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.

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

This is it! My baby takes its first steps.


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.

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

Venue: AWP Conference Tampa 2018, University of Nebraska Press booth

March 15, 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. We've done this before and we'll do it again!


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

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

March 26, 2018 Hilarity ensues with Tod Goldberg

Venue: Brandeis University Palm Desert Chapter, Indian Wells Renaissance

1pm - 2pm Author Presentations


April 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.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

april 5, 2018 12pm Ridge writers

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....

April 8, 2018 5pm second sunday author series women's museum

Venue: San Diego Women's Museum in Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decator Road, Suite 103, San Diego

More to come....

April 20, 2018 Los Angeles Times book awards

Venue: USC Bovard Auditorium

I was Fiction and First Fiction judge again this year. A job I love. I'll be there rooting on all the nominees.

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

Venue: USC Campus

Panels:  More to come....

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

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 27, 2018 6pm reading the Book House

Venue:  Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY

Heading to upstate New York to be close to my pals at New York State Writers Institute

June 21, 2018 In conversation with rick moody

Venue: Newtonville Books, Newtonville, Mass

Hanging out with Rick to chat about gravedigging and such.


past events

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