Upcoming Events

Jazz Fest Book Signing

Sat, May 4, 2017
4:00 -5:00 PM at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans Fair Grounds
Join me in the Jazz Fest book tent for a book signing! 

Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism

Friday, April 21, 2017
3:30-4:30 at New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
In women’s literature, myth and magic easily co-exist with domestic concerns; indeed they often amplify the drama of the ordinary. An appreciation for the blending of real and surreal elements has existed since Flannery O’Connor’s accolades and through contemporary poets. Recently, Amber Sparks coined the term “domestic fabulism” in her June 2014 essay “New Genres: Domestic Fabulism or Kansas with a Difference” in which she defines it as writing that "takes the elements of fabulism—the animals that talk, the weather that wills itself into being, the people who can fly—and pulls them in tight, bringing them home. Domestic fabulism uses elements like a magnifying glass, or rather, a funhouse mirror" (Sparks). We see it as a disturbingly close-to-home magical realism. With Stacey Balkun, Catherine Moore, Jade Hurter, Paula Neves, Erin Elizabeth Smith

Past Events

Reading: Poetry Performance with Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley

Wed, April 13, 2016
6:00 PM at Alvar Library
913 Alvar St NOLA 70117

Dr. Peter Cooley will headline a poetry reading, performing alongside the participants of the workshop. Local poet Lee Grue will MC the reading and introduce the poets. Free & open to the public.

Workshop: Here is Where We Are: The Poetry of Geography & Place 

Sat, April 16, 2016
2:00 PM at Arts Estuary
1024 Elysian Fields Ave NOLA 70117

In this generative workshop, we will read and discuss a selection of poems of place and examine how a writer’s “inscape” can be reflected in the outer landscape. See full description here. Free for registered Festival attendees.

Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak Book Launch Party!

Fri, May 6, 2016
6:00-8:00 PM at Tubby & Coo's
632 N. Carrolton Ave NOLA 70119

Join Stacey Balkun with poets Jen Hanks, Jade Hurter, Z. W. Mohr, Jessica Morey-Collins, & Chris Romaguera for poems, snacks, and jackalope-themed drinks. Beastie costumes encouraged.

Reading: Dogfish presents Stephanie Hepburn and Stacey Balkun

Thurs, May 19, 2016
7:00 PM at Dogfish
2448 N. Villere Street NOLA 70117

Dogfish is thrilled to present readings by Stephanie Hepburn and Stacey Balkun! You know the drill: great features, great drinks, great food, great people. Come on out to Dogfish. 

Reading: Maple Street Bookshop

Thurs, June 23, 2016
6:00-8:00 PM at Maple Street Books

7523 Maple Street NOLA 70118
Please join us on Thursday, June 23, at 6PM, when we will have poets Adam Crittenden, Stacey Balkun, and Sara Slaughter.

Reading Between the Wines

Wed, August 3, 2016
7:00 PM at Pearl Wine Bar
3700 Orleans Avenue, NOLA 70119

Local authors discuss & sign their new books. Free & open to the public.

10th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival

October 14-15, 2016
Downtown Frostburg, MD

http://www.frostburg.edu/cla/indie-lit-festival/

Reading: Ladyfest New Orleans

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM

2448 N. Villere St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The Wednesday evening reading will take place at a private residence that hosts the monthly Dogfish Reading Series, and will involve great food, great wine, and great fun! We'll hear from some of the fantastic women writing literature in New Orleans and Louisiana, including Gina Ferrara, Andrea Panzeca, Lauren Burgess, The Witness, Anna Young, Sara Jacobelli, Jade Hurter, Laura McKnight, Raina Zelinski, Nancy Harris, Stacey Balkun, Aran Donovan, and Nicole Eiden. Everyone is welcome! 

Reading: 2016 Faulker Society Words & Music Festival

Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:00 PM at the Hotel Monteleone's Queen Ann Ballroom

214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
https://wordsandmusic.org/2016-words-music-schedule/

Reading: 2016 FORESTival

Saturday, November 12, 2016
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at A Studio in the Woods
14301 Patterson Road, New Orleans, LA

Suggested Donation $5 at Gate. Musical performances by: Sweet Crude, Johnny Angel and Helldorado, and Aaron Cohen. Artist presentations by current and former residents Jackie Ehle Inglefield, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, E. Oscar Maynard, Benjamin Morris, and Megan Singleton. Special Guest Artists Calliope Puppets, Ana Hernandez/Joan Mitchell Center Emerging Artist-in-Residence, and Pop Up Poets: Gina Ferrara, Cassie Pruyn, and more! Art Activities in the Kids in the Woods Studio. Walks in the Woods with Scientists David Baker, botanist and ASITW Environmental Curator, and Ryan Moore, entomologist.

