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Events Archives 2017-06-08T14:54:00+00:00

“You are a gift of gifts, Alison. I linger in your workshop, reviewing notes and handouts, eager to obtain Fresh Water. You have inspired a calm, steady, long dormant will to write, and powerful, clear guidance on how to proceed.” Judy, writing workshop participant

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E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland by Aldo Miriam Horn, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

From the book jacket: “Many of the men and women doing today’s most consequential environmental work–restoring America’s grasslands, wildlife, rivers, wetlands, and oceans–would not call themselves environmentalists; they would be uneasy with the connotations of that word. What drives them is their deep love of the land.” Recommended by one of Eco Book Club’s regulars, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman is a perfect followup to A Sand County Almanac. Eco Book Club is free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. We meet every other month at Literati, upstairs. Note that you’ll get a 15% discount if you mention that you’re buying the book for the book club. We alternate between meeting on Monday and Tuesday, every other month. Sorry if it seems convoluted; we’re working around other monthly meetings and Alison’s teaching schedule!  Contact Literati for more information.

Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:30 pm, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan:

The Michigan Poet anthology party. Many contributors, including Alison Swan, will read their poems.
Mt. Pleasant Unitarian Universalist Church
319 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Live music afterward by Daryl & the Beans. Catering by Max & Emily’s. My thanks to The Michigan Poet editors Foster Neill and Jon Taylor who publish beautiful broadsides funded with their own money–and now this anthology. You can donate (and get a copy of the anthology) via their Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 pm, Kalamazoo, Michigan:

Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors book release partyReading and book signing, with many contributors to the new collection, including Alison Swan.
Arcus Center
217 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, Michigan
My thanks to editors Jennifer Clark and Miriam Downey for whom this project–a collection of poetry and prose which pushes back against today’s anti-immigrant voices–has been a labor of love.

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

National Poetry Month Celebration. Join Raymond McDaniel, Keith Taylor, Alison Swan, Monica Rico, Marlin M. Jenkins, and Z.G. Tomaszewski, as we read poems–our own and those by poets who have inspired us.
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
My thanks to everyone at Literati Bookstore, a place committed to books and the people who read and write them.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

In our last pick, Third Place, author Dan Barber referred often to Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), one my environmental heroes. I can’t recommend Leopold’s book A Sand County Almanac (1949) more highly. You may not find it to be a page turner, but you will find some rather radical ideas about how we might shift our thinking if we wish to move into a future that has other living things besides human beings in it. Eco Book Club is free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. We meet every other month at Literati upstairs. Note that Literati will give you 15% off the cover price if you mention that you’re buying the book for the book club. We alternate between meeting on Monday and Tuesday, every other month. Sorry if seems convoluted; we’re working around other monthly meetings.  Contact Literati for more information.

Monday, November 28, 2016, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

the-third-plate2E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, by Dan Barber, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

I’ve read slightly less than half the book, and I’m enchanted, which is saying quite a lot at this particular moment in time (November 20, 2016). Not only is Barber an expert on food, he is an excellent writer who laces his wide-ranging exploration of sustainable eating with references to some of America’s most important environmental thinkers. Eco Book Club is free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. We meet every other month in The Espresso Bar above Literati. Note that Literati will give you 15% off the cover price if you mention that you’re buying The Third Plate for the book club. We alternate between meeting on Monday and Tuesday, every other month.  Contact Literati for more information.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, by John Mooallem, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month in The Espresso Bar above Literati. Note that Literati will give you 15% off the cover price if you mention that you’re buying Half-Earth for the book club. We alternate between meeting on Monday and Tuesday, every other month.  Contact Literati for more information.

