Places you can find me


March 5-8, 2020, AWP Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

March 11-13, National Book Critics Circle reading and awards, The New School, NY, NY.

October 17-18, 2020, Word Festival. Blue Hill, Maine.

September 19-20, Luther College Writers Festival, Decorah, Iowa.

November 5, Interabang Books, 6:30 pm, Dallas, Texas with my pals David Searcy and Ben Fountain.

Already happened. Where were you?

October 15 – December 15, 2019, Corsicana, Texas. I will be a resident writer at 100 West Corsicana because of the super generous people running this project/building/collective. Come on out for a reading and slide show at 100W on December 14th.

September 11, 2019: Twenty Stories, 7pm, 107 Ives Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906. I’ll be talking with Bathsheba Demuth about her new book The Floating Coast: an environmental history of the Bering Strait (Norton). Facebook event page is HERE.

March 27-30, 2019 AWP Conference, Portland, Oregon. I’ll be hanging out at the book fair at the National Book Critics Circle table, the Orion Magazine table, and probably also in several breweries.

AWP: March 28, 2019 at West Coast Grocery, 6:30 pm with Aminatta Forna, John Freeman, Matt Sumell.

November 4, 2018. Downtown for Democracy, Readings in Protest. Deitch Project. Manhattan.

September 11, 2018: Greenlight Bookstore at Prospect Lefferts Gardens: 632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore), Brooklyn, NY 11225, 7:30 pm. I’ll be talking with Jess Bruder about her book, Nomadland, which is coming out in paperback to a bookstore near you (i.e. Greenlight!). There will be wine.

May 14, 2018. Print Bookstore, Portland, ME. John Freeman, Richard Russo, and I will probably talk about Maine and paper mills (see Empire Falls), what it’s like living in and leaving blue collar towns, how America is broken, and how to alleviate the suffering of our divided nation.

May 3, 2018. Community Bookstore, Park Slope, Brooklyn. I’ll be talking with the erudite Norwegian author, Hanne Ørstavik about her novel, LOVE (Archipelago Books), translated by Martin Aitken.

April 21, 2018.  PEN Literary Crawl, NYC, “A Little Box of Yes.” Join me, other writers (TBD), and Brian Mooney of Storymatic for a bit of improvisational storytelling. Writers draw cards from the Synapsis box, a storytelling game, prompting us to write sentences. Then we answer Qs about our sentence. As we talk about our story, we discover it. This will be a true nightmare for me; writing one sentence can take me days. I hope you won’t have to wait that long.

April 9, 2018, 7:30 pm. Tyler Wetherall and I will be talking about her new book, No Way Home, at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY.

March 17, 2018. Teaching atThe Graduate Institute nonfiction seminar “Applied Storytelling” Bethany CT.

March 14 & 15, 2018. National Book Critics Circle finalist readings and awards.  Readings and awards are free, but our post-award fundraiser is not. Tix HERE.

March 7-11, 2018 at AWP 2018 Bookfair and Conference in Tampa, FL.  I’ll be at the National Book Critics Circle table and in the pool.

February 5-15, 2018 at Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Norway trying to finish my book.

October 25, 2017, 12-1pm, Office of Justice & Equity, Bates College, Maine My excerpt from Freeman’s will be discussed at The Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), who invites members of the Bates College community and neighbors in Lewiston/Auburn to participate in their Justice and Equity Reading Group. More information HERE.

October 15, 2017 Brattelboro, VT talking with John Freeman and Emily Raboteau about home, our pieces in a recent issue of Freeman’s, and other things at the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

October 3, 2017, 7pm, at The Center for Fiction, NY, NY: Acclaimed authors Jonathan Dee and Scott Spencer and I will discuss the oft-grim reality of the American Dream explored in their latest novels. Dee’s, The Locals, centers on a rural, working-class New England town that elects a hedge fund millionaire from New York as mayor in the months following 9/11 and the class-based tensions that arise. Spencer’s River Under the Road follows the lives of two couples over twenty years and the fragile balance between triumph and defeat, creativity and commerce. LINK

June 9, 2017 6pm at Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167, Oslo, Norway: “So how did you get here? A Freeman’s magazine launch” with Rabih Alamedddine, John Freeman, Aminatta Forna, and me.

June 7, 2017 1:15pm in Room B2, Niagara, Malmö University: “Home at the Crossroads: Imagining the City by artistic and academic means.” In collaboration between Freeman’s Journal and the Conviviality at the Crossroads network at Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, with Rabih Alamedddine, John Freeman, and me.

June 6, 2017, 7pm at Litteraturhuset ved Vandkunsten, Nybrogade 28, 1203 Copenhagen, Denmark:  “So how did you get here? A Freeman’s magazine launch” with Rabih Alamedddine, John Freeman, and me.

June 5, 2017 Bokförlaget Polaris, (Freeman’s Swedish publisher) Villa Ludvigsberg, Ludvigsbergsgatan 20, Stockholm (private event) with Rabih Alamedddine, me, and John Freeman.

May 31st and June 1st, 2017 BEA, Javitz Center and thereabouts.

May 9, 2017 at Jim Aylward’s Mountain Valley High School AP English Class!

May 2, 2017 at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY, 7pm (Prospect Lefferts Gardens Location, 632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore)Brooklyn, NY 11225): Barry Lopez, Emily Robateau, Lawrence Joseph and I will discuss with John Freeman our pieces about “home” in the Spring 2017 edition of Freeman’s biannual lit mag.

April 27, 2017 Marymount Manhattan College Guest lecturer “Deep dive research,” Advanced Journalism course.

April 22, 2017 at Silent Green Kulturquartier in Berlin, GERMANY, 7pm: Xiaolu Guo, Nadifa Mohamed, and Adania Shibli and I will discuss with John Freeman our pieces about “home” in the Spring 2017 edition of Freeman’s biannual lit mag.

April 17, 2017 at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Manhattan, 7pm: Lawrence Joseph, Greg Pardlo, and I will discuss with John Freeman our pieces in the Spring 2017 edition of Freeman’s biannual lit mag.

March 15-16, 2017: National Book Critics Circle Reading and Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm at The New School 66 West 12th Street New York, NY. Buy tickets for the reception HERE.

Feb 9-11, 2017: AWP writers’ conference in Washington, DC at the National Book Critics Circle table (#313).

2 thoughts on “Places you can find me

  1. Kerri, please let me know if you have any speaking engagements in the Bangor/Orono area. I currently work for the Upward Bound Program at the University of Maine. It would be an honor to have you speak to our (Low Income, First Generation) students. I’m quite certain there are a few writers in our active UB students. PS) Be well.


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