Author Signing: Small Business Saturday at Kitchen Witch

Saturday, November 26, 2016
12:00-2:00 PM at Kitchen Witch
1452 N. Broad St, Suite C, New Orleans, LA 70117
I will sell and sign copies of my new chapbook, Lost City Museum. There will be drinks and specials at Kitchen Witch and at their neighbors’ along Bayou Road to celebrate Small Business Saturday. A portion of all sales will go to the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans. RSVP here

Reading: The Class Reunion Reading

Saturday, December 3, 2016
7:00-9:00 PM at BJ's

4301 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Members of the 2016 National Poetry Month Workshop with Dr. Peter Cooley will read their works. More info here.

Reading: SAFTA Reading Series

Sunday, December 11, 2016
2:00 PM at Bar Marley
760 Stone St NW, Knoxville, TN 37901
Along with featured readers Amie Whittemore and Catherine Moore. RSVP here
http://www.sundresspublications.com/safta/reseries.htm

Lost City Museum Chapbook Release Party

Thursday, December 22, 2016
6:00-8:00 PM at Demented Brewery

600 Lincoln Blvd, Middlesex, NJ 08846
Come celebrate the release of Lost City Museum with craft beers, giveaways, pizza, and a book signing. Books will be available for sale along with broadsides. 

AWP: Sundress, Agape, and ELJ Reading

Thurs, Feb 9, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM at Madam's Organ Blues Bar
2461 18th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Join Sundress Publications, Agape Editions, and ELJ Publications for a night celebrating the work of their authors!  Readers will include...From Sundress Publications: Neil Aitken, Sarah Marcus, Natalie Giarratano, Karen Craigo, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. From Agape Editions: Nandini Dhar and Kazim Ali. From ELJ Publications: Stacey Balkun, Jessica Walsh, Nicole Oquendo, Joanna Valente, Janeen Pergrin Rastall, and Chance Castro

AWP: Poetry Barn Storms AWP

Thurs, Feb 9, 2017
10 PM - midnight at Busboys & Poets
5th & K 1025 5th Street NW Washington, DC 20001

Poetry Barn is delighted to invite you to our off-site reading and open-mic during AWP17! Our venue - Busboys & Poets - is just a 10-minute walk from the convention center - a beautiful open space with 30-ft high ceilings and a grand central staircase that leads to a mezzanine level (the "Loft") - where our reading will unfurl with a full menu available, private bar, and of course, phenomenal poetry! Featured readers include Stacey Balkun, Nandini Dhar, Jennifer Givhan, Laura-Gray Street, Cindy Hochman, Alexandra van de Kamp, Heather Knox, Kim Peter Kovac, Karen Neuberg, Soraya Shalforoosh, and Susan Yount. Lissa Kiernan hosts. The evening concludes with an open mic. Full bar and menu available. Light refreshments served. The reading will conclude with an OPEN MIC. The venue holds 60. Come early to claim your space!

The Way of the Poet: Tennessee Williams Festival

Sun, March 26, 2017
2:30 PM at
Hotel Monteleone Royal Ballroom
214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bill Lavender, co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival, previews that festival and moderates a panel of fine New Orleans poets who are also teachers, reading their new work and discussing their poetic concerns: Stacey Ann Balkun, who has just published Lost City Museum; Peter Cooley, whose ninth book is Night Bus to the Afterlife; Jerry W. Ward Jr., author of Fractal Song; and Rodney Jones, whose 11th book is Village Prodigies.

Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism

Friday, April 21, 2017
3:30-4:30 at New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
In women’s literature, myth and magic easily co-exist with domestic concerns; indeed they often amplify the drama of the ordinary. An appreciation for the blending of real and surreal elements has existed since Flannery O’Connor’s accolades and through contemporary poets. Recently, Amber Sparks coined the term “domestic fabulism” in her June 2014 essay “New Genres: Domestic Fabulism or Kansas with a Difference” in which she defines it as writing that "takes the elements of fabulism—the animals that talk, the weather that wills itself into being, the people who can fly—and pulls them in tight, bringing them home. Domestic fabulism uses elements like a magnifying glass, or rather, a funhouse mirror" (Sparks). We see it as a disturbingly close-to-home magical realism. With Stacey Balkun, Catherine Moore, Jade Hurter, Paula Neves, Erin Elizabeth Smith