Events

UPCOMING

Teaching Vonnegut Workshop: “Write Like a Human Being. Write Like a Writer.”

July 20, 2021 4-6 PM EST Sponsored by Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. For teachers of Vonnegut and anyone interested in Vonnegut’s advice on writing. Part of a series of workshops on Vonnegut and the environment. For more information and to sign up, go to: https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/teachkv/


John W. Kluge Lecture: “Kurt Vonnegut, Quintessential American Writer-Humorist: How Being a Prisoner of War during the Firebombing of Dresden Shaped his Work.”

November 1, 2021 Distinguished Visitor, American Academy in Berlin. Open to Academy Fellows and a general audience. Hans Arnhold Center, Am Sandwerder 17-19, 14109 Berlin, Germany.


Bard College Berlin Lecture: “Pity the Reader: Kurt Vonnegut as Teacher.”

November 2, 2021 Distinguished Visitor, American Academy in Berlin. Lecture for Bard College Berlin students. Hans Arnhold Center, Am Sandwerder 17-19, 14109 Berlin, Germany.

Reading at Hunter College’s Junior Year in New York Program, New York, NY 1988

“Our ability to read…makes us the freest of women and men–and children…” – Kurt Vonnegut

READINGS

  • Wellfleet Library, Wellfleet, MA, 2020
  • Politics & Prose, Connecticut Ave., Washington D.C., 2020
  • Dixon Place, New York, NY, “Something’s Happening Here: Kurt Vonnegut and the 60s Zeitgeist,” with Mark Berger and songs performed by Christopher Sears, 2019
  • Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY, Conversation with owner, Dick Herman, 2019
  • Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, NY, 2019
  • Oddysey Books, South Hadley, MA, 2019
  • Brookline Booksmith, MA, 2019
  • Strand Bookstore, New York, NY Pity The Reader book launch and conversation with Ginger Strand moderated by Dan Simon
  • AWP Off-site, “Two Hats: A Reading by Writers Who Are Editors,” Los Angeles, CA 2016
  • Writer’s Read, The Cell Theatre, “Heaven on Earth,” New York, NY, 2015 
  • Writer’s Read, The Cell Theatre, NYC, “Papa,” Father’s Day, New York, NY, 2014
  • Editors of Bellevue Literary Review reading, KGB Bar, New York, NY, 2014
  • New York Public Library, “Periodically Speaking: The Magathon” (74:55 on video), New York, NY, 2010 
Granfalllon Conference, Bloomington, IN, 2019

SPEAKING

  • Vonnegut Museum and Library, 10th Anniversary Celebration, Indianapolis, IN, virtual panel discussion, “Vonnegut and the Environment,” 2021
  • Iowa Public Radio, “Talk of Iowa Book Club,” discussion about Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Mother Night, 2021
  • Reading Hope in Trying Times – A series of writers speaking about hope and endurance during the pandemic of Covid-19, sponsored by Brian Allain, founder of Writing for Your Life, resources for spiritual writers, 2020 
  • Moderator, symposium on emerging play at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, sponsored by New Jersey Theatre Alliance, April 29, 2016
  • Speech on Kurt Vonnegut as a teacher and writer for “Night of Vonnegut” at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, April 19, 2014
  • Moderator and panelist, “Vonnegut’s Legacy: Writing about War and Other Debacles of the Human Condition,” presented at Associated Writing Programs Conference, 2014
  • Speech honoring William Harrison, my first writing teacher, at the Arkansas Festival of Writers (which commemorated the 40th anniversary of the University of Arkansas’ MFA program, which he went on to establish), 2008

Wellfleet Library Presentation on Pity the Reader with Q&A.