critical Dialogue” @ Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference conference@ PS1/MoMA with Tony White, Nancy Princenthal, and Kyle Schlesinger (New York, NY)

Thursday, May 31, 2012 (7:30 p.m.): “Cacophony” @ Lorem Ipsum with David Abel, Amy Berkowitz, & Joel Sloman (Cambridge, MA)

Saturday, May 5, 2012 (6 p.m.): Featured poet | Galerie de Difformité @ Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, thanks to the Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium on “Poiesis and Techne.”Princeton_CompLit_ColloquiumThursday-Friday, May 3-4, 2012: Galerie de Difformité @ “Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book” @ MIT (Cambridge, MA)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Galerie de Difformité @ NYU (New York, NY), sponsored by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communications, thanks to Mara Mills’ course on “History of Media and Communication”

Thursday, April 19, 2012: Galerie de Difformité @ Berry College (Mount Berry, GA), sponsored by the Department of English, thanks to Michael Mejia’s advanced fiction workshop: “Fiction in Other’s Words [Collage/Cut-up/Appropriation/Mashup/Remix]”

Thursday, April 12, 2012 (5:00 pm): Conversation @ Boston Museum of Fine Arts with Wendy Jacob (artist), Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (disability studies scholar), and Hansel Bauman (architect)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 (8:00 pm): Galerie de Difformité @ Flying Object with poets Amaranth Borsuk and Sam Lohmann (Hadley, MA), thanks to Nathaniel Otting

Thursday, March 29, 2012: Galerie de Difformité @ Kenyon College (working with Ellen Sheffield’s Book Arts class, thanks to the Mesaros Visiting Artist fund)

Monday, March 26, 2012: “A Book Grows In and Out of Itself” @ Galerie de Difformité  at the Lilly Library, University of Indiana (Bloomington, IN), thanks to the Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship

Saturday, March 3, 2012: Galerie de Difformité / AWP book signing @ The Kenyon Review table

Saturday, March 3, 2012: Starcherone Books reading (with Alissa Nutting, Matt Bell, Lily Hoang, and other wordrevelers) at The Green Door (Chicago, IL)

Friday, March 2, 2012: AWP Off-Site: Table X/Y Party & Reading Experiment, “Organized Cacophony” in chorus with many amazing writers at Outer Space Studi0 (Chicago, IL)

December 7, 2011: “Migratory Deformations” @ Proteus Gowanus (Brooklyn, NY)

ProteusGowanusNovember 22, 2011: Galerie de Difformité @ Writing and Humanistic Studies | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

November 9, 2011: “Beauty is a Verb” (with somatically-engaged poets Petra Kuppers, Jim Ferris, and David Woloch) @ University of Michigan and Work Gallery/School of Art and Design (Ann Arbor, MI)

November 7, 2011: Galerie de Difformité @ Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

October 14, 2011: “Collaborative Communities” & “Eclectic Fiction” @ &NOW Conference of Innovative Writing & Literary Arts (San Diego, CA)

October 5, 2011: Galerie de Difformité @ R.J. Julia Bookstore (Madison, CT)

June 22, 2011: “Generating Genres: Hybrid Writing, Collaborating, Practicing Play” @ Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop (Gambier, OH)

Earlier readings of creative work include Lake Forest College, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Missouri, and elsewhere, with presentations of scholarship at the annual conferences for the  Association of Art Historians, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, College English Association, College Book Art Association, American Comparative Literature Association, and elsewhere.