Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. —William Styron

March 1, 2018: BOOK RELEASE! When We Were Ghouls is out in the world.

This is it! My baby takes its first steps.

september 20, 2018 7pm: in conversation with robert roark at book soup

Let's step back to the 70s as I interview Mr. R on his brand-new bouncing baby book, CAR TROUBLE. I'm heading up to LA to talk NY! My two favorite worlds. 

October 17, 2018 7pm: "talking in the library" Series @ RWU

Venue: Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809 Roger Williams University

In Conversation with Susan Tacent. Looking forward to a fabulous conversation! 

october 18, 2018 4:15pm NY state writers institute visiting writers series

Venue: NY State University at Albany

The cousin program of my summer program. I'll be chatting about the slippery allusion of memories, writing about family members who are still alive, and why write a memoir in the first place.  

october 21, 2018 Carlsbad Library Author event

Venue: Carlsbad Library.

More to come...

October 30, 2018 7:30pm talking with kim adrian

Venue: Green Apple Books, San Francisco 9th Ave location

I'll be chatting with Kim Adrian about her new book The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir with its gently comic honesty and heart-wrenching angst. 

november 1, 2018 book events albuquerque, NM dead of the dead!

Venue: Book Events Albuquerque

More details to come, but I'm excited to celebrate this favorite holiday of mine with the keepers of the dead, New Mexicans.

“I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.”
― John Cheever

past events

august 25, 2018 10am-5pm san diego festival of books

Venue: Liberty Station, Point Loma

My fair city's own festival of books. 2nd year of the festival and they've already made it a success.

More to come....

August 2, 2018 12pm Ridge writers (REScheduled from April 5!)

Venue: East Sierra Branch of California Writers Club

I love all the California Writers Clubs and am excited to get to speak to this group in Ridgecrest, CA

More to come....

July 18, 2018 writers on writing radio show KUCI 9am Pacific Time Streaming worldwide

I'll be speaking with the host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on her fabulous radio show. Barbara is a huge supporter of writers and also has her own great book to help writers with the craft, PEN ON FIRE. The radio show will also be available as a download.

July 13, 2018 reading with adam Haslett

Venue: New York State Summer Writers Institute, Saratoga Springs, NY

This. Is. My. Dream. For 17 years I've fantasized about reading at the Institute where I have spent every summer all those years. Now, I'm scheduled to share the stage with one of my very favorite authors, Adam Haslett (really, I'm just his warm-up band, but still!). And, it's Friday the 13th, my favorite of all days right after April Fool's Day. 

June 21, 2018 In conversation with rick moody

Venue: Newtonville Books, Newtonville, Mass

Hanging out with Rick to chat about gravedigging and such. Rick is one of my all-time favorite authors and has become a good friend over the years at NY State Summer Writers Institute. We may have a few laughs.

June 20, 2018 7pm book lover event in Boston Area with Connie Mayo and Sue Henderson

Talking with a group of book groups--I think that's called a murder--about death and dying. If you are in the Boston area, contact me and I'll let you know the details as this is a private event, but we can squeeze you in if I know and like you.

june 19, 2018 7pm death panel with Susan Henderson

Moderated by Jessica Keener

Venue: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Death, dead bodies, and why we like to write about them. This should be a killer (ha) panel.

june 15, 2018 7pm northshire books in saratoga Springs, ny

Venue: Northshire Books, Saratoga Store

My second home: Saratoga Springs. I'm looking forward to a fun evening with some locals.

june 6, 2018 speaking to barbara demarco-Barrett's memoir workshop

I love speaking to groups. I love sharing tales of writing this book, writing about people who are still alive, about remembering and not remembering, about memory's slippery coat. I love talking in general. If you have a group you want me to talk to, contact me.

may 22, 2018 7pm Julia dixon evans in conversation with Me

Venue: The Book Catapult

I'll be talking with Julia Dixon Evans about her new book HOW TO SET YOURSELF ON FIRE (May 8, 2018 Dzanc), and all the incredible work she does for the San Diego literary community. There's a special secret about having this book chat at this bookstore, and the secret is in Julia's book.

April 26, 2018 7pm in conversation with Phillip lopate

Venue:  Book Culture, 536 West 112th St, Manhattan

Looking forward to talking to my very first memoir teacher from the NY State Summer Writers Institute

April 26, 2018 7pm in conversation with Phillip lopate

Venue:  Book Culture, 536 West 112th St, Manhattan

Looking forward to talking to my very first memoir teacher from the NY State Summer Writers Institute

april 21-22, 2018 Los Angeles Times festival of books

Venue: USC Campus

Panels:  Please stop by to say hello!

