On June 21, 2022, at 7 PM, in downtown Douglas, Michigan (across the Kalamazoo River from Saugatuck), I will read poems born on the Saugatuck lakeshore. I will be joined by poet and Great Lakes nature expert, Keith Taylor, who will introduce me and ask me questions. Keith and I have been friends for more than 30 years. This event is part of the inaugural season of Ox-Bow House, a new project of the Ox-Bow School of Art. The Library of the Great Lakes is cohost. Cocktail reception at 7. Reading starts at 7:30. 137 Center St. (the old library), Douglas, Michigan. For more information: [email protected] (Free)

Recent Past Events:

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, join poet Teresa Scollon and me for Poems About Trees, 7 PM, in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula at the Little Traverse Inn. Help us celebrate leaves, trees, poems, Spring, and our new books (Teresa’s Trees and Other Creatures and my A Fine Canopy. (Free)

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, 2 PM, I will lead a creative writing workshop at the Interlochen Public Library in Interlochen, Michigan: Not Just Nature Writing.  Come learn about eco-writing: reading it, writing it, and finding a way forward together with all Earth’s beings. For all ages and levels. Bring something to write with and something to write on. Spend a little time outside beforehand and bring something to tell us about it. To register or ask questions, email [email protected] or call 231-276-6767. Be sure to mention the event and the date. (Free)

On Friday, April 22, 2022, 6:30 to 8 PM, in Adrian, Michigan, Join me and my poetry sister Holly Wren Spaulding at the Adrian Center for the Arts Gallery for wine and poetry. We will talk together about our creative practices, which for both of us include deep attention to nature in out neighborhoods. The occasion is “From Petals, From Thickets: An Exhibition of Letterpress Poems and Sculpture”–work by Holly. If you don’t yet know Holly’s work, you need to. Her poems are crystalline evocations of both more-than-human nature and what it feels like to be alive now. 1375 North Main St., Building 46, Adrian, Michigan. Call 517-759-3005. (Free event)

Thursday, November 11, 2022, 7 PM, Grand Haven, Michigan’s The Bookman will host poets Alison Swan, Greg Rappleye, Jack Ridl, and Teresa Scollon for a celebration of poetry, including the work of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.  Mask up and join us in Grand Haven.

Thursday, April 29  2021, 6 PM, the Grand Ledge Area District Library will host Michigan poets, including Alison Swan, for their inaugural  “Voices of Michigan Poets & Friends” — a casual virtual gathering open to all. It’s an opportunity for those who read, write, and enjoy poetry, to come together to listen, share and discuss poetry and perhaps their experiences writing poetry. To join us, click here, scroll down, and click again.

Monday, May 10, 2021, 7 PM, Marquette, Michigan’s Peter White Library will host Alison Swan, virtually, for a poetry reading.

Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 1 to 4:30 PM, the Saugatuck Center of the Arts will host Alison Swan for an in-person (outside and physically distanced) reading and conversation (1 PM) and writing workshop (2:30 to 4:30 PM). I will be joined by my friend Jack Ridl for the reading and conversation. Are you a creative person who wants to dive more deeply into awareness of place and the ways it can feed your creative work? Join us.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 7 PM, Skazat! Poetry Series will host Alison Swan for a virtual poetry reading, preceded by an open mic. Bring your own poem to share.