Find the latest online and in-person events, readings, workshops, and more from BOA's authors. List updated weekly.
Tuesday, April 20
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents Kendra DeColo, author of I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World
Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore with poems that interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicholas Cage, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World (BOA, 2021) revitalizes the way we look at mothering: pushing its boundaries and reclaiming one’s spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Wednesday, April 21
7:00 PM (EST): Hudson Valley Writers Center presents Elana Bell, Deborah Paredez, and C. Dale Young
The Hudson Valley Writers Center will host an evening with Elana Bell, author of Mother Country (BOA, 2020), Deborah Paredez, author of Year of the Dog (BOA, 2020), and C. Dale Young. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Thursday, April 22
6:00 PM (CDT): BookPeople Panel Discussion of Nepantla Families: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families Between Worlds
Please join BookPeople for a panel discussion of Nepantla Families, featuring Diana Marie Delgado, author of Tracing The Horse (BOA, 2019). Deborah Paradez, author of Year of the Dog (BOA, 2020), has also contributed to the volume. Nepantla Familias brings together Mexican American narratives that explore and negotiate the many permutations of living in between different worlds—how the authors or their characters create, or fail to create, a cohesive identity amid the contradictions in their lives. Nepantla—or living in the in-between space of the borderland—is the focus of this anthology. The essays, poems, and short stories explore the in-between moments in Mexican American life—the family dynamics of living between traditional and contemporary worlds, between Spanish and English, between cultures with traditional and shifting identities. In times of change, family values are either adapted or discarded in the quest for self-discovery, part of the process of selecting and composing elements of a changing identity. This virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Thursday, April 22
7:00 PM (CT): Brazos Bookstore hosts Kevin Prufer in conversation with Craig Morgan Teicher
Please join Brazos Bookstore as Kevin Prufer reads from The Art of Fiction (Four Way, 2021) and Craig Morgan Teicher reads from Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey (BOA, 2021), and the two engage in conversation. This virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Sunday, April 25
7:00 PM (CT): Grackle and Grackle hosts Four Poets Launching: Readings from Erin Belieu, Justin Jannise, Kevin Prufer, and Paige Quinones
Please join Grackle and Grackle for this marvelous reading in celebration of new books just launched by four poets who have helped grow and nurture our writing community. We will be giving away a few copies of each of the poets’ new books. Readings from Erin Belieu, Kevin Prufer, Paige Quinones, and Justin Jannise, author of How to be Better by Being Worse (BOA, 2021). The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Tuesday, April 27
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents Rachel Mennies, author of The Naomi Letters
Told through a time-honored epistolary narrative, The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021) chronicles in poems the relationship between a woman speaker and Naomi, the woman she loves. These letter-poems form a braid, first from the use of found texts; next from the speaker’s personal observations about her bisexuality, Judaism, and mental illness; and lastly from her testimonies of past experiences. Her letters reveal the struggles, joys, and erasures the speaker endures as she becomes reacquainted with her own body following a long period of anxiety and suicidal ideation, working to recover both physically and emotionally as she grows to understand this long-distance love and its stakes. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Thursday, April 29
7:00 PM (EST): White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh hosts launch of The Naomi Letters by Rachel Mennies
White Whale Bookstore is so thrilled to help Rachel Mennies launch her latest collection of poetry, The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021). Mennies will be joined by Sumita Chakraborty, Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, and Emily Mohn-Slate for a reading. The event is free or pay-what-you-can and advance registration is required.
Thursday, April 29
6:30 PM (EST): Generative poetry Master Class with Reginald Gibbons at A Public Space Academy
Join award-winning author Reginald Gibbons, author of An Orchard in the Street (BOA, 2017), for this generative poetry Master Class at A Public Space Academy. Looking at work originally written in other languages can help to loosen our hesitations about our own writing. In this generative poetry Master Class, we will look at translated word-for-word “trots” of short poems from other languages as a way to unlock material of our own—images, feelings, memories—that we might not otherwise have thought of using. We will look at several short poems (from Spanish, Portuguese, French, and ancient Greek) in a word-for-word decoding, and explore how to use these “trots” to generate poems of our own. We will not be trying to replicate the poetics (sounds/rhymes, rhythms, stanzas, etc.) of the original poem; instead, we’ll deepen our ability to let each poem evoke in us images and moves that are our own. Everyone will generate two or three new poems in first-draft form. This Master Class is a combination of generative process and also of grasping more of our own inner resources.
Tuesday, May 4
7:00 PM (CDT): Rachel Mennies reads at Women and Children First Bookstore
Please help Women and Children First Bookstore celebrate the new poetry collection The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021) by Rachel Mennies. For this virtual event, she will be joined by poets Cortney Lamar Charleston and Emily Jungmin Yoon. The event is free and advance registration is required.
Tuesday, May 11
7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA presents E.C. Osondu, author of Alien Stories
Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories (BOA, 2021). With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and exterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending one with the other to call forth a whirlwind of otherness. Alien Stories breaks down the concept of foreignness to reveal what unites us all as ‘aliens’ within a complex and interconnected universe. The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Thursday, May 13
7:00 PM (CDT): Rachel Mennies reads with Ruth Awad and Maggie Smith at Pilsen Community Books
Rachel Mennies, author of The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021), will read at Pilsen Community Books with Ruth Awad and Maggie Smith. The virtual event is free and advance registration is required.
Wednesday, May 19
7:00 PM (EDT): Rachel Mennies reads at Scuppernong Books
Rachel Mennies, author of The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021), will read at Scuppernong Books with Emilia Phillips. The virtual event is free and advance registration is required.
Friday, May 21
7:00 PM (EDT): Virtual Craft Chat with E.C. Osondu and Zach Powers
The Writer’s Center presents a FREE virtual chat about the craft of fiction! We’re joined by E.C. Osondu to discuss his award-winning story collection, Alien Stories (BOA, 2021). E.C. will be in conversation with Zach Powers, past winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, Director of Communications at The Writer’s Center, and author of Gravity Changes (BOA, 2017). The virtual event is free with advance registration required.
Friday, May 28
7:00 PM (EDT): Rachel Mennies reads at Books Are Magic
Rachel Mennies, author of The Naomi Letters (BOA, 2021), will read at Books Are Magic with Tiana Clark. The virtual event is free and advance registration is required.
Author Readings On-Demand
Nurturing the Compassionate Community: An Evening to Honor Lucille Clifton at St. Mary's College of Maryland, featuring Li-Young Lee and Leah Naomi Green
Deborah Paredez reading at the Miami Book Fair
Deborah Paredez read from her new poetry collection Year of the Dog (BOA, 2020) in conversation with poet Leslie Sainz as part of the Miami Book Fair's first ever virtual festival. The video is available to watch on demand. A free and simple online registration at Miami Book Fair Online is required.
Tuesdays with BOA Editions (Past Events)
Join Writers & Books for Tuesdays with BOA Editions, the iconic Rochester-based publisher of poetry and literary works. Previous readings and conversations with some of today's most exciting authors are archived on the Writers & Books website for on-demand viewing.
Lucille Clifton: A Poet's Life and Legacy
BOA Editions and Hunger Media are delighted to present this mini-documentary "Lucille Clifton: A Poet's Life and Legacy," which provides an insightful overview of Lucille Clifton's life, career, and how her work continues to shape the contemporary poetic landscape! This short, ten-minute documentary shares the wisdom of one of the greatest American poets of our time.