Regretfully the Spring 2020 book tour for RUE had to be cancelled. It was a bitter pill since I had planned to drive around the country in my used 2002 Coachman RV (we call her Baba Yaga’s House of Poets), picking up friends to read with in different cities along the way. But I am loving the unexpected joy of getting to attend virtual readings during this time of social distancing. I feel closer to the literary community than ever.
Since I’ve been loving the way virtual readings give these lonely days a jolt of unexpected human connection, I wanted to shout out a few of the other online events I’m looking forward to in a couple weeks:
- The Further Notice Reading Series, organized by Teresa Dzieglwiecz and Jessica Lynn Sutton, has been a reliable pleasure every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. MDT.
- Poets in Pajamas hosts friendly, lively 15-minute readings every Sunday at 4 p.m. EST on their Facebook page, followed by short Q & As.
- Copper Canyon’s Launch Party Livestreams every Thursday in April have an incredible line-up of luminaries.
- I just learned about Flypaper’s Starlight Elsewhere reading series, which has gone online this season. They are live on their Facebook page every Tuesday and Sunday at 7 p.m.
- The Imminent Readings are a virtual poetry series that livestream from Twitter every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. EST.
- Tonight, April 1 at 8 p.m. EST I’m going to be watching the Virtual Soviet Diaspora Poetry by The Cheburashka Collective, hosted by the Kelly Writers House.