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

Upcoming Readings & Events:

Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 7pm PT – Online

Vinnie Kinsella and I will be co-hosting the Incite: Queer Writers Read Series, sponsored by Literary Arts. September’s theme is “History Lessons,” and the event will feature writer and multimedia visual artist Mason Mimi Yadira, poet David J.S. Pickering, and novelist Alan Rose. The online reading is free and will be followed by a community discussion. Registration to attend at the Literary Arts 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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