Past Events

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1:30PM: Talk/Reading at Carnegie Mellon University, Creative Writing Program, Porter Hall, Room A18A

8:00PM: University of Pittsburgh, Theatre Department. Studio Theatre, Cathedral of Learning (Staging of CME by students from Davis & Elkins College)


Thursday, April 16, 2009

NOON: Lecture, “Labor history with line breaks,” at West Virginia University, History Department, Student Union (Rhododendron Room)

4:30PM: Documentary Poetry Workshop, Davis & Elkins College

8:00PM: Opening of CME at Boilerhouse Theater, Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia (4 night run) – Booksigning afterwards in Boilerhouse Lobby


Friday, April 17, 2009

11:00AM: Appalachian Literature Class Visit (Prof. Peter Okun), Davis & Elkins College

4:00PM: Coffee house talk w/ Creative Writing students (Prof. Bill King), The Icehouse, Davis & Elkins College

8:00PM: CME at Boilerhouse Theater, Davis & Elkins College – Booksigning afterwards in Boilerhouse Lobby


Saturday, April 18, 2009

8:00PM: CME at Boilerhouse Theater, Davis & Elkins College

Mark in Maryland

11:00AM: Reading/Talk at National Labor College (AFL-CIO), Silver Spring, MD, @ the United Association of Labor Educators (UALE) Conference, North Classroom Building, Room 7102

7:00PM: Reading/Talk at Red Emma’s Bookstore, Baltimore, MD


Sunday, April 19, 2009

2:00PM: Closing of CME at Boilerhouse Theater, Davis & Elkins College – Booksigning afterwards in Boilerhouse Lobby


Monday, April 20, 2009

7:30PM: Reading at Shippensburg University (Taggart Reading Series), Dauphin Humanities Center 051


Thursday, April 23, 2009 thru Saturday, April 25, 2009

Davis & Elkins College Theater Students will be performing Coal Mountain Elementary at community locations across West Virginia (Logan County, Sutton, etc.). Check back soon for details.


Friday, April 24, 2009

3:00PM: Reading/Talk @ University of Iowa, English Department

7:00PM: Reading @ Prairie Lights Bookstore


Saturday, April 25, 2009

NOON: Season Opening Lecture, John L. Lewis Museum of Mining and Labor, Lucas, Iowa


Thursday, May 7, 2009

11:00AM: KFAI, “Write on Radio”

7:00PM: Reading, Untold Stories, Labor Histories Series, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, Rondo Library (with the Twin Cities Labor Chorus)


Thursday, May 28, 2009

7:00PM: Reading with Emmanuel Ortiz,Mayday Bookstore, Minneapolis


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

12:42 PM (EST): Interview on “Word of Mouth” (New Hampshire Public Radio)


Thursday, June 4, 2009

7:00PM: Arise! Bookstore, Minneapolis


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

4:30PM: Rose O’Neill Literary House, Washington College


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

6:30PM: “Poetry Dialogue” with unions/workers, Fort Wayne, Indiana


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

11:00AM: Swingshift College/Labor Studies Program, Indiana University Northwest (Gary, IN)

6:30PM: Poetry Center, Chicago


Thursday, October 22, 2009

7:30PM: Michigan State University/Labor History Speakers Series (105 S. Kedzie)


Friday, October 23, 2009

3:00PM: North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, panel presentation on “Creative Labor: Writers, Journalists, and the Class Imagination”

7:00PM: Reading at Book Beat, Oak Park, MI.


Friday, October 30, 2009

8:30AM-1:30PM: Visiting Writer, “In Celebration of Books,” Gunston Day School, Centreville, MD


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

5:30PM: Mills College, Oakland (Contemporary Writers Series)


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

7:00PM: UC-Santa Cruz (Living Writers Series)


Thursday, November 5, 2009

8:00PM: Poetics Research Bureau, Los Angeles


Saturday, November 7, 2009

7:00PM: Small Press Traffic, San Francisco (“On Class Warfare,” with Reid Gomez and Rachel Loden)


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

9:30AM-1:30PM: Visiting Writer, Reservoir High School, Fulton, MD


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

11:30AM-2:00PM: Visiting Writer, Glen Burnie High School, Glen Burnie, MD

6:30PM: Reading/Talk, Institute for Policy Studies (with the Beehive Design Collective), Washington, DC


Thursday, March 11, 2010

8:00PM: Reading (with Lillian Allen, Francisco Aragón, and Nancy Morejón), Split This Rock Poetry Festival


Friday, March 12, 2010

11:30AM: “Documentary Poetics” panel, Split This Rock Poetry Festival (Washington, DC)


Sunday, March 28, 2010

3:00PM: Reading at Buffalo Street Books (Ithaca, NY)


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Noon: Visiting lecture, “Sociology of Work,” Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)

4:00PM: Reading, English Department/RIT (Rochester, NY)


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TBA: Interview on WBFO


Thursday, April 1, 2010

12:30PM: Reading, “On the Edge Poetry Series,” Niagara County Community College (NCCC) (Sanborn, NY)

7:00PM: Reading at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY)


Friday, April 16, 2010

TBA: Reading and panel discussion with Juliana Spahr, “Documentary Poetics and the Long Poem,” University of Utah (Salt Lake City)


