Visiting Authors

Sat 23

Dante Micheaux

January 23 @ EST 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Feb 04

Maggie Smith: Keep Moving

February 4 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Feb 11

Ama Codjoe: Blood of the Air

February 11 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Feb 25

Corey Sobel: The Redshirt

February 25 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Mar 04

Athena Dixon: The Incredible Shrinking Woman

March 4 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm

Events are conducted EST via Zoom, a virtual platform. Though events are admission-free, to participate, please register by the deadline using the ticket portal below. Zoom links are emailed to registered participants.

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Past Events

October 26, 2020 – Destiny O. Birdsong

In her debut book of poems, Negotiations (Tin House, 2020), Destiny O. Birdsong writes fearlessly about what it means to live in this America, about Cardi B and top-tier journal publications, about autoimmune disease and the speaker’s intense hunger for her own body—a surprise of self-love in the aftermath of both assault and diagnosis.



October 22, 2020 – Kate Reed Petty

In conversation with Sally Bittner Bonn. An inventive and breathtaking exploration of a woman finding her voice in the wake of trauma, True Story (Penguin Random House, 2020) is part psychological thriller, part fever dream, and part timely comment on sexual assault, power, and the very nature of truth.



October 8, 2020 – Lucia LoTempio

The poems in Lotempio’s debut Hot with the Bad Things take a close look at violence against women, both physical and psychological.



October 3, 2020 – Rae-Ellen W. Kavey & Allison B. Kavey: Viral Pandemics

Rae-Ellen W. Kavey, MD, MPH is a pediatric cardiologist and public health practitioner with a career-long commitment to traditional medicine and a public health approach to the prevention of heart disease.

Allison B. Kavey, PH.D is a professor of history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Centre.



September 24, 2020 – Minda Harts

Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color, and an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner.



September 23, 2020 – Keith Wilson

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem Fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.



September 8, 2020 – Kathy Engel

Over the past 40 years, poet, essayist, and educator Kathy Engel has worked in many of the major social justice, peace, and human rights movements in the United States.



September 3, 2020 – Lauren Camp

Lauren Camp is the author of five books of poetry, including One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), selected for the Dorset Prize by David Wojahn and a finalist for the Arab American Book Award, Camp works in the confluence of sound, psychology and language.




August 6, 2020 – Melanie Conroy-Goldman

Melanie Conroy-Goldman is an author and educator. She has cemented her place in the literary world with fiction published in Southern Review, StoryQuarterly, and other anthologies and websites.