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 5:30 pm, Alpena, Michigan:

n45e Poetry Reading with Alison Swan, Dennis Heinricson, David James, Keith Taylor, and Others
Art in the Loft
109 N. Second Ave., Ste. 300 Alpena, Michigan

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 1:15-1:30 pm, Kalamazoo, Michigan:

Great Lakes Talk: Alison Swan will be a featured speaker on the last day of Green Spirit: Caring for the Gift of the Great Lakes (July 28-30, 2016) (Alas, we were thunderstormed out!)
The Stage at Riverview Launch
1523 Riverview Dr., Kalamazoo, Michigan

Monday, July 25, 2016, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight For Life, by Edward O. Wilson, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Join us for a discussion of this call to action by biologist and firebrand, Edward O. Wilson, who also happens to be professor emeritus, Harvard University, and a prolific author. Okay, maybe firebrand is a bit of an exaggeration, but Wilson doesn’t pull punches, especially lately. If you’ve never read Wilson’s work and you care about your home planet, think about diving into this relatively short argument for wilderness. And if you know Wilson’s work, consider reading his latest. Free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month in The Espresso Bar above Literati. Note that Literati will give you 15% off the cover price if you mention that you’re buying Half-Earth for the book club. Note that we alternate between meeting on Monday and Tuesday, every other month.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

9781615190836E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World, by Kathleen Jamie, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Join us for a discussion of this collection of essays by Scottish poet and essayist, Kathleen Jamie, whose first collection of essays, Findings, stunned me. As a lover of wide-open wild places, I sometimes forget to remember the immense pleasure to be found in roaming land that bears evidence of long human settlement while simultaneously allowing plenty of room for wild nature. Jamie’s gift is to articulate this pleasure and find meaning in it. Free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month in The Espresso Bar above Literati. Note that Literati will give you 15% off the cover price if you mention that you’re buying Sightlines for the book club.

Wednesday, April 26, 2016, 7 pm, South Lyon, Michigan:

Poetry Reading with Alison Swan, Dennis Heinricson, Terry Blackhawk, Scott Russell, David Grove, Deanne Lundin, Kathleen Ripley Leo, Lisa Powers, Joseph Matuzak and Others. Have you celebrated National Poetry Month yet?
Third Monk Brewing
228 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon, Michigan

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, noon to 1 pm, Kalamazoo, Michigan:

The Saugautck DunesTalk: Reimagining the Freshwater Heart of North America, by Alison Swan
Lee Honors College Lounge, Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan
I’m honored to be delivering the tenth talk in the Our Blue Marble: Water, Home, and Humanity (Part 1) lecture series. I’ll talk about two of my book projects: Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes and The Saugatuck Dunes, and the ways in which the literary and visual arts might help us reimagine our relationship with the Great Lakes and their shores. Click here for more information about the series. And click here for more information about my books.

Monday, March 21, 2016, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

9780865477728E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Join us for a discussion of this book by new urbanist, Jeff Speck, who co-authored the influential  Suburban Nation: the Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. Anyone’s whose had the luxury of walking to work, as I did from 1987 through 1997, can attest to myriad benefits of walking regularly through safe, lively neighborhoods where others are doing the same. Free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month in The Espresso Bar above Literati. Note that Literati will give you 15% off the cover price if you mention that you’re buying Walkable City for the book club.

9780143117001Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Join us for a discussion of this book by Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel. Selected as our next title because it comes highly recommended by two EcoBook Club regulars, Collapse overflows with information I believe we ignore at our peril, beginning with a fresh take with what’s currently transpiring with the economy and the environment in Montana. Free and open to the public. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month. Contact Literati for more information.

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 6.45.17 PMFriday, January 15, 2016, 6:30 pm, Grand Rapids, Michigan:

The Michigan Poet anthology release partyReading and book signing, with many contributors to the new collection, including Alison Swan.
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters
758 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Please join us for literary festiveness. My thanks to Michigan Poet editors Foster Neill and Jon Taylor who publish beautiful broadsides funded with their own money–and now this anthology. You can donate (and get a copy of the anthology) via their Facebook page.

*Monday*, November 16, 2015, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

braiding-sweetgrass-web-book-cover2E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Discussion of this new book by mother, scientist, professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a Great Lakes Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer. One of the reasons I’m grateful to host Literati’s Eco Book Club: I get to promote refreshing, intelligent books like this one, a current favorite. Free and open to the public. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month. Contact Literati for more information.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

thE c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life, by George Monbiot, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Discussion of this new book by journalist turned environmental activist, George Monbiot, who’s probably best known for his TED talk on rewilding (a timely  and compelling term unrecognized by autocorrect!).  Free and open to the public. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month. Contact Literati for more information.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

ed1edb49ddd2c435ce170acad3153fe8E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Discussion of this award-winning book by a smart, sassy young naturalist who’s become an expert on crows (and our problematic relationship with wild nature) while mothering her firstborn in the city. Free and open to the public. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month. Contact Literati for more information.

