R234. Give a Good Reading

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Writers are entertainers. And yet, sometimes we're the worst presenters of our own writing. Why do we spend so much time composing and editing and so little time practicing reading our work? Who are readers we love and what can we learn from them? How can we better prepare, more frequently share, and give life to our work off the page?



Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion. With poet Morgan Parker, she is The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. Nafis was a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a 2017 NEA.

Hieu Minh Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow, a National Endowment for Arts Literature Fellow, a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, & the author of This Way to the Sugar, and Not Here. His poems have appeared in publications such as Poetry Magazine, Guernica, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.

Leigh Lucas has a BA in Creative Writing from Stanford and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson. She is a regular contributor to literary journal A Women's Thing and is part of comic-making duo Sqid Inc with illustrator David Lanham. She is working on her first book.

Michael Goetzman is an editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books and a graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.


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