F189. On the Road Again: What Touring Writers Need to Know

B117-119, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Three poets known for dynamic performance, a Blue Flower Arts agent, and a university reading series coordinator will share best practices for successful reading tours. Topics include the decision to sign with a speaking agency or remain independent, booking reading tours, publicity and promotion, maximizing social media platforms, community engagement, contracts, taxes, and particular realities such as traveling on a budget, with disability, or away from kids.



Formerly muscle for the IRS, Ron Mitchell is the editor of Southern Indiana Review and SIR Press. He teaches literary publishing and helps run the Southern Indiana Reading Series and New Harmony Writer's Residency at the University of Southern Indiana.

Maggie Smith is the author of Lamp of the Body, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, and Good Bones, the title poem from which has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Silencer and Maybe the Saddest Thing. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center.

Keetje Kuipers


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center