Thursday, May 13, 2010

7:00PM: Reading at the Wooden Shoe Bookstore (Philadelphia)


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

8:00PM: Reading with Amiri Baraka at The Poetry Project (New York)


June 11-13, 2010

Rethinking Poetics,” Columbia-Penn Poetics Initiative, Columbia University (NYC), on panel with C.S. Giscombe, Steve Evans, Stephanie Young, and Juliana Spahr


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3:00PM (EST): Interview, “Against the Grain,” KPFA


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

10:00AM: Interview, “The Weekly Reader,” KMSU


September 20, 2010

4:30PM: Panel with Brenda Hillman, “Socially Engaged Poetry,” Fall for the Book, Johnson Center Cinema, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

6:00PM: Occupational folklore talk, Fall for the Book, Dewberry Hall North, Johnson Center (GMU)

8:00PM: Reading, Fall for the Book, Johnson Center Cinema, (GMU)


September 25, 2010

2:00PM: “The Cost of Coal,” panel discussion with Tricia Shapiro,Baltimore Book Festival (Radical Bookfair Pavilion)


September 29, 2010

7:00PM: Wor-Wic Community College (Salisbury, MD)


October 18, 2010

4:30PM: St. Bonaventure University, English Department


October 19, 2010

TBA: Oberlin College, Creative Writing Department


October 20, 2010

7:30PM: Cleveland State University, Poetry Center


October 21, 2010

12:30PM: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, English Department


November 9, 2010

6:00PM: Labor Heritage Foundation Awards dinner, with Richard Trumka (President, AFL-CIO) and Cecil Roberts (President, United Mine Workers of America)


January 22, 2011

4:30PM (Eastern): BBC Radio 3,Between the Ears: “The Cost of Coal”


February 4, 2011

2:00PM: Book signing, Coffee House Press table, AWP

7:00PM: Floricanto: Multicultural Reading in protest of SB1017, True Reformers Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington DC


February 5, 2011

Noon: Group reading for the new anthology Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams, Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, DC

1:30PM: AWP (Washington, DC) — panel with Martín Espada, Carolyn Forche, & Toi Derricotte (organized by Split This Rock)


February 8, 2011

7:00PM: Reading and presentation on Coal Mountain Elementary and Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams, National Labor College (Silver Spring, MD)


March 31, 2011

2:00PM: Visiting Writers Series, Towson State University (Towson, MD)


April 8, 2011

6:00PM: Reading, Kent County Poetry Festival @ the Bookplate (Chestertown, MD)


April 12, 2011

4:00PM: Panelist at the “New Labor Journalism” symposium (with Kari Lydersen, Gabriel Thompson, and Mike Elk @ Georgetown University, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor (Washington, DC)


April 14, 2011

8:00PM: Temple University “Poets & Writers Series” (Philadephia, PA)


May 9, 2011

7:00PM: Reading with Amiri Baraka for 12th Street/New School, Barnes & Noble @ Union Square (New York)


June 12-18, 2011

TBA: World Poetry Festival of Venezuela (Caracas and other cities)


October 20, 2011

All Day: Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader, National Day on Writing, Drury High School (North Adams, MA)


October 29, 2011

NOON: Occupy Wall Street panelist (with Monica Youn, Dora C. Wang, and Joel Whitney), Page Turner 2011: The Third Annual Asian American Literary Festival (Brooklyn, NY)


November 15, 2011

7:00pm: Reading, Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)


January 1, 2012

3:00pm onward: 38th Annual New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon Benefit Reading @ the Poetry Project (New York, NY)


March 17, 2012

3:00pm: “US Working Class and the Current Crisis: A Roundtable” with Dale Maharidge, Peter Rachleff and Domestic Workers United, Left Forum (New York, NY)


March 22, 2012

11:30am-1:00pm: “Poetry as Activism, Activism as Poetry” panel with Philip Metres, Jennifer Karmin, and Ken Chen, Split This Rock Poetry Festival (Washington, DC)


March 23, 2012

9:30-11:00am: “Writing the Disaster,” a  public conversation with Patricia Smith, moderated by Marc Steiner (WEAA FM, 88.9, Baltimore), Split This Rock Poetry Festival (Washington, DC)


April 12-13, 2012

TBA: Reading/Talk @ John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH)


May 5, 2012

3:00pm: “There’s so much to say…”: Writings from the  Domestic Workers United Workshop @ PEN World Voices Festival (Wollman Hall, The New School, 65 West 11th Street,, New York)


May 26

8:00-10:30pm:  Reading @ “Poetry & Revolution” conference with Maggie O’Sullivan, Abdullah al-Udhari, Keston Sutherland, Joan Retallack, and Ulli Freer, Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck College/University of London


May 27

4:30pm: Conference Talk with United Migrant Worker Education Project + Justice for Domestic Workers @ “Poetry & Revolution” conference


July 6

TBA: Reading/talk at Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV


September 20, 2012

6:00pm: Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania


November 15, 2012

1:00pm-5:00pm: Presentation with Jeff Derksen, TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario)


December 1, 2012

2:00pm: Reading with Michael Ives, Cadmium Text Series, R&F Handmade Paints (Kingston, NY)


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Mark Nowak is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times  “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” He is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism from Split This Rock (2015) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak currently directs the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America and the Worker Justice Center of New York.

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