Appearances



I’ll be doing talks, readings, workshops, and seminars on the dates and at the venues below. New events and details will be added as they’re confirmed. Most events are open to the public. I hope to see you at one of them!

Upcoming Events:

2022

Sept. 19-22–Workshop, Emerging Writers Mentorship Program, Collegeville Institute, MN

Sept. 19–Book club, Minneapolis, MN, private event

Please contact me if you’re interested in hosting a talk, reading, workshop or seminar.

Previous Events:

2015

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Wednesday, June 17–Mountain Writers, Vie de Bohème, Portland, OR

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Saturday, August 29–1 p.m.–Lopez Library, Lopez Island, WA

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Friday, September 4–6:30–Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S, Edmonds, WA

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Saturday, September 5–6 p.m.–Seattle Book Launch!–University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

Monday, September 14–5 p.m.–Andrew White Student Center 4th Floor Program Room, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD, sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program and the Departments of English and Writing

Tuesday, September 15–4:30–Lee Reception Room, Reinsch Library, Main Campus, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Theology & Religious Studies

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Wednesday, September 16–New York Book Launch at Lincoln Center!–6 p.m., 12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, NYC, co-sponsored by Fordham University Press and The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University

Thursday, September 17–7 p.m.–Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT, co-sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing, the Center for Catholic Studies, and the Learning for a Lifetime Program at Fairfield University

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Friday, September 18–7:45 p.m.–”The Wise Simplicity of Robert Lax,” Mary House, Catholic Worker, 55 E. 3rd, NYC

Saturday, September 19–2 p.m.–International Thomas Merton Society Chapter, Corpus Christi Church, 529 W. 121st, NYC

Sunday, September 20–11 a.m. to noon–book signing–Fordham University Press booth, Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn, NY

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Monday, September 21–7 p.m.–In conversation with C.K. Williams, Richard Kostelanetz and Paolo Javier, McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., NYC

Tuesday, September 22–7 p.m.–Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, September 24–11:45 a.m.–St. John’s University, MN (by invitation only)

Friday, September 25–4 p.m.–”Transformed by Passionate Intent: The Life and Poetry of Robert Lax,” MacLaurinCSF at the University of Minnesota, 1337 Cleveland Ave N., St. Paul, MN

Sunday, October 4–3 p.m.–Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle, WA, co-sponsored by Image and Wave Books.

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Tuesday, October 6–7:15 p.m., Pilot House Bookstore, University of Portland, Portland, OR, co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the UP English Department

Monday, October 19–7 p.m.–Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC

Tuesday, October 20–7 p.m.–Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, NC

Wednesday, October 28–6 p.m.–In conversation with Poetry editor Don Share and critic Max Nelson–Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL, co-sponsored by The Point

Thursday & Friday, October 29 & 30–Meetings with students and faculty, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

Friday, October 30–3:45 p.m.–”The Language of Spiritual Literature in a Post-Religious Age,” panel presentation at the Transcending Orthodoxies Conference, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN

Sunday, November 1–1 p.m., City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. Chicago, IL

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Tuesday, November 3–4 p.m., room 516, Casey Building, Seattle University, 825 10th Ave., Seattle, WA

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Saturday, November 7–two events at Portland’s Wordstock book festival:

2:3o p.m.–a “pop-up” reading from Pure Act in the Modern Wing on the first floor of the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR

5 p.m.–On Biography: Joan Didion and Robert Lax, a conversation with Tracy Daugherty (author of The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion), at the Miller Gallery (Mark Building, 1st floor), Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR

Tuesday, November 10–private book club appearance, Portland, OR

Thursday, November 19–7:30 p.m.–Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA

Sunday, December 6–noon-4 p.m.–Holiday Cheer, festive book signings by Oregon authors–Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR

Wednesday, December 9–7 p.m.–A Celebration of Robert Lax, with poet John Beer, Oregon Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St, Portland, OR

2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016–7 p.m.–A Celebration of Robert Lax, with poet John Beer, City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, February 16, 2016–7:30 p.m.–Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, February 23, 2016–6:30 p.m., room 333, Smith Memorial Union, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Friday, April 1, 2016–2:30 p.m.–book signing at the Fordham Press booth at the AWP in Los Angeles, CA

