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Readings and Events: Past and Present

Events 2023


 Events 2023 Poetry Readings with Shore


December 15th  Ikar Los Angeles, California with Roger Kamenetz 8PM


December 4th Cafe Muse online In celebration of 101 Jewish poems of the Third Millenium


October 23 Bloomington, Indiana  Morgensterns Books 6:30 PM 


October 15th:  Har Zion Oak Park, Illinois Jewish Poetry Panel with Hila Ratzabi and Jamie Wendt


September 9th: Printer's Row Lit Fest 2PM  731 S. Plymouth Ct. Chicago

The Language of Lakes and Rivers with Kathryn Haydon and Joni Wallace


July 30th   New York City Poetry Festival with Nicole Calihan and Hila Ratzabi


June 18th Poetry reading with Hungry Brain reading series Chicago Illinois


May 28th Poetry Reading from Shore Sunday Salon Roscoe Books Chicago 7PM


May 23rd Poetry reading with Nicole Callihan The Book Cellar 4736 N.Lincoln Chicago 7PM


May 21st Poetry, Memoir, Fiction and the Art of Remembering with Sandi Wisenberg and Goldie Goldbloom

Loop Synagogue 16 S. Clark Street Chicago 2PM


May 2nd Poetry Reading from Shore Urbana Public Library with Robert Manaster 7PM


 April 20th: Poetry reading from Shore with Dipika Mukerjee at Seminary Book Coop 6PM


April 18th: Poetry reading from Shore with Nicole Hefner Callihan Brooklyn Public Libraray/Dumbo 630PM


April 8th: Featured poet with Highland Park Poetry Laughlin Gallery 1900 Sheridan St. 4PM


April 2nd: 3:00 Launch for poetry collection, Shore. The Wine Godess  By invitation Evanston, Illinois






Recent events:


May, 29th 2022 5:30 Literary Modi'in, Israel Reading from Drawn from Water with Sarah Ansbacher


February 22, 2021 7:00 PM Poetry Reading celebrating the anthology 101 Poems of the Third Millenium at Buffalo JCC with Nancy Naomi Carlson. Jane Yolen, Jane Hirschfeld and others 


March 20,2020 (virtual) Reading at Bookends with other contributors to Fury anthology


September 8, 2019 ShirTikvah Congrgation, Homewood Illinois, Drawn from Water 2:00pm


August 5, 2019  Scribblers on the Roof Reading Series, Drawn from Water, Anche Hesed NYC 8:00 pm


June 12, 2019 Poetry Reading with other contributors to Caesura Tel-Avivi University 4:00pm


Reading from Drawn from Water

June 10  7PM  AACI Beer Sheva, Israel (details to follow)


 May 11 Evanston Lit Fest 

Please join us at Bookends & Beginnings as we kick off the week-long 2019 Evanston Literary Festival with local poets and writers. Reading new work on themes of renewal, celebration, and gratitude, hosts Dina Elenbogen and Ignatius Valentine Aloysius will join authors Reginald Gibbons, Chris Green, Mary Hawley, Parneshia Jones, Mike Puican, Cornelia Maude Spelman, Sachin Waikar, and Zoe Zolbrod.  May 11 Bookends &Beginnins 6:00-7:30pm


 March 7  Lecture on Voice in Memoir

Open Books  West Loop 6:00 PM


November 18 Sunday Salon Reading series

with Will Bost, Rebecca Makkai and Jeremy T. Wilson

The Reveler Roscoe St. and Damen Chicgao 7PM


October 8 Featured Poet at Travelling Mollys reading series

Buzz Cafe Oak Park, Il 6:30 



May-July 2018 events


Applied Words:
American Authors, Transnational Voices

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 7 – 9 PM
Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division, Chicago

At a moment when the US government seems to be pushing much of the rest of the world away, Natania Rosenfeld has assembled a program of writers whose work is informed by backgrounds, experiences, and research that reach across national borders. The memories and histories of persecution, migration, exile, and assimilation threaded through these authors' poetry and prose are a welcome reminder that American writing is always already global. i will be reading with Faisal Mohyuddin, Natania Rosenfeld and Ruth Danon.