Here CoverSunday, July 19, 2015, noon to 2 pm, Munising, Michigan:

Reading and Book Signing with Alison Swan, Lisa Coutley, Sue Harrison, and Barbara Henning, contributors to the new collection, Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, edited by Ron Riekki, Forward by Alison Swan
Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore
Downtown Munising, Michigan
Call Falling Rock for more information (906) 387-3008

Monday, June 29, 2015, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Reading and Book Signing with Alison Swan, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Caitlin Horrocks, and Gloria Whelan, contributors to the new collection, Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, edited by Ron Riekki, Forward by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Contact Literati Bookstore for more information

Here CoverSaturday, June 13, 2015, 1 to 3 pm, Howell, Michigan:

Book Signing with Alison Swan and Amy McInnis, contributors to the new collection, Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, edited by Ron Riekki, Forward by Alison Swan
Blue Frog Books
3615 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, Michigan

Friday, June 12, 2015, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Alison Swan, Jerry Dennis, Holly Wren Spaulding, and Keith Taylor, all of whom have published chapbooks with Alice Greene & Company
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Join us for a discussion of this important new book. Free and open to the public. The Eco Book Club, hosted by Alison Swan, meets every other month.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6 to 8:30 pm:

Read Together: This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein, who argues that climate change is a civilizational wakeup call.
Kalamazoo Public Library
315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, Michigan

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 to 8:45 pm:

Emerging Writers Poetry Writing Workshop: Whatever It Takes
Ann Arbor District Library–Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 3:30 to 5 pm:

Innovation Circle with Dylan Miner and Others
MSU Global–Michigan State University
Nisbet Building, 1407 S. Harrison Rd., Ste. 301, East Lansing, Michigan

Thursday, June 19, 2914, 5 pm:

Poetry Reading with Alison Swan, Keith Taylor, and Robert Fanning, contributors to the 2014 Michigan Notable Book Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry
Theodore Roethke House
1805 Gratiot Ave., Saginaw, Michigan

Friday, June 13, 2914, 5 pm:

Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry (Michigan Notable Book): Reading and Book Signing with Alison Swan, Patricia Clark, Linda Nemec Foster, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Francine Harris, Dennis Hinrichsen, D. R.  James, Josie Kearns, William Olsen, Anne-Marie Oomen, Mary Ann Samyn, and Keith Taylor
Dog Ears Books
106 Waukazoo St., Northport, Michigan

Friday, April 25, 2014, Noon:

Michigan Writers: Alison Swan, Ron Riekki, D.R. James, Jane Piirto ~ Reading, conversation, book signing.
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 E. Center St., Petersburg, Michigan

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 pm:

Michigan Writers: Alison Swan and Ron Riekki ~ Reading, conversation, and book signing.
Reese Unity District Library
2065 Gates St., Reese, Michigan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:00 pm & 6:30 pm:

Michigan Writers: Alison Swan, Ron Riekki, and  Others ~ It’s National Poetry Month and Earth Day. Reading, conversation, and book signing.

2:00 pm (Alison Swan, Ron Riekki, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Joseph Gross, Arnie Johnston, Kim Kolbe, )
Paw Paw District Library
609 W. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, Michigan

6:30 pm (Alison Swan, Ron Riekki, Joy Gaines-Friedler, Charmi Keranen, Kathleen McGookey)
Bangor Branch Library
420 Division St., Bangor, Michigan

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10 am to 3 pm:

Whatever It Takes: Poetry-Writing Intensive with Alison Swan~Our theme will be, “Gathering Up.” We’ll talk about settling down, digging in, and looking far, as ways to generate new work–and improve work-in-progress. Whether you’re new to poetry, honing your craft, or simply seeking to spend a day among lovers of words, join this stimulating and relaxed gathering near beautiful Lake Michigan. 
Box Factory for the Arts
1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan

Wednesday, December 11, 3013, 7:00 pm:

Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry Reading (Alison Swan and Others Read from the New Anthology)
East Grand Rapids Library
746 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wednesday, December 4, 3013, 7:00 pm:

Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry Reading (Alison Swan and Others Read from the New Anthology)
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 7:00 pm:

Poetry Reading: Alison Swan and Other Contributors to Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry
Brilliant Books
118 E. Front St., Traverse City, Michigan

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 10 am to 3 pm:

Whatever It Takes: Looking Far: Poetry-Writing Intensive with Alison Swan
Box Factory for the Arts
1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan

Monday, November 3, 2013, 7:00 pm:

Poetry Reading: Alison Swan, Caroline Maun, and Keith Taylor
Nicola’s Books
2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:00 pm:

Poetry Reading: Alison Swan and Teresa Scollon
Brilliant Books
118 E. Front St., Traverse City, Michigan

Saturday, September 28, 2013:

It’s a Matter of Opinion: Expressions in Ink (Alison Swan and Other Poets and Writers Respond to the Artwork)
Water Street Gallery
98 Center St., Douglas, Michigan

Saturday, August 17, 2013:

Whatever It Takes: Digging In: Poetry-Writing Intensive with Alison Swan
The Box Factory
1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan

Saturday, July 27, 2013:

Our Rivers, Our Lakes Reading with Alison Swan, Terry Blackhawk & David Swan
Grosse Pointe Art Center
11178 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Wednesday, June 26, 2013:

Alison Swan & Jack Ridl Read from their New Books of Poems
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St., Saugatuck, Michigan

Wednesday, April 24, 2013:

Reading & Book Signing with Alison Swan & Patricia Clark
Sponsored by Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters
In the old Literary Life Bookstore space, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thursday, October 25, 2012:

Alison Swan judges “An Evening of Haiku and Prose Poetry”
Performing Arts Center
Grand Valley State University

Friday, June 15, 2012:

Reading & Book Signing with Alison Swan, Anne-Marie Oomen, Patricia McNair
Brilliant Books
118 E. Front St., Traverse City, Michigan

Wednesday, May 16, 2012:

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
The Box Factory
1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan

Wednesday, April 25, 2012:

National Poetry Month Gathering: Bring your favorite poem to share
Uncommon Grounds
127 Hoffman St., Saugatuck, Michigan

Friday, March 16, 2012:

Poetry Reading & Book Signing: Alison Swan & Keith Taylor
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St., Saugatuck, Michigan

Wednesday, February 29 – Saturday, March 3, 2012:

Conference Presentation: “Midwestern Cities: Contemporary Ecopoetics”
2012 Associated Writing Programs Conference, Chicago, Illinois

Friday, February 17, 2012

Poetry Reading & Book Signing
Nicola’s Books
2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saturday, December 3, 2011:

Book Signing with Other Local Authors
Holiday Green Market, Saugatuck Center for the Arts

400 Culver St., Saugatuck, Michigan

Monday, November 14, 2011:

Reading and Talk : No Complacency: Imagination and Calls to Action
Gwen Frostic Lecture Series
Meader Rare Book Room, 3016 Waldo Library
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Friday, November 4, 2011:

Discussion with Jerry Dennis and Paul Webb
Conference on the Great Lakes: Love Song and Lament
Sponsored by Michigan Quarterly Review
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
434 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

Reading and Talk: “No Complacency: Imagination and Calls to Action,” Friday, October 14, 2011. The Saugatuck Woman’s Club, Saugatuck, Michigan.

Reading: “Desperate and Deliberate: Reading the North Woods Landscape,” Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Reading, May 18, 2011. Paper and Book Intensive, sponsored by the University of Alabama, Oxbow Art School, Saugatuck, Michigan.

Panel Discussion: “Recent Projects in Environmental Stewardship through the Arts,” March 20, 2011. The Arts and the Environment Colloquium, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Featured Reader, “Michigan Stories” on IMPACT Exposure, prerecorded and aired on various dates, 2010. Emily Fox, host. Impact 89FM/WDBM-FM, East Lansing, Michigan.

Workshop: “Write Where You Are,” September 25, 2010. Writers Block Series, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Michigan.

Fresh Water reunion reading, November 4, 2009. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, Michigan.

Fresh Water reunion reading, October 7, 2009. Hope College Critical Issues Symposium. Holland, Michigan.

Talk: “No Complacency: Imagination, Storytelling, and Calls to Action,” October 8, 2009. Hope College Critical Issues Symposium: At Water’s Edge: Complacency, Thirst, Action, Holland, Michigan.