12pm Strange & Beautiful Things with Victor La Valle, Carmen Maria Machado, Ben Loory and Me as moderator

3pm Memory: How It Shapes You with me, Elizabeth Rosner, Alex Wagner and Dinah Lenney as moderator

If you haven't ever been to the Festival, you should go. If you've been, you know what I'm talking about.

April 20, 2018 Los Angeles Times book awards

Venue: USC Bovard Auditorium

Honored to be Fiction and First Fiction judge again this year. A job I love. I'll be there rooting on all the finalists. Click here for a list of this year's finalists in all categories. Come join us to celebrate.

April 14, 2018 write your fucking heart out!

Venue: Gather Encinitas 1-6pm

I've been wanting to do a collaborative workshop like this ever since I can remember. Grab your yoga mats and pens and come join Lauren Duke and I as we open our core--from the inside and the outside. We will splay open ourselves from the heart down to the mula bandha.  Never written? No problem. Everyone is welcome.

april 13, 2018 7:30pm vermin on the mount reading series

Venue: The Book Show, Highland Park in northeast Los Angeles

If you haven't been to a Vermin, you should. The Irreverent Jim Ruland gathers a troupe of authors unlike most readings. Come prepared to be stunned. I am honored to be one among  his choices this night: Susan Henderson, Naomi Hirahara, Peter Hsu, Yelena Moskovich, Scott O'Connor and Mark Sarvas. Come to see them, and pretend you are there to support me. I will understand.

APRIL 10, 2018 7PM

COME INTO OUR PARLOR...A salon with susan Henderson and amy wallen

Venue: The Book Catapult

Susan and I will chat about death, life and all the dead bodies in between. We love to talk about all those things taboo. "Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly..."

April 8, 2018 5pm second sunday author series

Venue: Women's Museum of California in Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decator Road, Suite 103, San Diego 4:30-5:30pm

I'll be talking about memory and moms and How do we write about someone who is still living?

April 1, 2018 Anthology release! The Shell Game Edited by Kim Adrian

My essay "Easy As Pie: That's a Lie" will be published in the upcoming anthology. This anthology is edited by Kim Adrian who is the author of the incredible memoir, The Twenty-seventh Letter of the Alphabet, to be released October 2018.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

march 16, 2018 10am - 1pm: Guest author at unlocking your story

Venue: Unlocking Your Story Workshop with Karin Gutman in Santa Monica

March 14, 2018 7pm-9pm: The how, the why: Amy wallen & Samantha Dunn

Venue: The innovative 1888 Center, located in the Historic District of Old Towne Orange, California.

A conversation with Amy and Samantha in Orange County. I'm already having a ruckus of a good time.

March 8, 2018 10:30AM-11:30AM: Book Signing AWP 2018 Tampa BOOKFAIR

Venue: University of Nebraska Booth #535-537.

March 8, 2018 9:00AM-10:15AM: The Mentor/Mentee Relationship for Creative Writers PANEL 

Venue: AWP Conference Tampa 2018

Grand Salon A, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor

march 3, 2018 5pm In conversation with jim ruland at The book catapult!!

Venue: The Book Catapult in South Park

First book event! In Conversation with a Jim Ruland at the brand new bookstore in South Park--The Book Catapult. There will be a Taco Truck!  4pm Taco Truck arrives, 5pm In Conversation starts.

february 24, 2018 7pm: the foundry, a So say we all reading series

Venue: The Rose Wine Pub, 2219 30th Street, South Park. 21+

I'll be reading along with 4 other authors: Lily Hoang, Brooke King, and 2 other TBA.

january 14, 2018 5pm Dimestories Orange County

Venue: LCA Wine
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Heading north! I'll be hosting the Orange County DimeStories this month! Come read your 3-min stories! I'd love to hear them all.

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 7PM:  Author Interview with Adam Braver

I'll be interviewing Adam Braver, author of THE DISAPPEARED, at the new South Park bookstore The Book Catapult. Come check out the bookstore as well as meet the author in person. 

Venue: The Book Catapult

November 10, 2017: DimeStories

Read your 3-minute story. Guest Emcee: Amanda Fletcher.

Venue: The Ink Spot at San Diego Writers Ink

13 October 7pm Dimestories