Past Appearances



Misunderstood: Inverting the Workshop Model

Has your writing about POC, LGBTQ, or immigrant issues been misunderstood in the workshop? Has your gender neutral multiracial Jamaican-American/ Cuban-American/ X-American protagonist been referred to as “too specific” or confusing? If so, this is the event for you! Part workshop and part story share, participants are invited to bring excerpts of their poems, essays, fiction, anecdotes, and oral histories that have been—or that participants fear will be—misread, misinterpreted, or outright rejected due to cultural differences between the author/teller and the reader/recipient of these stories.

Saturday, June 17th, from 3:00-5:00pm

Event takes place at the Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. This event is free and open to the public thanks to grant support from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and through sponsorship by GrubStreet. Seating is limited and registration is required on GrubStreet’s website.

GrubStreet Seminar: Publishing Your Short Work: Strategies to Maximize Success on Your Submissions


Saturday, June 17th, 10:30am-1:30pm

Whether your genre is fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, submitting to journals and magazines should become a regular part of your writing life. The act of sending work out, however, can feel daunting and confusing. What are the best publications for emerging writers? When is the ideal time to submit? Should I include a cover letter? What does it mean if I get a form rejection? In this seminar, we will discuss the entire submission process in detail. From determining when your writing is ready to be considered for publication, to familiarizing yourself with the lit journals and magazines landscape, you will be provided with resources, examples, strategies, and tips that will ensure your submissions are taken seriously. You will leave this course with a concrete plan for submitting your own work and a clear sense of what you can expect going forward. Seating is limited and registration is required on GrubStreet’s website.

Four Stories Reading

the middle east

4 Stories Event

I’ll be reading at the next Four Stories event at The Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge on Thursday, May 18th along with Sarah Colwill-Brown, Patrick Gabridge and Suzanne Berne. The event is from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Middle East’s corner bar.


2017 AWP Conference Panels in D.C.

Beyond Diversity: How to Run the Truly Inclusive Creative Writing Workshop
Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

How do we move beyond the vague concept of diversity to create truly inclusive workshops? In focusing on craft and ignoring the larger cultural context of our writing, we often sideline POC, queer, and other voices marginalized by the literary establishment. Speakers from GrubStreet, Warren Wilson, and the University of Houston will traditional pedagogy for inherent bias and offer strategies on navigating issues of identity to take workshops from simply diverse to truly inclusive.


Committing to Inclusion: What Does It “Really” Mean?

Marquis Salon 6, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am

So your writing organization believes that race, gender, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of diversity are integral to artistic excellence. But what does that really mean? What vision and work does it entail? Since 2012, GrubStreet has been reckoning with its own shortcomings in this area, and working toward real and meaningful change. Come hear from board members, staff, and instructors about our ongoing structural efforts to ensure that our community is fully inclusive to all.

Boston Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl

I wrote (part of) a spooky story for the inaugural Boston #litcrawl with Alden Jones, Ron MacLean, and Eson Kim. More info here.

  • Thursday, October 13, 2016 8:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury Street, Boston.


Monday, August 29th, from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Selected Authors:
Shanoor Seervai, Anne Bernays, Jonathan Escoffery, Carrie Oeding, and Jonathan Weinert.
7:00 PM, June 22nd.
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
338 Newbury Street

Boston, MA 02115


UNLOCKED: Reconsidering Home & Place 
June 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m. BOSTON, MA.
Back Porch Collective in collaboration with musicians Giuseppe Paradiso and Jussi Reijonen
The Middle Gray Gallery/Cafe
Co-sponsored by GrubStreet
Details at our Facebook event.

Come out and support the arts at The Middle Gray Cafe during the Back Porch Collective’s Reading on Sat., Feb 6th! A talented group of readers: Stacy Mattingly, Ani Gjika, Shubha Sunder, Sarah Colwill-Brown, and special guest George Clements of The Lonely Heartstring Band will join me. The event is co-sponsored by GrubStreet.

The Back Porch Collective, appropriately named, held their first gathering on a Boston back porch. The writers hail from places as far flung as Albania, Britain, Cuba, India, Atlanta, and Miami, and one of their number is currently overseas. Their initial desire was to meet together, share work, and discuss issues that mattered to them. They quickly developed a rapport, and when a musician joined in that initial evening to cap off the night, the group knew something special had occurred. Now the Back Porch Collective are giving their first off-the-porch reading at the Middle Gray Cafe with musician George Clements as a special guest. We hope you will join them and continue to expand the artistic community they set out to find when they first gathered.12495047_10156541330960372_4309681813689699035_n

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