2019-2020 Readings    

October 2019

Oct 21 - Monday KGB Reading Series - with Matt Hart ! KGB BAR,( 2nd fl) NYC

November 2019

Friday, Nov 22 - 6pm RHINO! Reading Series - Chicago, IL - Readers TBA

Saturday, Nov 23 - Reading at Volumes Bookstore Chicago, IL - Readers TBA

Sunday, Nov 24 2pm at The Book Stall, Winnetka, Illinois Reading with Faisal Mohyuddin.



February 8th - “The Winter Edition of COUPLET” - Readers TBA - Red Room, above KGB BAR. E village, NYC


Saturday, April 4th - 5pm “The National Poetry Month Edition of COUPLET - Readers TBA - Red Room, above KGB Bar, E village. NYC

Sunday, April 5th - 4pm - Reading with Ilya Kaminsky, and Katie Farris - Book Culture W 112th street

 previous readings

February 2019

February 8, Friday 6-8pm - COUPLET - Winter Edition at Red Room (third floor - above kgb bar) starring: 1. Catherine Barnett, Monica Ferrell, Jennifer Franklin, Donika Kelly, Sophie Klahr & Tyler Mills

March - AWP 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1pm - Reading at Bookstore 1 Sarasota , Sarasota FL

Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:00am- 10:15am Portland Ballroom 256, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2  “How to be your own Agent” Panel with Natalie Shapero, Christopher Soto, Vi Khi Nao and Adam Clay

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7pm - - Reading at Le Salon Rouge Presents AWP Best Selling Show #awp19

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7-9pm “Politics & Pints” hosted by Leah Umansky & Dena Rash Guzman. Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR, 97212 East Coast poet Leah Umansky and West Coast poet Dena Rash Guzman cohost an evening of political poetry from both coasts for "Politics & Pints" at Rose City Book Pub. Readers include Chiwan Choi, Meg Day, Jen Fitzgerald, Dena Rash Guzman, Robert Lashley, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Leah Umansky.

April 2019

April 12th - 6pm-8pm at Red Room - The National Poetry Month Edition of COUPLET starring: Meghan O’Rourke, Adam Gianelli, Erika Meitner, Brenda Shaugnessey, Raena Shirali, & Sarah Gambito

Non-facebook link, here.

May 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — at 8pm - Reading for Berfois & Queen Mobs Anthologies at Stella & Fly at 1705 First Avenue, NYC

May 18, 2019 - Sleepy Hollow Literary Festival - Sleepy Hollow, NY My reading is between 330-530 . Facebook invite, here.

July 2019

Monday, July 15 - Book Culture at 112th street at 7pm with Kendra DeColo, Wendy Chin-Tanner and Jose Olivarez . FB event, here.

Sunday, July 28, Governors Island/ NYC - 4pm COUPLET at The Poetry Festival of NYC starring: Eileen G’Sell, KC Trommer, H.N Holder and Kendra DeColo FB Invite, here.

August 2019

Aug 8 - 7-9pm Columbus, OH Paging Columbus Series - with Dana Lynn Harper, Robin Beth Schaer, and Ira Sukrungruang.

Aug 9 - 7pm Bexley, OH - Gramercy Books with Ruth Awad and Darren C. Demarree

Aug 20 - 8pm at “Back to the Garden Reading Series,” in Park Slope Brooklyn, with Niel Rosenthalis, Thalia Bloch, JJ Starr and Nathan McClain

September 2019

Sept 20th - 9:15PM- 10:45PM The 8th Anniversary Edition of the COUPLET Reading Series. Readers include: Dante Di Stefano, Faisal Mohyuddin, Regan Good, Rosebud Ben-Oni and Jericho Brown.


March 8-10 -AWP 2018 -  tampa, Florida

Friday, March 9th at 11am -Author Signing with Eyewear Publishing  for -THE BARBAROUS CENTURY. Booth 337

Friday, March 9th from 4pm - 6pm:   a joint reading of Eyewear Publishing, Blue River/Creighton University and Gold Wake Press for an AWP offsite reading on the rooftop deck at Fly Bar & Restaurant.  More info, here. 

Saturday March 10th Panel:  Women Who Write the Future  - 12:00PM Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor . S186. Women Write the Future. (Rebecca Gayle HowellLeah Umansky,  Sheree Renée Thomas) In a world of shifting alliances, power upheavals, and new challenges both environmental, socio-political, and technological, the science fiction, fantasy, and speculative genres offer artists a new imaginative lens to see and right/write the world. Women writers have added their voices and visions to this field, and are publishing now more than ever. Join four award-winning women writers reading and discussing works that re-imagine the past, examine our present, and contemplate new futures.

Sunday, March 18 -  at 3pm at Bowery Poetry Club  Reading for NYQ Books : Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America .The poets anthologized in this book bear witness to, rage against, and defy the misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and authoritarian impulses that have always surrounded us, but that are incarnated in the 45th president. 

portland, oregon readings for THe Barbarous century

FridayMarch 23 - Portland, OR  7pm - at Jade Lounge -  Reading as part of "An Occasional Reading Series"  - hosted/curated by Dena Rash Guzman  

Sunday March 26 -  Portland, OR  6pm - Powells Books - Reading as part of Smallpressapalooza 2018!


