Meet the Authors

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Authors please send your  events, readings, and gigs information to Jackie Steelman at


Michael Gaspeny and Alana Dagenhart Sherrill Reading on December 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 7 at Scuppernong Books, Michael Gaspeny and Alana Dagenhart Sherrill will be reading at 7 p.m. The event will serve as a launch party for Gaspeny’s chapbook Re-Write Men and will feature poems from Sherrill’s chapbook Blood. Both poets are Finishing Line Press authors as well as frequent classmates during summer workshops at Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.



Growing old Disgracefully by Elizabeth Marchitti readings:

The United Methodist Church. 105 Church Street, Totowa, New Jersey, at the Thursday evening Coffee House on October 26th, 2017, along with Totowa poet and photographer Doug Dunlop.

The Totowa Public Library,  537 Totowa Road, Totowa, N.J., along with a different Totowa Poet, Maude Carolan Pych, on Tuesday evening November 28, 2017.


Leslie Clark event for October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Leslie Clark will be appearing at Books by the Banks, the Cincinnati Regional Book Festival, on Oct 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

I will be there promoting and signing copies of my poetry collection, Driving in the Dark. Admission is free. More information at


Silk Purses and Lemonade Elizabeth Robins Gig Events for October

Let’s Talk: The Water is Wide
A Pat Conroy Literary Center Series
Led by Elizabeth Robin
October 10: 5-6 pm
Beaufort Branch Library
311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC

Crescendo! POP-up Poets
A “flash mob” of literary readings . . .
Elizabeth Robin and the Island Writers’ Network
October 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 23, 27
Look for time & place on social media!

Bluffton Boundary Cultural Center
21 Boundary St.
The Art of Seeing
“Trifecta” Workshops
Elizabeth Robin w/ artists Mira Scott and Mary Leto
October 9: 10-12; October 11: 6-8
October 13: 6-8 ARTISTS’ RECEPTION
October 16: 10-12; October 18: 6-8
October 21: 2-4 Grid Painting
(Crescendo! Poster)
October 23: 10-12


Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet, and Charles Peek, winner of the 2016 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry, will read, discuss, and sign.


Bookworm, Omaha, 90th and Center #111

Sunday, October 22, 1:00
Poems new and old, questions welcome, great place!
Carla Schwartz, author, Intimacy with the Wind upcoming events:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Intimacy with the Wind author Carla Schwartz interview with Poetic Lines
Hopkinton TV Studios
77 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA
Time: TBA


Saturday November 4, 2017, 2:30 – 4:15 PM – NYC!
Intimacy with the Wind author Carla Schwartz reads with other Finishing Line Press Readers
Jefferson Market Library Branch
425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (SW Corner of W. 10th St and Avenue of the Americas)
Close to W. 4th Street Station or Christopher St. Station


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:00 – 7:45 PM
Poets and Pints Happy Hour sponsored by Porter Square Books
Intimacy with the Wind author Carla Schwartz reads with 2 other poets
Aeronaut Brewery
14 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA


Sunday June 3, 2018, 12 PM
The Art of Words, Mike Amado Memorial Series
Featured Poet, Intimacy with the Wind author Carla Schwartz 
11 North St, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Patricia Carragon upcoming gig for "Innocence" and for other Finishing Line Friends. 
Finishing Line Press Group Reading at Jefferson Market Library
Saturday, November 4 from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Jefferson Market Library NYPL
425 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-4334
with Patricia Carragon, Davidson Garrett, Gillian Lynn Katz, Christina M. Rau, Carla Schwartz, Tim Tomlinson, Francine Witte
Hosted by Patricia Carragon
Free Admission
Wine and light refreshments
Facebook event:, C, E, F, D to West 4th Street
1, 2 to Christopher St./ Sheridan Sq.
L to 6th Ave.
N, R to 8th AvePlease check the MTA Weekender for Subway Updates:


Patricia Carragon’s recent publications include Bear Creek Haiku, Sensitive Skin, and Sensations Magazine among others. Her latest books are Innocence (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and The Cupcake Chronicles (Poets Wear Prada, 2017). Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is a member of brevitas, as well as the PEN Women’s Literary Workshop, Women Writers in Bloom, and Tamarind. She is an executive editor for Home Planet News Online.


Davidson Garrett is a poet, actor, and taxi driver. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, he is the author of the poetry collection, King Lear of the Taxi, published by Advent Purple Press, and three chapbooks, To Tell The Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems, published by Finishing Line Press, and Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem, and What Happened to The Man Who Taught Me Beowulf and Other Poems, published by Advent Purple Press.

Gillian Lynn Katz grew up during the apartheid era in South Africa. She immigrated to the United States as a teenager in the 1960s. In 2012 she won Second Place for her poem Midnight in the Greenburgh Poetry Contest, and Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Kaleidoscope. Her poetry has appeared in Inkwell, The Westchester Review, Epiphany and other magazines and anthologies. She has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College.

