Events & News


SAFTA Writing Residency. June 2020.

“Unsilencing the Undergraduate Workshop.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, San Antonio, TX, Mar. 2020. Panel.

“Expat Writers In and From Asia: Questioning the Term ‘Expatriate’”. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, San Antonio, TX, Mar. 2020. Panel.


While You Were Gone wins IPPY Silver Medal in Regional Fiction

Reading. Why There Are Words bookstore. Asheville, VA, 25 Oct. 2019.

“Love, Dreams, and Human Nature: Two Novels.” Southern Festival of the Book. 12 Oct, 2019. Panel.

Reading. River City Sessions with musician Mitch Ryder. Cadek Recital Hall, UTC, 6 Sept. 2019.

Immigration Essays, Read2Achieve Speech for UTC. 4 Oct. 2018, Mar 2019.

Immigration Essays is UTC’s Read2Achieve selection for 2018-2019

“Novelists Sybil Baker and Katie Rogin in Conversation: On Trauma, America’s Endless Wars, and Coming Home.” Anomaly

“Conversations with Sybil Baker and Laura Catherine Brown” Critical Flame


Dec. 6 Reading with Katie Rogin, Xu Xi, and Amy Koppelman at NYU Bookstore.

Nonfiction Workshop Leader. Lakeland Literary Festival. Lakeside Community College, Ohio. Nov. 30.
Panelist. NonfictioNow Conference, Phoenix Arizona. Nov 1-5.

Speaker. Moving our Campus (MOCs) Forward Retreat, UTC. Oct. 15
Immigration Essays and Your Comfort Zones. Read2Achieve Speech for UTC. Oct. 4

Featured Speaker, Nerd Nite 2 Chattanooga, Landings: Looking at Local Immigration. Sept. 20.
Workshop presenter, MTSU Write Fall Creative Writing Conference, Sept. 15

“Peripatetic Short Fiction: Transnational Narratives in Less than 10,000 Words.” 15th International Conference on the Short Story in English, Lisbon, Portugal, 28-30 Jun. 2018. Panel.
Review at Chapter 16
Interview at WUTC’s Round and About
Guest Author. Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair. 11 M 23 June.
Book Launch Party for While You Were Gone. Starline Books, Chattanooga, TN. 22 June.
June 5, Faculty Reading (with Jotham Burrello, Sergio Troncoso, MG Lord) Barnes and Noble Yale Book Store, New Haven, CT #Blue&Gold #Blue&Gold
Faculty Fiction Workshop. Yale Writers Workshop 2-7 June.

From Writing to Marketing: Finding a shelf life for your book

Immigration Essays was the MARCH Book Club choice for Starline Books. 27 March

“Laboratory & Library: workshop models conscious of diversity and difference.” Panel with Brian Leung, Lisa Page, and Rahul Mehta. AWP Tampa, Thursday, March, 2018.

Balancing Books and Day Jobs 

“Brass Brassieres: Four Southern Women Authors on the Intersection of Place, Race, Religion, Gender, and Genre.” CD Wright Conference. University of Central Arkansas. Conway, Arkansas. November 4, 2017.

“Change is the Only Constant: Reflections on Loss & Progress.” Southern Festival of the Book.
Main Public Library. Nashville, Oct. 13 2017.

An Interview with Sybil Baker at The Center for Fiction

June 14-17
Faculty, Yale Writers’ Conference, Session II
Workshop: Writing the Novel: The First 10 Pages.

June 1-3
St. Martin’s Book Festival, Caribbean
Guest Author and Master Class leader

​May 16
Q&A at The Bellingham Review
Wanderer, Exile: Migration and “Home” in Immigration Essays

April 8
Panel on Short Story Writing, Annapolis Literary Festival.

March 24
Reading with Rick Jackson, Sue Silverman, and Alison Joseph, Meacham Writer’s Workshop.

March 9 
River City Sessions, Reading with Sarah Einstein, Granfalloon.

March 2
Reading with Keegan Lester, Isabelle Shepherd, George Conley, and Meredith Russo at JJ’s Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN.

March 1
Faculty Interview, Yale Writers Conference Newsletter.

February 15
Sybil Baker on Discovery and the Art of being Different at #CNFpodcast with Brendan O’Meara.

February 15
Review of Immigration Essays by Lavinia Ludlow at Small Press Review.

February 15
Immigration Essays book launch, Star Line Books, Chattanooga, TN with Earl Braggs and George Conley.

February 15
A Black Man and a White Woman Discuss Race (Earl Braggs & Sybil Baker), Wednesday, February 15th, 4:00 P.M. Library 440 Southern Writer’s Room: a panel-style discussion in celebration of Black History Month.

February 14
WUTC interview concerning refugees stories and a reverse migration

February 6 
Chapter 16 reviewed Immigration Essays.

February 9-11 
Moderator for the panel on The Transnational Novel at AWP, Washington, DC, with Xu Xi, Robin Hemley, Evan Fallenburg, and Lisa Ko.

February 8
Immigration Essays featured in the “News & Notes” section of The Pulse.

February 5
Immigration Essays on Entropy’s “What We’re Reading”

January 30
Review of Immigration Essays Foreword Reviews.

January 26
Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series Visiting Writer. George Washington University.

Jan 10
Visiting Writer at Murray State. Listen to the radio interview here.

Immigration Essays is featured in Best Dressed section of The Wardrobe during the month of December.

Read with poets Richard Jackson and Jenny Sadre-Oraafi at the October Meacham Writer’s Workshop.

UTC wrote about the TAC Individual Artist’s Fellowship and the MakeWork Grant.

Awarded a 2017 Individual Artist’s Fellowship  from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Interview in Chatter about MakeWork grant recipients:

Presenter and speaker for “Gentrification: Localized colonization or urban uplift?” Art + Issues. Hunter Museum. (October 13 2016)

“Excavations” was nominated for a Best of the Net by Blue Mountain Review

Sundress Academy for the Arts Reading Series, Knoxville, TN

Fiction faculty for both sessions at the Yale Writers’ Conference:

Panel: “Excavating Lives: Autobiography of Borders in Fiction.” International Autobiography and Biography Association Conference. Panel Presentation. Cyprus.

Keynote speaker at the Young Southern Student Writer’s Contest Ceremony.