February 18 » “In the Mood for Love Poems: A Poetry Reading and Celebration with Faylita Hicks, Benjamin Garcia, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Allison Adair, and Matthew Olzmann, hosted by White Whale Bookstore (8:00pm EST, virtual)
March 11 » “What the Universe Is” reading with Jon D. Lee, hosted by Michael Mercurio. (7:30PM EST, virtual)
June 14-21 » “Wampum: a multimodal book of poetry and ethnographic memoir” creative works presentation @ Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Meeting 2021, virtual
September 8 » York University classes begin; Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Teaching AP/EN 2600: Intro to Creative Writing (M 11:30am-2:30pm) & AP/EN 3620: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (Th 11:30-2:30pm).
October 23 » 92Y Discovery Prize (2020 & 2021) Reading with Ina Cariño, Asa L. Drake, Luther Hughes, Daniella Toosie-Watson, Mag Gabbert, Ana Portnoy Brimmer, Alexandra Zuckerman; 92 Street Y, New York, NY.
November 5 » Seattle Arts & Lecture presents: a reading with Sherwin Bitsui & Kenzie Allen @ Hugo House, Seattle, WA. (7:30PM)
March 27 (5:30pm – 7:30 pm) » Visiting Writer Reading with Erika T. Wurth and David Heska Wanbli Weiden @ Café Anna; Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT.
May 7-9 »
“‘Good Words’: Alternative Storytelling Methods in Indigenous Poetry” paper presentation @ Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference 2020, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Conference cancelled.
September 9th » York University classes begin; Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Teaching AP/EN 2600: Intro to Creative Writing (M 11:30am-2:30pm) & AP/EN 3620: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (Th 11:30-2:30pm).
February 11 » “Good Words: Alternative Storytelling Methods in Indigenous Poetry” job talk & presentation. (3:30 PM, York University, Rm. 305, Founders College, 99 Ottawa Road, Toronto, Ontario.)
June 29th – July 6 » Crete!
August 1-4 & 15-16 » Sand Mountain Fire Lookout, Sand Mountain Society / forest service volunteer; SMS Archivist/Documentarian research.
December 13th » “Poetry & Ethnography: Expanding the Narrative,” presentation/lecture & writing workshop. Anthropology & Poetry Speaker and Workshop Series, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
February 24th » “Stories & Soup” Writing Workshop, Hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program & the Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival. (10AM – 4 PM, $20, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI.)
March 7 – 10 » Anthropoid & Reservoir, bookfair table 225, at AWP Annual Conference ’18. (Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL).
March 9th, 3 PM – 4:15 PM » “Why Start A Literary Magazine“, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’18, with Erin Stalcup, Gabriel Blackwell, and Levis Keltner. “Some say more excellent literary journals exist than anyone could ever read, so there’s no need for any more. We disagree. The founders and editors of four mission-driven magazines—The Collagist, Anthropoid, Newfound, and Waxwing—discuss why we started our journals, and how we’re changing the literary landscape by publishing aesthetically brilliant, diverse voices. We are doing the necessary work of expanding the conversation through the range and rigor of our authors.” (Room 15, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL)
April 17th, 19th » Poetry Workshops at ICS Milwaukee, hosted by The BIG READ Milwaukee and UWM, with Peter Burzynski, and Franklin K R Kline.
April 11th, 18th, and 25th » “Writer Wednesdays” writing and creative workshops, hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program. (5-6:30PM, free, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI).
May 17th » Syttende Mai (Trondheim, Norway).
July 19th » PHOTOGRAPHY NOW! exhibition, hosted by Ozier Muhammad, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. Opening Reception, 6pm-9pm, Raw Space Gallery, Harlem, NY.
July 21st » “Works in Progress. Writers on Process.” panel & reading, moderated by Cecca Ochoa, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. 3pm-3:45pm, New York Times Conference Center, New York, NY.
November 19th » “‘Good Words’: Traumatic Source Materials and the Researcher’s Affect in Indigenous Creative Ethnography,” presentation & talk, Affect Theory & Praxis: Transdisciplinary Methodologies workshop, 2018. 9:15am, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.
February 8 – 12 » Reservoir & Anthropoid @ AWP ’17, bookfair table 254, at AWP Annual Conference ’17. Support the journey and purchase signed books and more via Indiegogo. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)
February 10th, 9 AM – 10:15 AM » Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma and Impossible Return, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’17, with Fatimah Asghar, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Safia Elhillo, and Monica Sok. This AWP panel is among indigenous, African, Latino, and Asian writers whose work draws upon their experiences of being refugees, relocated, and stateless. While writers communicate their ancestors’ grief through words, they may face repercussions for breaking the silence. Considering the current refugee crisis, Swati Khurana organized this panel to broaden the conversation by discussing when geographical return is impossible, people become undocumented, and war and genocide obliterates a notion of “home.” (Liberty Salon I, J, & K, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)
February 10th, 7:30 PM » Off-site Reading with Iron Horse Literary Magazine, grist, and Nashville Review, at AWP Annual Conference ’17 . (Mulebone, 121 14th St NW, Washington D.C.)
May 6 » “Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse,” at Harry Potter And The Pop Culture Conference, with Jennifer Cross (moderator), Michi Trota, Matt Peters, Susheela Bhat, Suzanne Walker. (free to public, DePaul, Chicago, IL)
June 9- August 13 » “Water Basket” visual poetic project appearing in Heid E. Erdrich’s “(About that) Water Is Life,”at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
November 13 » Sundress Publications’ Poets in Pajamas Reading Series #3: Kenzie Allen, hosted by Sam Slaughter, online via Periscope. (Nationally and Internationally available via Periscope app, 7PM EST)
October 1 » Co-editing Bettering American Poetry 2015 (nomination guidelines – deadline Nov. 30)
September 25 – 28 » High Plains Society for Applied Anthropologists‘ 2014 Ghost Ranch Retreat, conference theme “Engaging Local Communities and Applied Anthropology.”
October 11 » Seminar: Applying to MFA Programs, hosted by WriterHouse (9:00AM – 4:00PM; Charlottesville, Virginia): A comprehensive all-day class and workshop session for those interested in applying to graduate programs in Creative Writing. Space is limited to 12 students.