Evanston Lit Fest

From Paralysis to Protest: Mobiizing Resistance

I am hosting and participating in this reading with other poets, writers and activists 

Bookends & Beginnings May 12: 6 PM



Hippocrates Poetry Prize Reading

 I am reading at this event with other finalists

 Poetry Foundation 4 PM Friday May 11






I will read poems with other contributors to the anthology in Plein Air

704 Main Street, Evantson, IL

4:30 - 6:30 pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Free & open to the public.


Printers Row Lit Fest

I will give a mini-lecture on Memoir Writing: discovering a self and a world

University of Chicago Writers Studio event

Sunday, June 10 3PM 





 2017 events


July 29: 3:00 Poetry reading at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue Boulder, CO


July 15 1:00 Opening lecture at Bussiness of Writing Seminar University of Chicago


Tour schedule with Drawn from Water, Poetry Readings, & Panels, January-May 2017


January 15: Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery: "Inauguration: Affirmation, Empowerment and Resistance" I will read poems on this topic with poets, SusannaLang,
Ugochi Nwaogwugwu, Kee Stein, Kimberly Marie Ousley and Freesia McKee. 1:00 pm
We are part of the Writer's Resist network with readings throughout the city and country.


February 10: AWP Panel: When Writers Move In and Out of Their Countries and Genres
with Harriet Levin Millan, Fabienne Josephat and Kelvin Christopher James time TBA


February 28: San Francisco State University Lecture on Drawn from Water 4:00


March 2: UC Berkeley Talk/Reading from Drawn from Water 6:30 pm Judah Magnes Museum


March 6: UC San Diego Discussion/Reading Drawn from Water 5:00pm


April 30 Temple Israel Long Beach Reads One Book: Drawn from Water


May 7 : 7:00 Evanston Literary Festival. Celtic Knot Evanston Poets Resist Reading with
Virginia Bell, Eran Tseglov, Mike Puican and Ignatius Valentine Aloysius

May 21st 4:00 Israel stories with six other story tellers Double Tree Hotel Skokie

Events 2016

January 23 3:00 Seminary Book Coop, Chicago
I will be reading from Drawn from Water and Aviya Kushner will be reading from her new memoir, The Grammar of God, followed by a conversation between the two of us.

March 10, 6:30 pm Temple Sinai Newport News, Virginia

April 5, 7:00 pm Brandeis Alumni Group Baltimore, Maryland

May 14 5:30 Evanston Literary Festival, Unicorn Cafe: Poetry reading with Chris Green,
Rachel Jamison Webster, Christina Pugh and John McCarthy

June 11 4:15 Printer's Row Lit Fest Reading with University of Chicago Writer's Studio.

Events 2015


October 3rd- Amherst poetry Festival- Poetry reading 2:00 Emily Dickenson Homstead

Amherst, Mass. I will be reading new poems from my manuscript: The Language of Rivers


October 11- I will be reading from and discussing Drawn from Water at The Bookstall
3:00 811 Elm street Winnetka


October 19 Max and Benny's Jewish Author Series 7:00- Discussing Drawn from Water
461 Waukegan Rd. Northbrook, Il.


Bookends and Beginnings: Memoir Writing Workshop
Wednesdays October 19 and 26- 10:30-12:00


August 30th- 9:00 Orot: Center for Jewish Learning, Wilmette, IL.
Shofar as an opening to Expression: Creative Writing
Teaching with Rebecca Minkus-Liberman


