I’m honored to be reading several poems about my cancer battle from my book Hold Stillimages at back-to-back Relay for Life events in Central Florida. My first reading will take place about 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Winter Garden, and the second one will be about 1 p.m. the next day, Saturday, April 23 in Lake Buena Vista near Disney World in Orlando.

I’m delighted that copies of Hold Still will be included in gift baskets for survivors.

The Winter Garden Relay will be downtown at 300 W. Plant Street. Lake Buena Vista’s Relay will take place at the Reedy Creek Fire Station at 1920 E. Buena Vista Drive.

If you would like to donate and help me fight cancer, please visit my Relay page. If you would like to participate in a Relay, click here.

writer's block bookstoreI’ll be reading my poetry at Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park on Friday, Sept. 11, along with one of my favorite local poets, Laura Sobbott Ross. I’ll read from my latest book, Hold Still, but throw in some oldies from Flame, Beauty Lessons and Behind Every Door. Laura will read from her chapbook A Tiny Hunger, her new chapbook My Mississippi, which was just accepted for publication, and her new full-size collection, In the Space Between. There will be wine! We’ll start at 6:30 p.m. and answer questions afterward. Then we are likely to carouse along Park Avenue. All we need is you! (Did I mention that there will be wine?)

Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Ave.
Winter Park, FL

I11x17PosterTemp_wOut_Presenter‘ll be reading my poems at the Herndon branch of the Orlando Public Library on Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. I’ll be joined by Naomi Butterfield, Ashley Equality Inguanta, Jesse Bradley and Peter Gordon. The library is at 4324 E. Colonial Drive, next to Sam Ash Music Store. See you there!

Lwords_webPainter Pamela Ramey Tatum and I will portray the many facets of love and its sidekicks lust and loss in paintings and poetry on Saturday, Nov. 1, in New Smyrna Beach.

The show, from 4 to 8 p.m., will be at The Hub on Canal, a historic downtown building that’s home to more than 70 working artists. Pamela will give an artist’s talk at 6 and I’ll follow at 6:30 with a reading of my poems, many of which will hang among the paintings. Our event is part of the First Saturday Gallery Walk, so there will be plenty of artwork to admire, and appetizers, wine and music, too.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 to 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk, 6 p.m.
Poetry Reading, 6:30 p.m.

The Hub on Canal
132 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach