We’ve pointed you in his direction before, but this week, we want to give Dustin Brookshire the full highlight he deserves. Brookshire has hosted virtual workshops and readings for the literary community to enjoy during quarantine. The poet, activist, and self-professed Dolly Parton fanatic is having his own event this week. He'll be reading as part of the Performance Poets of the Palm Beaches series on Sunday, July 12 at 3pm with M. Nzadi Keita.
His Wild and Precious Life Series is meant to connect the literary community during a time of physical separation—work in the spirit of our This Week is Lit compilation posts. Support Brookshire’s efforts by participating in the next installment of the series, which will be held next Wednesday, the 15th of July at 7:30pm.
Diamond Forde, author of forthcoming Mother Body, editor and translator Jake Levine, Kamilah Aisha Moon, author of Starshine & Clay, and Caridad Moro-Gronlier, author of Visionware, will read on Wednesday evening.
Hear from them at this link on the 15th: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84139023817.
July 12, 3pm New England Poetry Club Festival.
Register to hear Rosebud Ben-Oni read here.
July 12, 7pm Poets in Pajamas Series with Sundress Publications
Join Sundress as they present poet Rebecca Lehman. Click here for more info.
July 13-31 Literary Cleveland Inkubator: Online Writing Conference
Literary Cleveland’s online writing conference begins this week with events scheduled through the end of July. Some highlights this week: Mary Biddinger, author of six poetry collections and editor of the Akron Series in Poetry for University of Akron Press, will hold a Publishing Your Poetry Collection session on July 14 at 7pm. And on July 16 at 7pm Jericho Brown, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Philip Metres have a Poetry and Protest session. Check out the full schedule of events here.
July 17, 6pm Vroman’s Live with Vroman’s Bookstore
Deborah Lott will discuss her new memoir Don’t Go Crazy Without Me with Barbara Abercrombie.
Save your spot by going here.
July 18, 5pm ET Kweli International Literary Festival
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kweli International Literary Festival is moving its events online. Check out the keynote conversation between Nikky Finney and Crystal Wilkinson on Kweli’s opening night. For a full look at their schedule, head here.