Creative Writing, Editing, Presentations, Public Appearances

NAR Bicentennial Conference

Are you attending the North American Review’s Bicentennial Conference in Cedar Falls?

If so, check out the Ice Cube Press table at the book fair. Also, come see a publishing panel featuring me, fellow Prairie Gold editor Lance Sacknoff, and Ice Cube Press founder/CEO Steve Semken.

Saturday, June 13

J-3 Breaking into Publishing:
How to Transform a Manuscript into a First Publication
4:15-5:30, Bartlett Hall 0034

Schedule of sessions

Conference details

Editing, Presentations, Public Appearances

Local Wonders Event


Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 5:00 pm
Design on Main, 203 Main Street

This weekend is the 2015 Local Wonders Community Potluck sponsored by AgArts. Last year, the attendees voted for two winners of the 2014 Local Wonders Grant, one of which was Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. On Sunday, PG editor Lance Sacknoff will present on all the awesome things the AgArts grant helped us do. Find more details here.

Local Wonders

Presentations, Public Appearances

2014 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Seattle

I’m thrilled to be in Seattle for the 2014 AWP Conference and Bookfair, my first AWP and my first visit to Washington!


I’ll be working shifts at the Flyway table–BB28–and presenting on two panels:

“Writing Outside: The Importance of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Writing” – Thursday, February 27, 10:30-11:45 – Room 2A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2

“Writing about Nature in an Unnatural World” – Saturday, March 1, 3:00-4:15 – Cedar Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor

If you’re at AWP too, come say hello!


Nonfiction, Presentations, Public Appearances, Readings

Reading in Ames

Friday, February 14, 2014, at 7:00 pm
Design on Main, 203 Main Street, Ames, Iowa

Eight graduate students in the MFA program for Creative Writing and Environment will present their fieldwork experiences and read creative work inspired by those experiences.

I will be presenting on my summer 2013 writing residency at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. I will read an excerpt from “CLAMPology,” an essay I wrote in appreciation for the community volunteers who do all of the water sampling for CLAMP, the Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Program, an initiative coordinated by Lakeside in partnership with the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa.