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 Revenants, Shut Up Shut Down (New York Times  “Editor’s Choice),” Coal Mountain Elementary (which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool”), and Social Poetics (forthcoming), all from Coffee House Press. He is a Guggenheim fellow (2010) and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, Nowak directs the Worker Writers School, currently in its eighth year of collaboration with PEN America.

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