"What I try to do in reciting is to give whoever is listening an impression of how I felt when I wrote the piece. I try to paint the poem on the air."

—Gwendolyn Brooks


December 1, 2010
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

November 5-6, 2010
University of California at Santa Cruz

September 30-October 1, 2010
Willamette University, Salem, OR

September 19-21, 2010
Gala benefit reading for PEN/Faulker's Writers in Schools, Folger Library, Washington, DC


  • Carleton College, Northfield, MN, April 22-23, 2010

  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP), Denver, CO, April 7-12, 2010

  • Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, March 25-27, 2010

  • West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, WV, March 18, 2010

  • Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ, March 12, 2010

  • Cornell University's Centennial Plus Five Reading Series: Epoch Celebrates the Publication and Its People, Ithaca, NY, October 15, 2009

  • Indiana Writers' Conference, Bloomington, IN, June 14-19, 2009

  • "Geography in Latino Literature," with Mayra Montero and Loida Maritza Pérez, moderated by CNN correspondent María Hinojosa, The Americas Society, New York, NY, April 16, 2009

  • Arizona State University, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Tempe, AZ, March 3, 2009

  • Associated Writing Programs conference, "Latinos in Lotusland," with Daniel Olivas, Kathleen Alcalá, Michael Jaime-Becerra, and Estella González, Chicago, IL, February 14, 2009

  • Poetry Center, with Tenney Nathanson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November 13, 2008

  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, October 26-28, 2008

  • Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, October 8-9, 2008

  • The 10th International Conference on the Short Story in English, "The Lonely Voice," Cork, Ireland, June 19-22, 2008

  • DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA, June 5, 2008

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Helena María Viramontes, April 24-25, 2008

  • Key West Literary Seminar, "New Voices," Key West, FL, January 17-20, 2008

  • Chicano & Latino Writers Festival/Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, St. Paul, MN, November 7, 2007

  • Reedley College, Reedley, CA, October 11, 2007

  • Santa Fe Short Story Festival, Santa Fe, NM, October 4-6, 2007

  • Finalist reading, Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize, Munster Centre, Cork, Ireland, September 20, 2007

  • Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Houston, TX, June 27, 2007

  • Houston Community College, Houston, TX, June 27, 2007

  • National Arts Club, New York, NY, with Helena María Viramontes and Min Jin Lee, New York, NY, June 14, 2007

  • Los Angeles Public Library/ALOUD Reading Series, "Telling Stories That Matter," Los Angeles, CA, with Helena María Viramontes, Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2007

  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, with Helena María Viramontes, May 15, 2007

  • Stanford University, with Helena María Viramontes, Palo Alto, CA, May 14, 2007

  • College of the Sequoias, "Testimony, Declaration, and Witness," with Helena María Viramontes, Visalia, CA, May 11, 2007

  • Quetzal Quill at Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY, with poets Ada Limón and Cynthia Cruz, New York, NY, May 7, 2007

  • Arkansas Literary Festival, with Richard Blanco, H.G. Carrillo, Rene Saldaña, Jr., Willie Perdomo, and Liliana Valenzuela, Little Rock, AR, April 22, 2006

  • Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Maestros y Protegidos: A Reading by Latino Mentors and Their Proteges," with Helena María Viramontes, Judith Ortíz Cofer, Lorraine López, and Rich Yañez, Austin, TX, March 11, 2006

  • Saltonstall Literary Salon, with Helena María Viramontes and H.G. Carrillo, Ithaca, NY, February 12, 2006

  • Chicago Humanities Festival, "The Mexican-American Identity," Chicago, IL, November 12, 2005, with Luis Alberto Urrea, Rubén Martínez, and Brenda Cárdenas

  • Florida Center for the Literary Arts/Miami-Dade College, Miami, FL, November 9, 2005

  • MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), San Jose, CA, October 21, 2005

  • California State University at Fresno, Fresno, CA, October 20, 2005

  • Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY, October 6, 2005

  • Nuyorican Poets' Cafe/New York University Latino Studies, "Language Manufraktured Here," New York, NY, September 27, 2005

  • The Cutting Room/Swink magazine, New York, NY, June 20, 2005

  • WordTheatre/Swink magazine, Los Angeles, CA, May 21, 2005, "The Comeuppance of Lupe Rivera," read by Wilson Cruz

  • The Bookery, Ithaca, NY, May 1, 2005

  • Cornell University Alumni Association, "The Cornell Mosaic: Celebrating Diversity, Advancing Inclusion," Ithaca, NY, April 30, 2005, with Victor D. LaValle and Fiona Cheong

  • Cambridge Public Schools/SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), Cambridge, MA, April 14, 2005

  • Arkansas Center for the Book, Fayetteville Public Library, and the Arts Center of the Ozarks, "La Voz Latina! A Celebration of Latino Authors" Springdale, AR, March 18-19, 2005

  • National Public Radio, author interview and broadcast of "Skyshot," Selected Shorts, fall/winter 2004-5 season (broadcast October 2004)

  • California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, October 26, 2004

  • California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA, October 25, 2004

  • Brooklyn Public Library, Latino Author Series, Brooklyn, NY, October 14, 2004

  • The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles, CA, September 10, 2004, "By the Time You Get There, by the Time You Get Back," "Not Nevada," and "Museo de Bellas Artes" read by Efrain Figueroa, David St. James, and Sally Shore

  • "Selected Shorts on Tour" for National Public Radio, J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, May 23, 2004, "Skyshot" read by Hector Elizondo

  • LGBT Center, New York, NY, April 22, 2004, with Aaron Hamburger and Rob Williams

  • Monkey Temple, Red Room Reading Series, New York, NY, April 13, 2004, with David Ebershoff

  • Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Latino Voices," Chicago, IL, March 24, 2004, with Rigoberto González, Sergio Troncoso, and Rich Yañez

  • The Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY, February 29, 2004, with Rigoberto Gonzalez

  • Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, November 16, 2003