In the Classroom

  • Train Dreams: A Novella
    Train Dreams: A Novella
    by Denis Johnson
  • Bluets
    by Maggie Nelson
  • We the Animals: A novel
    We the Animals: A novel
    by Justin Torres

Upcoming Events 


David R. Collins 2014 Writers' Conference

Davenport, Iowa
June 26-28, 2014
I'll be teaching a class on flash fiction.

Conference Kick-off Reading
June 26th, 7:00, Rozz-Tox QC
I'll be reading with Kelly Daniels, Adam Fell, Jac Jemc, and Rachel Yoder.


Bettendorf Public Library
Summer Shorts Program
July 16, 2014
1:00, Bettendorf Public Library, Malmros Conference Room


Monmouth College
Guest Lecture
Date/Time TBD


Past Events

AWP Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Thursday, 2/27 at 10:30
Willow Room, Sheraton, Seattle

How Many Readers is Enough?, , , ,


Friday, 2/28 at 3:00
AWP Bookfair

Book signing w/Marie-Helene Bertino


Saturday, 3/1 at 10:30
Room 304, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3

The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story: A Reading from Prize-Winning Story Collections, , , ,


Quiddity & the Vachel Lindsay Association
Springfield, Illinois

Saturday, December 7, 2013

3:30: Reading w/Monica Berlin


Hearing Voices at Orr Street Studios
Columbia, Missouri

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

7:00: Reading w/Scott Garson


Pygmalion Lit Fest
Champaign, Illinois

Friday, September 27, 2013

6:00: Cafeteria & Company

I'll be reading with Lania Knight, Bayo Ojikutu, Kathleen Rooney & James Greer.
The whole festival, though, it's gonna be bangin'.


Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

Monday, September 16, 2013

12:30: Gallery Talk, Western Illinois University Art Gallery
4:00: Reading, Western Illinois University Art Gallery


Prairie Lights - Reading w/ Marie-Helene Bertino

7 p.m., Thursday, April 11

Prairie Lights
15 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, Iowa 52240


Mission Creek Festival

5 p.m., Friday, April 5th

Iowa City, Iowa
I read with some cool folks. Loved this festival.


Columbia College, Chicago--Classroom Visit

6 p.m., Columbia Collage, Chicago


AWP - Book Fair

1-3 p.m., Friday, March 8

AWP Book Fair
Boston, Massachusetts

I hung out at the University of Iowa Press table with Marie Helene-Bertino, and said hi to old friends as they walked past, signed a book or two.


University of Southern Indiana - Reading

5 p.m., Thursday, February 28

University of Southern Indiana
Traditions Lounge
UC East Traditions Lounge, 2nd Floor


Buchanan Center for the Arts - Reading, Book Signing, and Discussion

5 p.m., Friday, February 22

Buchanan Center for the Arts
Monmouth, Illinois

There was wine and cheese.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Reading w/ Robin Metz

3:00, Monday, January 28: Q&A on the Writing Life
7:00, Monday, January 28: Reading with Robin Metz

SIUE Bookstore
Edwardsville, Illinois



7 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2012

Jimmy's No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
New York, NY  10003

More info here.


William Woods University - Reading with Anne-Marie Thompson

4 p.m., Monday, December 4

Kemper Art Gallery, Kemper Art Center
William Woods University


Arts Illiana WordFest

2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1

Vigo County Public Library
Terre Haute, Indiana

Panel Discussion: The Creative Process, Midwestern Style. Moderated by Jason Lee Brown, with Ian Stansel, Beth Mayer, Bonnie Nadzam, and me.


Art Talks with Bruce Carter - Radio Program

An hour-long interview aired on WVIK 90.3 Augustana Public Radio on 11/29 & 12/2

When the program gets archived online, I'll link to it.


University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Reading

7 p.m., Monday, November 12

Ojibwe Room C
Davies Center

Presented by UW-Eau Claire's Creative Writing Program and English Fest. Free and open to the public


Knox College Homecoming - Alumni & Faculty Book Signing

11a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 20, 2012

Knox College
Lobby, Ford Center for the Fine Arts
Champaign, IL 61820


Tell Everyone I Said Hi--The Official Book Release Party

2-5 p.m., Saturday, October 6, 2012

Market Alley Wines
59 Public Square
Monmouth, IL 61462

Come one, come all. There will be wine, lots of food, and my grandma, among other things. Jane's been putting this one together, and to be honest, we're pretty excited to celebrate the collection's publication with our family and friends and neighbors. There's a Facebook page for this one, too.


First Friday--Downtown Galesburg

5-8 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2012

Stone Alley Books & Collectibles
53 S. Seminary St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

I'll be signing books at Stone Alley during the October First Friday event in downtown Galesburg. There'll be music & food & me with a Sharpie. There's a Facebook page for the event here.


Knox College--Caxton Club

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2012

Alumni Room, Old Main
Galesburg, IL 61401



4-6 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cowboy Monkey
Champaign, IL 61820

I'll be reading with a very stellar lineup, including Jensen Beach, Ted Sanders, Amy Sayre, and Roxane Gay. More details can be found here.


For Out of the Heart Proceed Book Release Party

7 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quality Bar
110 N. Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820

Jensen Beach is celebrating the the release of his collection by sharing the stage with three other writers publishing their first collections this year, Eugene Cross, Ted Sanders, and me.


Fires of Our Choosing AWP Book Release Party

8 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden
3528 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

We're celebrating the release of Eugene Cross's heart-melting story collection, Fires of Our Choosing. I'll be reading with Jensen Beach and the man-of-the-night, Mr. Eugene Cross.


Slash Stitch Burn

7 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sokol Park
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Reading with Daniela Olszewska, Catherine Pierce, & Wendy Rawlings


Stories & Beer

6 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2011

Indi Go Artist Co-op
9 E. University Avenue
Champaign, Illinois

The crew: Jim Ruland, Dave Housley, Laura Adamczyk, Ted Sanders, and me.


Readings from "Land of Lincoln: Writing from and about Illinois"

11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010

John C. Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois

Writers featured in Crab Orchard Review's special issue “Land of Lincoln: Writing about and from Illinois” will read from their works, as part of SIUC's Devil's Kitchen Literary Festival.


Stone Alley Books & Collectibles--One-Year Anniversary Celebration

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010

Stone Alley Books & Collectibles
53 S. Seminary St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Details: Reading by Chad Simpson from "Phantoms" as part of Stone Alley's two-day celebration of local readers and writers in conjunction with the independent bookstore's first anniversary.


Chatham University--Word Circus

5-8 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2010

Chatham University
Welker Room
1 Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Details: Twenty young and independent publishers (including Origami Zoo Press, publisher of Phantoms) will be releasing their first books. There will be h'or d'oeuvres, readings, and books for sale.