June 18- Stories from the House of Truth. Reading fiction with others
May 16: Evanston Lit Fest 3:00 Poetry Reading with Parneisha Jones and others
922 Davis Evanston
May 20- Reading and discussion of Drawn from Water Beth Emet Evanston 7:30
May 31 Seminary Book Coop Hyde Park Reading from Drawn from Water 3:00
May 10: Reading from Drawn from Water: That's All She Wrote Live Lit Great Lakes Tatoo
1148 Grand Avenue Chicago 8:00 pm
April 29-Poetry Reading with Natania Rosenfeld and Aviya Kushner Women and Children First, Chicago
April 26: Reading at University of Iowa Hillel/Prairie lights 2:00
April 17: Reading from Drawn from Water at Box Car Books Bloomington Indiana 7:00 pm
April 11 2015: Reading@ Subtext Books 165 Western Ave. North St. Paul, 2:30 pm
April 10 2015: Signing@ Associated Writing Programs Book fair Bk MK Press 12:30-1:30
April 2 2015: Reading from Drawn from Water at The Book Cellar Chicago
4736 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago 7:30 pm
March 15 2015 : Launch Reading for Drawn from Water at Bookends and Beginnings
Evanston, Illinois 3:00pm
February 27 2015: Panel: Celebrating Saul Bellow's Centenary Cliff dwellers Chicago 5:30 pm




May 18, 2014 Zolla/Liberman Gallery West Huron Chicago 4:00-6:00
Launch Reading for Vol. 25 of december Magazine. With Marvin Bell.


March 1st 2012 Panel @ AWP Conference Chicago Writing in The City that Works:Chicago Writing in the 21st Century. Palmer House Hotel. Noon


February 29, 2012 A Festival of Language Poetry Reading (with other Chicago poets)
Rock Bottom Brewry 1 Grand Avenue 5:30 p.m.


July 29, 2011 Rhino reads featured poet Evanston, Illinois 7:00


May 2010 Reading my fiction from anthology Where We Find Ourselves, SUNY 2009 (sponsored by UniVerse of Poetry and WBEZ Radio)
with other local contributers
Katerinas, Chicago 8:00


January 9, 2010
Poetry Reading: Sponsored by Kfar and Zeek Magazine
with Kevin Coval and other local writers
Chopin Theater, Chicago 8:00


June 29, 2009: T'mol Shilmshon King Solomon St. Jerusalem 7:00
Reading from Apples of the Earth
with Karen Alklay Gut


June 7, 2009: Printer's Row Book Festival 3:00

Reading with other contributors from Where We Find Ourselves

May 6, 2009: Chicago Cultural Center 6:00
A Celebration of Israel through Poetry
Info. siegbogen@aol.com

April 17, 2009: Flatfile Galleries
217 North Carpenter Chicago 7:00
The Marriage of Poetry Readings and Performances
Info. www.universeofpoetry.org


April 22, 2009: Barnes and Noble at De Paul Center
1 East Jackson Blvd. Chicago 6:00
Readings from Where We Find Ourselves: Jewish Women Around the World Write About Home


January 17, 2008: Nextbook Reading Series (with Ilana Blumberg and music by Stuart Rosenberg) Madron Gallery of American Art, 1000 West North Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Il., 7:00 p.m.


November 20, 2007: Free Verse Poetry Series Hosted by Richard Fameree, Flatfile Gallery, Chicago, Il., 7:30 p.m.


August 15, 2007: The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Il., 7:00 p.m.


May 4, 2007: Beth Emet Congregation, Evanston, Il., 8:30 p.m.


October 28, 2006: University of Iowa Hillel Center with Tony Eprile, 7:00 p.m., sponsored by Iowa Writer's Workshop


June 25, 2006: Highland Park Public Library 3:00 PM (Part of Nextbook meet the scholar program)


June 11, 2006: Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival (signing) 11:00-6:00


June 3, 2006: Printer's Row Book Fair, Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Stage, Chicago, 12:30


May 18, 2006: Borders Books 1700 Maple Evanston 7:30 PM


April 4, 2006: Transitions Bookplace Chicago 7:30 PM (with Tod Thilleman)


January 19, 2006: The Bookstall at Chestnut Court 7:00 PM (with Julie Parson-Nesbitt)


November 18, 2005: Women and Children First Books (reading and reception) 4:00 PM


November 8, 2005: Bowery Poetry Club New York (reading and release party for Apples of the Earth)

Subtext Books St. Paul April 2015