On June 27th, I’ll be reading at Rutgers, Camden as part of the Summer Writing Conference. While workshops are only for registered students, all of the conference readings are open to the public.
On June 28th, I’ll be reading with Tayari Jones at the Free Library of Philadelphia. (I’ll have an afternoon to spend in Philly before the reading, and I’m still on a pretty intense writing schedule, so anyone who can direct me to a good coffee shop where I can hang out and write will be my new best friend.)
On July 1, I’ll be in New Orleans
tracking down Boyz II Men at Essence Fest, so that they can finally give me that autograph they have owed me since 1997 appearing on a panel at Essence Fest 2011, with Terry McMillan, Tayari Jones, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.
After that I’ll be headed off to a few writing residencies. I used to think of writing residencies as punishment for something I didn’t do (You are going to send me somewhere secluded? With spotty phone and email access? You are going to make me hang out with other writers? Why?!), but a few brief writing retreats convinced me of the error of my ways, and I’m really looking forward to spending some time really focusing on my work, unapologetically declaring myself unavailable to everything else, and letting well organized people handle the day to day temporarily.
I will briefly return to my non-sequestered ways on August 12th, for a reading and conversation at Telluride Association’s Centennial celebration– any former TASPers headed to Ithaca that weekend?