Talk: “About the Great Lakes,” with Mary Gillis, ArtPrize entrant, and Lana Pollack, of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Found Board, October 2, 2009. DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Panel Discussion & Reading: “The Power of Story,” January 23, 2009. Stewardship Network Conference: The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems. Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan.

Workshop: “From the Field to the Page,” January 24, 2009. Stewardship Network Conference: The Science, Practice and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems. Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan.

Michigan: Our Land, Our Water, Our Heritage tour, November 16, 2008. Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michigan: Our Land, Our Water, Our Heritage tour, November 10, 2008. Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michigan: Our Land, Our Water, Our Heritage tour, September 25, 2008. Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Fresh Water tour, August 5, 2008. Chicago Public Library (sponsor), Notebaert Nature Museum. Chicago, Illinois.

Panel Discussion & Reading: June 12, 2008. Edition Green: The Power of Story, The University of Michigan, Flint.

Fresh Water tour, April 22, 2008. Herrick District Library, Holland, Michigan.

Workshop: “Nature Writing,” January 12, 2008. The Box Factory for the Arts Writers’ Studio, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Michigan Writers Series, November 2, 2007. Michigan State University Libraries, Computing, and Technology Division, East Lansing, Michigan.

Workshop: “Fresh Water: Words, Place, Environment,” October 22, 2007. Association of Independent Michigan Schools Annual Conference, Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Writers Reading Series, October 16, 2007. Sweetwaters Cafe, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Discussion: “Fresh Water,” October 10, 2007. Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Sister Lakes, Michigan.

Panel: “Great Lakes Beyond the News: A Writer’s Forum,” September 8, 2007. Healing Our Waters Conference, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois.

Featured Reader, Fundraiser for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, July 10, 2007. Corner Brewery, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Michigan Notable Books tour (Fresh Water), May 23, 2007. Hartford Public Library, Hartford, Michigan.

Panel: “The Writer-Editor Relationship,” May 18, 2007. Ann Arbor Book Festival Writers’ Conference, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Michigan Notable Books tour (Fresh Water), May 7, 2007. Otsego District Public Library, Otsego, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Michigan Notable Books tour (Fresh Water), April 21, 2007. White Lake Township Library, White Lake, Michigan.

Fresh Water tour, March 28, 2007. Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Fresh Water tour, March 7, 2007. Grand Rapids Public Library & Ryerson Library Foundation, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Reading & Workshop: “Fresh Water: Using Your Senses to Make Your Writing Better,” March, 2007. North Creek Elementary School and Pierce Lake Elementary School, Chelsea, Michigan.

Panel: “Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes,” December 2006.  Open Books radio program, Host Donna Seaman, Chicago, Illinois. http://www.openbooksradio.org/interviews.htm#nonfiction

Fresh Water tour, December 2, 2006. Cranesbill Books, Chelsea, Michigan.

Talk & Workshop: “Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes,” November 5, 2006. Writers’ Workshop: Connecting with the Past, The Box Factory for the Arts Writers’ Studio, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Workshop: “Write Where You Are” and Panel Discussion: “Creative Writing About Michigan,” September 30, 2006. Writing Michigan Two: The Grand Rapids Writing Conference at UICA, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Work-in-Progress Reading Series, September 2, 2006. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Fresh Water tour, November 19, 2006. Women and Children First Bookstore, Chicago, Illinois.

Fresh Water tour/Fundraiser for Friends of the Library, October 21, 2006. Saugatuck Women’s Club, Saugatuck, Michigan.

Fresh Water tour, October 10, 2006. Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Women of the Great Lakes,” May 13, 2006. Ann Arbor Book Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Authors on the Huron [River],” September 29, 2005.  Mallets Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Featured Reader, “A Celebration of Michigan: The 2004 Annual Membership Meeting of the Ecology Center,” March 28, 2004. Vitosha Bed and Breakfast, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Featured Reader, Michigan Writers Series, September 27, 2002. Michigan State University Libraries, Computing, and Technology Division, East Lansing, Michigan.

Peninsula tour, October 19, 2000. Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Peninsula tour, September 26, 2000. Portage Public Library, Portage, Michigan.

Peninsula tour, June 15, 2000. Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Featured Reader, December, 1995. Red Eye Cafe. Saginaw, Michigan.