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Immigration Essays is UTC’s Read2Achieve selection for Fall 2018


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 Chtttanooga, 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, Carribbean
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, the MakeWork Grant and how those enabled me to write Immigration Essays (forthcoming February from C&R Press)

Awarded a 2017 Individual Artist’s Fellowship  from the Tennessee Arts Commission. You can read about the winners here:

I’m one of the artists interviewed in this article 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

Reading Sundress Academy for the Arts Reading Series, Knoxville, TN

I was part of the fiction faculty for both sessions at the Yale Writers’ Conference:

I was on a panel discussing my work called, “Excavating Lives: Autobiography of Borders in Fiction.” International Autobiography and Biography Association Conference. Panel Presentation. Cyprus. (May 2016)

I was the keynote speaker at the Young Southern Student Writer’s Contest Ceremony.