Summer Events

On June 27th, I’ll be reading at Rutgers, Camden as part of the Summer Writing Conference.  While workshops are only for registered students, all of the conference readings are open to the public.

On June 28th, I’ll be reading with Tayari Jones at the Free Library of Philadelphia. (I’ll have an afternoon to spend in Philly before the reading, and I’m still on a pretty intense writing schedule, so anyone who can direct me to a good coffee shop where I can hang out and write will be my new best friend.)

On July 1, I’ll be in New Orleans tracking down Boyz II Men at Essence Fest, so that they can finally give me that autograph they have owed me since 1997 appearing on a panel at Essence Fest 2011, with Terry McMillan, Tayari Jones, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.

After that I’ll be headed off to a few writing residencies. I used to think of writing residencies as punishment for something I didn’t do (You are going to send me somewhere secluded? With spotty phone and email access? You are going to make me hang out with other writers? Why?!), but a few brief writing retreats convinced me of the error of my ways, and I’m really looking forward to spending some time really focusing on my work, unapologetically declaring myself unavailable to everything else, and letting well organized people handle the day to day temporarily.

I will briefly return to my non-sequestered ways on August 12th, for a reading and conversation at Telluride Association’s Centennial celebration— any former TASPers headed to Ithaca that weekend?

3 thoughts on “Summer Events

  1. Ms Evans, my name is Mikial and I host an online radio show and would like to interview you. Would like for you to talk about your book to my audience, as well as any upcoming appearances you have or any articles that you ave written. Please contact me at if you are interested. Peace and Blessings!!

  2. Hey. My name is Gloria. I had read rave reviews of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, and finally paid the money I owed in fees to the library and ordered it. I read it in a day. I think you are immensely talented and I cannot wait for you to put out another book. It’s so rare to find short stories that are actually realistic but that also move you. I actually feel like I am going through withdrawal, after having finished your book. I wish I was still reading it. I live in Philadelphia and I just read this post, and I am going to do everything I can to see you Tuesday night. I don’t have a car, and my boyfriend is a bit of a homebody. He hates driving into the city (we live in the northeast, which is much less…crowded and city-ish than Center City, where the Central library branch is), so it may be a struggle for me to get him to take me. However, I definitely will try. I would be so excited to see you. I hope I can go, but if not, know that you have huge fans here. Please keep writing.

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