Past Appearances


  • CHICAGO, IL: “Loosing Mother’s Tongue” Panel discussion. Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing. Chicago State University on Friday, November 4, 2021 at 1 pm! (ONLINE via Zoom)
  • CHICAGO, IL: “Crossing Borders: Reading, Researching, and Writing Migration Novels.” Printers Row Lit Fest. 11 and 12 September, 2021. (IN PERSON: w/ Rachel DeWoskin and Vu Tran)
  • CHICAGO, IL: Storyboard Workshop.” StoryStudio Chicago. 15 to 20 August 2021. (IN PERSON)
  • CHICAGO, IL: Craft Talk: “A little Truth: On Literary Aphorism.” StoryStudio Chicago. 16 August 2021 at 3 pm (IN PERSON)
  • CHICAGO, IL: “Literary Memorials.” Wednesday Lectures. Franke Institute for the Humanities. University of Chicago, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 at 12 pm. (ONLINE via Zoom)
  • CHICAGO, IL: “Faculty of Color Panel on Navigating Academics and Academia.” Leaders of Color Initiative. University of Chicago, Sunday, 7 February at 3 pm. (ONLINE via Zoom)


  • CHICAGO, ILFeminist Forum, University of Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2020



  • LAKE TAHOE, NV: Sierra Nevada College, MFA in Creative Writing, Visiting Writer, January 2–10, 2018
  • TUSCANY, ITALY: Villa Lena Residency, Villa Lena Foundation, May 1–30, 2018
    • Reading/Talk: Fattoria, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, May 13, 2018


  • TUCSON, AZ: Newcomers Book Club, April 26, 2017
  • TUCSON, AZ: Thinking Its Presence: The Ephemeral Archive, October 19–21, 2017
    • Panel: “Writing Humor in the Face of Sorrow” (w/ Jess Row, Dorothy Wang, Prageeta Sharma)
    • Panel: “Deconstructing Race, Deconstructing Identity” (w/ Tamara Carter, Danielle Geller, Caleb Klitzke, Miranda Trimmier)
  • TOULOUSE, FRANCE: Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurés “Racial Passing in Cinema and Literature” Symposium, December 1, 2017


  • TUCSON, AZ: River Readers Book Club, Dusenberry-River Branch, Pima County Public Library, 5605 E. River Road, Tuesday, November 15, 6:30–7:45 pm
  • TUCSON, AZ: Intimate Afternoon Salon, Location: TBA. Sunday, October 2, 2–4 pm
  • PETERBOROUGH, NH: MacDowell Colony, Reading and Q&A, Savidge Library, August 9, 2016. 7:45 pm
  • CHESTERTOWN, MD: Public Reading, Rose O’Neill Literary House, July 7, 2016. 7 pm (with James Allen Hall)
  • CAVE HILL, BARBADOS: Caribbean Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, University of West Indies, May 15–21, 2016CANCELED
  • WASHINGTON, DC: 2016 PEN/Faulkner Awards Ceremony and Reading, (with James Hannaham, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Elizabeth Tallent, and Luis Alberto Urrea), Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 7pm
  • WASHINGTON, DC: Writers in the Schools (WIS) guest author, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Friday, May 13, 2016. 2–3:30 pm.
  • TUCSON, AZ: University of Arizona Prose Series, Poetry Center, April 28, 2016POSTPONED FOR FALL 2016
  • NEW YORK, NY: 2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony,  The New School, The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/ J.M Kaplan Hall, 66th W. 12th Street, NY, NY, Monday, April 11, 2016, at 6:30pm
  • NEW YORK, NY: PEN/Bingham Finalists Reading (with Mia Alvar, Angela Flournoy, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jennifer Tseng), KGB Bar, Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7–9pm
  • RIPON, WI: Ripon College. Reading: Wednesday, March 9, 7:30–8:30pm, Lane Library North Reading Room
  • WICHITA FALLS, TX: Midwestern State University. March 2–3, 2016, 7pm, J.S. Bridwell Auditorium, Dillard College of Business, Administration Building


  • LINCOLN, NE: “Americanah-Nebraskanah.” One Book, One Lincoln, Heritage Room, Bennett Martin Public Library, Lincoln, NE. Sunday, October 18, 2015. 2pm–3pm.
  • OMAHA, NE: “Nervosa: Science, Psych & Story: Empathy Panel,” Omaha Lit Fest, Omaha, NE. Saturday, October 17, 2015. 3:00pm (w/ Joy Castro and Jennie Shortridge)
  • NEW HAVEN, CT: Arts@UNH Series, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT. Monday, October 5, 2015. 3:30pm.
  • CHICAGO, IL: Printers Row Lit Fest, South Loop, Chicago, IL. June 6–7, 2015.
    • “Midwest Culture Clash: A conversation with Walton Muyumba.” Jones College Prep / Classroom #530,  Saturday, June 6, 12:30–1:15pm (For TICKETS)
    • Book Signing. Chicago Magazine, Saturday, June 6, 3pm–4pm
    • Book Signing. Northeastern Illinois University, June 7, 1:30–3:30pm
  • CHICAGO, IL: Faculty @ the Café Series, Café Descartes, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 3–4pm.
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Women Writing Scandal” (AWP Off-Site Reading.) Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, Friday, April 10, 2015, 6–8pm (w/ DeMisty Bellinger, Daisy Hernández, Vanessa Mártir, Arra Lynn Ross, and Renee Simms)
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN: “Intimate Communities: How to Form and Keep a Writing Group That Works.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Minneapolis, MN, Thursday April 9, 2015. (w/ Daisy Hernández, Minal Hajratwala, Kristin Naca, and Lorraine Lopez)



  • LitJam at the Archives, Chicago Reading Africa, Chicago, IL August 2013
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Boston, MA, March 2013


  • Estuary Reading, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA April 2012


  • “A Harvest Reading,” Voices in the Valley Reading Series, Saginaw Valley State University, Kochville Township, MI, November 2011 (w/ Dave Madden)
  • “Other Words Conference” Florida Literary Arts Coalition, St. Augustine Florida, November 2011
  • Lake-Sumter Community College/University of Central Florida-Clermont. Clermont, FL. October 2011. (w/ David James Poissant and Chad Faries)
  • “A Reading and Conversation with Julie Iromuanya.” Sears Recital Hall. Humanities Center. University of Dayton. Dayton, OH. April 2011.
  • LitFest, Fiction Workshop Facilitator and Panelist, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, April 2011
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Washington, DC. February 2011.