Christina M. Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection, Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017) and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and in various literary journals. She serves as Poetry Editor for the international literary journal The Nassau Review at Nassau Community College where she teaches writing. In her non-writing life, she practices yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions.
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Carla Schwartz is a poet, filmmaker, and photographe. Her poems have appeared in Aurorean, ArLiJo, Fourth River, Fulcrum, Bluefifth, Common Ground, Cactus Heart, Mom Egg, Switched-on Gutenberg, Gyroscope, Naugatuck River, Solstice, Triggerfish, Sweet Tree, and Ibbetson Street. Find her book, Mother, One More Thingon Her second book of poetry, Intimacy with the Wind, is available from Finishing Line Press. Her CB99videos youtube channel has 1,000,000+ views. Learn more, or

Tim Tomlinson is co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His chapbook Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, is the first poetry collection to address climate change catastrophe. He is also the author of Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (poetry), and This Is Not Happening to You (fiction). He lives in Brooklyn, and teaches in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Francine Witte is a poet, flash fiction writer, playwright, photographer, blogger, and reviewer. She is the author of five chapbooks and her full-length poetry book, Cafe Crazy, is forthcoming from Kelsay books. She is a former high school teacher. She lives in Manhattan.



David A. Petreman will read his poetry at The Bellhop Café in Bellbrook, Ohio at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017.


Charles Darnell - Water, Tongues, Earth, and Blood upcoming readings:

Charles Darnell will be the featured reader at Voices de la Luna on October 17th, 6:30 PM. The reading takes place at the Oakwell Farms Public Library.

Charles Darnell will be reading his poems along with Jim LaVilla-Havelin and Jo Reyes-Boitel at Viva Tacoland on November 10th. time to be announced.

Charles Darnell will be at the Georgetown Poetry Festival in Georgetown, Texas October 13-14. He will read his poems published in The Enigmatist, Blue Hole, and the anthology, When Time and Space Conspire.



J. Todd Hawkins will be reading around Texas in support of his new chapbook Ten Counties Away from Finishing Line Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at each of the following events.
Ten Counties Away Dallas/Ft. Worth Book Launch

Benbrook Public Library

1065 Mercedes St, Benbrook, TX

Friday, October 13, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Todd will be the featured reader at the monthly Second Friday Reading Series hosted by Mike Baldwin and Susan V. Taylor.

Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase

Deep Vellum Books

3000 Commerce St, Dallas, TX

Friday, October 20, 2017, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Todd will be a featured reader at the Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase, a monthly series hosted by Christopher Soden, Gayle Reaves, Paul Koniecki, Dan Collins, and Mark David Noble.

Readings with Kimberly J Simms. Fall 2017 - PRESS RELEASE - LINDY LEE - SONGS ON MILL HILL - KIMBERLY J SIMMS 2017

Furman Homecoming Alumni Book Signing
Book signing sponsored by Furman Alumni.
Saturday, October 21 2017 11 am to 1 pm.
Furman’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
Student center by the lake.
3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613

Book Launch at Hub City Bookshop
Book Launch sponsored by Hub City.
Saturday October 21, 2017. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
The night will feature wine, nibbles, a reading by the author, door prizes, and fun!
186 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

Travelers Rest Branch Library
Book Talk and Signing sponsored by GCLS
Thursday December 7, 2017. 7 pm to 8 pm.
17 Center Street
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

More info at or email

Book Signing October 21. 11:00-1:00 Barnes & Noble Furman University
Alumni book signing featuring Kimberly J Simms signingher debut book of poetry LINDY LEE: SONGS ON MILL HILL. Furman’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Student center by the lake. 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613. Part of Furman Homecoming.


Public Book Launch October 21. 6:30-8:00 Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg, SC
Kimberly J Simms will be doing a reading and signing from her debut book of poetry LINDY LEE: SONGS ON MILL HILL 6:30 p.m. The night will feature light refreshments and door prizes. 186 W Main St, Spartanburg.

Please feel free to bring friends to this public event!


Tracy Seffers author of Some Other Life events for 2017



Tracy Seffers, West Virginia poet and author of the Finishing Line Press chapbook, ‘Some Other Life‘, published July 2017, will be one of two local poets reading from their new chapbooks at Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown, WV, 1 pm on Saturday, October 21.

Local readings here in midcoastal Maine will be over the summer.
Crackpot Chronicles – older blog
folly me on Twitter
Ellen Sander’s Classic Rock Readers (Kindle Eds.)  No Kindle?  No Problem:
Free Kindle Reader at
Lynne Viti -BALTIMORE GIRLS--scheduled readings and programs 2017-2018
Lynne Spigelmire Viti, JD, PhD
Senior lecturer in the Writing Program
Blogging at Still In School
Monday October 30, 7 PM,  Book Culture,536 WEST 112TH ST.  New York, NY 10024

November 7, 2017-Bird in Hand –Readings with Ralphie (Ralph   Alvarez) , 11 E 33rd St, Baltimore, Tuesday at 7 PM, Bird in Hand Bookstore Phone(410) 243-0757

Lois Levinson readings for Crane Dance: 2017
Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:00pm:  Reading at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore,
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder, CO

Sunday October 29, 2017, 2:00 – 4:30pm
:  Book Launch Party and Reading,
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
1515 Race Street
Denver, CO
Saturday November 4, 2017, 4:30 pm: Reading at Bookbar,
4280 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

Barbara de la Cuesta upcoming events:

I will be reading Rosamundo aloud to a group of blind booklovers, and concurrently recording the sessions to create an audiobook.  If you are vision impaired and live near or in central New Jersey, We’d love to invite you to this informal event.  Contact Barbara de la Cuesta at 848 210 1735 for details.
I will also be participating in a reading sponsored by the New England Poetry Club at the Yenching Library at Harvard University on March 6, 2018 at 7pm.
Barbara de la Cuesta
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