To schedule readings or other events, email me at: jp [at]

Upcoming Readings & Events:

Sunday, August 8, 2021, 6pm PT  – Old Moody Stages, Portland, OR

Over the last two years, I’ve been part of Profile Theatre’s Community Profile for LGBTQIA+ writers. I met so many amazing writers through this program, and it was one of the most affirming spaces I’ve ever been in. To celebrate the conclusion of our time together, a cast of talented actors will be performing works by many of the writers in the group. The performance will be Profile Theatre’s first live event in 18 months, and it’s free! To RSVP or for more information, please contact Bobby Bermea.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 5pm PT – Online

I’ll be joining my Airlie Press co-editors, Brittney Corrigan and Amelia Díaz Ettinger, for an online panel, “Rhyme and Reason: The Art of Assembling a Poetry Manuscript,” as part of the Virtual LiTFUSE 2021 Program. Register at the LiTFUSE website.

Tuesdays, September 14 – October 12, 2021, 5-7 PM PDT – Online

Wednesdays, September 15 – October 13, 2021, 5-7 PM PDT – Online

I’ll be teaching a five-week online class, “Writing the Intersections of Our Identities,” through Literary Arts. Through autobiographical writing about our identities—including race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and class—we’ll explore where we hold power and privilege and where we have experienced marginalization and oppression. In addition to experimenting with craft techniques such as audience, point of view, research, dialogue, and figurative language, we’ll also discuss how to use our writing in service of reflection, healing, truth-telling, and culture change.

The Tuesday class is open to all, and the Wednesday class is reserved for folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color. Register for either class at the Literary Arts website.

Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26, 2021 – Tieton, WA

With the other editors of Airlie Press, I’ll be reading at LiTFUSE 2021, a weekend-long workshop for poets of all ages and styles. The whole faculty lineup is full of poets I deeply admire, including Ching-In Chen, Camille Dungy, Elizabeth Bradfield, and Alexandra Teague. Registration includes a reading Friday night, a keynote on Saturday night, and a wide selection of classes on both Saturday and Sunday.  

Thursday, November 4 – Sunday, November 7, 2021 – Kitsap Peninsula, WA

I’ll be teaching two classes—“Contents Under Pressure: Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity” and “It’s Complicated: Love Poems for the Real World”—at Northwest Writers’ Weekend. The weekend retreat offers classes for poets, songwriters, nonfiction writers, and folks who are feeling the cross-genre vibes. It’s also at a lovely camp in the woods, and lodging and meals are included in the registration.

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