November 29th, 2016: “Dear Escape Artist” Release & Elizabeth Gross’ Birthday with Anya Groner and Carlus Henderson

On Tuesday, November 29, at 6pm we will be celebrating the release Elizabeth Gross’ new chapbook, “Dear Escape Artist”, from Room 220 press, along with her birthday! joining her will be local writers Anya Groner and Carlus Henderson.

Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/baker in New Orleans. Her chapbook Dear Escape Artist is forthcoming from Antenna/Room 220. More poems are forthcoming in White Stagand have recently appeared in TENDERLOIN, Fairy Tale Review,and Painted Bride Quarterly.

A resident of New Orleans, Anya Groner is a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University. She teaches creative writing to high school students at the NOCCA (the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) and teaches writing classes for adults through the Loyola Writing Institute. She is also a fiction editor for and the book review editor for the New Orleans Review. Before getting her MFA, she worked as an educator for Planned Parenthood in Poughkeepsie, New York.

A former recipient of The NFAA Gold Award as well as short-listed for The Presidential Scholar’s Award, Carlus Henderson has been a high school teacher in New Orleans, a cheese salesman in Vermont, and a dockworker along the Eastern seaboard. He splits his time, his writing, and his imagination between South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana.


ROOM 220 will host Anya Groner and Alaskan novelist Brendan Jones on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Avenue).

Jones will read from The Alaskan Laundry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The novel draws on Jones’ real-life experience living and working on an Alaskan tugboat to tell the tale of Tara Marconi, a Philadelphia woman who runs away from the depression and anger that have taken over her life. Jones will also be leading a writing workshop at Antenna on September 17 with an emphasis on putting together a cohesive manuscript. Contact for more information.

Brendan Jones lives on a tugboat in Sitka, Alaska, and works in commercial fishing. A Stegner fellow, he studied and boxed at Oxford University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, Popular Woodworking, and on NPR.

A resident of New Orleans, Anya Groner teaches creative writing to high school students at the NOCCA (the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). She is also a fiction editor for and the book review editor for the New Orleans Review. Before getting her MFA, she worked as an educator for Planned Parenthood in Poughkeepsie, New York.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 6:00pm, a discussion of Airplane Reading with editor Mark Yakich and contributors Anne Gisleson, Anya Groner, Thomas Beller, Sarah Allison, and Pia Ehrhardt.


Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans


Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5pm”Book Launch Party for Peyton Burgess’s short story collection The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing

Sisters In Christ Music Store, 5206 Magazine Street.

The reading will feature Anna Schulte, Joe Gehringer, Jade Stewart, Amber Kinui, Anya Groner, and, of course, Peyton Burgess.

Drinks and food will be provided and everyone is welcome!
Saturday, April 16, 2016: New Orleans Poetry Festival

Arts Estuary, 1024 Elysian Fields

Cassie Pruyn, Hannah Baker Saltmarsh, and I will discuss the process of finding inspiration, pursuing research, and incorporating found material into poetry as part of a panel discussion for the Inaugural New Orleans Poetry Festival. 

Read the complete schedule here.


Thursday, April 14, 2016 6 pm: Maple Street Book Club

I’ll be leading a discussion of Eula Biss’s newest book On Immunity.

Details here.


Saturday, March 12, 2016 I’ll be leading two fiction workshops at Lusher High School as part of the New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival


Learn more here.


Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7pm: Dogfish Reading Presents Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Anya Groner

2448 N Villere St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117


A spread of treats on the table, beer and wine at the bar, and a party full of readers and writers raging against the dying of the light.

Do your soul some good, post-Carnival. Come on out to Dogfish.

7:00 – music by Mr. Universe
7:30 – feature
8:30 – open mic

More info here.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm: Faux/Real Fest Reading.

Faux/Real Cafe  / 2161 N. Rampart Street


Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8-10 pm, Chapbook release party and reading for So Our Ghosts Can Find Us, a limited-edition poetry chapbook with illustrations and design by the print artist Sara White.

Fiction-writer and all around superwoman Ann Glaviano will be reading as well. After the reading, she’ll be DJing for HeatWave, an all-vinyl dance party featuring Motown/garage rock/R&B/soul/oldies. Skinny ties and bouffants welcome – but above all, come ready to dance.

Location: 12 Mile Limit, 500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119


Saturday, November 7, 2015, 4-7, Ladyfest reading. 

An open house salon in a gorgeous Uptown residence. Food and beverages will be available. The AMAZING lineup includes:

MC: Megan Burns

Poets: Valentine Pierce, Michelle Embree, Kesha Star Young, Fiyah Like Ayanna, FreeQuency, The Witness, Melanie Leavitt, Madeleine Levy, Nordette Adams, Constance Adler, Sandra Johnson, Whitney Mackman, Alice Urchin, Margaret A. Marley, Amanda Emily Smith, Gina Ferrara, Nancy Harris, Amelie Prescott, Clare Welsh, and Anya Groner!

Location: 1432 Magazine St.


July 9, 2015  Mixed Taste: Tag Team Lecture Series

7:00 pm at the Holiday Event Center in Denver Colorado


I’ll be presenting on drinking water and accompanied by Scott Kinnamon who will present on Miles Davis as part of the Denver Contemporary Art Museum Mixed Taste Summer Lecture Series. 

“Mixed Taste: Tag Team Lectures on Unrelated Topics pairs two speakers, who each speak for twenty minutes on two completely unrelated subjects, followed by question and answer on both topics, at the same time. During the first part of the program, no connections are allowed between the topics, during the Q&A anything can happen.”

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