Friday, June 3–4:15 p.m., Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA

2017

Tuesday, March 21–4 p.m.–”The Island of Uncommon Life: Robert Lax and the Joy of Uncertainty,” Lenna Visiting Professor Lecture, Walsh Auditorium, St. Bonaventure U., Olean, NY

Tuesday, March 28–6:30 p.m., “Robert Lax: Son of Olean, Poet of Greece,” Olean Public Library, 134 N 2nd St, Olean, NY

Friday, March 31–1 p.m.–”A Saint of the Avant-Garde: Robert Lax and the Concrete Poets,” Never Abolish Chance concrete poetry conference, 209 Swan Business Center, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY

Saturday, April 22–2 p.m.–”Getting Down to the Truly Personal in Personal Essay and Memoir,” workshop, Terroir Creative Writing Festival, Chemeketa Community College, Yamhill Valley Branch, McMinnville, OR

Friday, April 28–9:15-10:30 a.m.–”Biography and the Catholic Literary Legacy,” panel discussion, McNally Amphitheatre, Lincoln Center Campus, Fordham University, New York, NY

Monday, May 15–5 p.m.–English Department Writing Awards address, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Thursday, May 18–7 p.m.–reading, Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, MA

Friday, June 16–7 p.m.–”Harpo and the Clown of God:  The Seven-Storied Friendship of Thomas Merton and Robert Lax,” International Thomas Merton Society conference, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY  (Note: This talk with be live-streamed–to tune in, go to: http://merton.org/2017/default.aspx#stream)

Monday-Friday, June 19-23, Nonfiction Workshop, Summer Writers’ Week, Manhattanville College, Purchase NY

Monday-Sunday, July 24-30, “Writing Beyond the Academy,” Writing Workshop, Collegeville Institute, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN–applications closed

Tuesday-Monday, August 1-7, “Apart and Yet a Part,” Writing Workshop, Collegeville Institute, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN–applications closed

2018

Saturday, March 10–9 a.m.–”The Lives of Others: Biography as Creative Nonfiction”–panel, AWP conference, Room 12, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL

Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22–nonfiction writing workshop–Manhattanville College MFA Summer Writers’ Week, Purchase, NY

Wednesday, July 25-Tuesday, July 31–writing coach, Writing Beyond the Academy writing week, Collegeville Institute, MN–to apply, click here.  Application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018

Thursday, August 2-Wednesday, August 8–writing coach, Writing Beyond the Academy writing week, Collegeville Institute, MN–to apply, click here.  Application deadline is Monday, February 12, 2018

November 5-9–Participating in a week of readings and talks with other resident writers, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Friday, November 30–7 p.m.–A Celebration of Robert Lax–talks and readings to celebrate Lax and New Directions’ release of a new edition of his book 33 Poems–with John Beer and Stacey Tran, Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York City–$10, $7 for seniors & students, free for Poets House members

2019

Sunday, February 17–4 p.m.–A Tribute to Robert Lax (with John Beer & Eckhard Froeschlin), Passages Bookshop, 1223 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR

Thursday, March 28–7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)In His Own Words: Tribute to Brian Doyle (with Sy Safransky, Chip Blake, Joe Wilkins, Brenda Miller, David James Duncan, Kim Stafford, Robin Cody, Jourdan Amani Keith, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and John Freeman), McMenamins Mission \Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR–SOLD OUT

April 1-30–Resident Scholar, Collegeville Institute, MN

Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21–nonfiction writing workshop–Manhattanville College MFA Summer Writers’ Week, Purchase, NY–application details coming soon!

Friday, June 28–8:45 a.m.–presentation: Making Ourselves Heard: Lessons from Thomas Merton’s Approach to Principled Dissent and Communal Renewal, International Thomas Merton Society conference, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

July 24-30–writing coach, Writing Beyond the Academy writing week, Collegeville Institute, MNthe application deadline has passed–see the Collegeville Institute website for details.

August 1-10–writing coach, Apart and Yet a Part 10-day writing retreat, Collegeville Institute, MN–the application deadline has passed–see the Collegeville Institute website for details.

2020

June 7-17–Writing Coach, Apart and Yet a Part 10-day writing retreat, Collegeville Institute, MNthe application deadline will be in early 2020–see the Collegeville Institute website for details.

2022

June 7-16–Writing Coach, Apart and Yet a Part 10-day writing retreat, Collegeville Institute, MN

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