April 12 - at 7pm at Books are Magic - Brooklyn launch of THE BARBAROUS CENTURY. In conversation with Sarah Gerard.

April 17- 7pm  Manhattan book launch of THE BARBAROUS CENTURY at the West 112th street Book Culture and Q& A with David Gutowski.

April 23 - 6-8 PM  Spring Poetry Reading with Todd Portnowitz, Virginia Konchan,  Klara DuPlessis, and Rosebud Ben-Oni,  La Sala. Queens, NY

May 2018

May 5 - 11:00 am Salem, MA:  In Transit: A Poetry Reading with Brionne Janae, Wesley Rothman, Leah Umansky, and Jenny Xie Massachusetts Poetry FestivalHawthorne Hotel, Library Room 18 Washington Square W.

May 11-  7pm Pete's Big Salmon  Series at Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn NY with Elizabeth Metzger, Carly Joy Miller and Dorothea Lasky

May 29 - 7pm  Bryant Park at NYPL Reading with Christopher Salerno, Michael Hoerman, Janlori Goldman, Leah Umansky

June 2018-

June 18 -  630-930pm  Reading with  Nicole Dennis-Benn, Ananda Lima, Lisa Romeo, and Leah Umansky at the Halfway There Reading Series at the Red Eye Cafe Montclair, NJ

June 28 -  7-9pm Reading with Joy Ladin at Bluestockings in NYC on the Lower East Side.  Bookstore info, here. 

july 2018 - Ireland & england


July 14 - 11:30am - Bantry, Ireland - West Cork Literary Festival . Reading at Bantry Bookshop

July 16-  930pm - Cork, Ireland - O'Bheal 

July 19 - 7pm - Belfast, Ireland Waterstones with Colin Dardis.  Facebook invite here. 

July 22- 3pm -Dublin, Ireland - Reading with Tara Skurtu and Julie Morrissy at Books Upstairs. Facebook Invite, here


July 23 -  7-pm London  at Poetry Cafe- In Town Tonight at The Poetry Society with Ruth Padel

July 26 - 7pm - Peckham, London Vanguard Reading at The Pelican.

September 2018

Sept 14th - 6-8pm - The 7th Anniversary of COUPLET -  at The Red Room, above KGB Bar,  E. Village.   Readers include:  Cameron Lawrence, Tina Cane, Devon Walker-Figueroa, Donna Masini, Sandra Simonds and Terrance Hayes. [Note the new time and location) 

Sept 27 - 7pm - Reading at McNally Jackson Books in Soho with Ben Purkert, Nathan McClain and Elizabeth Dufford.  

October 2018

October 2 - The New School with Moira Egan

October 6 - Sarah Lawrence College Alumni Writing Festival (OPEN TO ALUM ONLY)

October 12-  Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 7pm - Reading for Pete's Big Salmon at Pete's Candy Store Facebook invite, here.

November 2018

November 7 -  12:30pm SUNY Adirondack Reading in the Visual Arts Gallery in Dearlove Hall

November 16 -  7:00PM Literati Reading Series - Binghamton, NY. Facebook link, here.

December 2018

December 2 - 6pm- Why There are Words  at  Bowery Poetry Club

January 2018

January 27th -  COUPLET: the winter edition. 7-10pm at The Delancey.  Our poets are:  Meghan Privitello, Camille Rankine, Ocean Vuong, Ailish Hopper, Rachel Eliza Griffiths & Terese Svoboda 



Thursday, February 9th -  9:00-10:15am  R114 - Supreme Court Marriot Marquis, Meeting Level 4 - "It's the End of the World and She Knows It: apocalypse poetry by women:" with Meghan Privitello, Dena Rash Guzman, Maggie Smith and Leah Umansky. Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/events/662888447223238/

Friday, February  10th - Book signing with Jen Fitzgerald at The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review at Booth #389 from 3-4PM

March 2017

March 23 - 7pm - Red Room KGB Bar - Reading for Resistance.

March 26 -  3pm - Bowery Poetry Club  - Launch for the Golden Shovel Anthology Launch   (read more about the anthology,

April 2017

April 21st - 7-10PM at The Delancey.  The National Poetry Month Edition of COUPLET starring: Omotara James, Roberto Montes, Nin Andrews,  Jan Beatty, Keegan Lester
& Jen Levitt

june 2017

June 3 - Reading for Thrush Poetry Journal Red Room at KGB BAR  21+ at 7pm.

Hosted by Poet & Editor, Helen Vitoria. Featuring readings by:Oliver Baez Bendorf, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Joseph Fasano,Megan Fernandes, Michael Homolka, Nomi Stone &Leah Umansky 

July 2017

July 29/30 - COUPLET at The Poetry Festival of NY  at Govenors Island.  Readers include: Featuring Amy Strauss Friedman, Marie La Vina, Katie Longofono, Carly Joy Miller


October 6 - Reading at Book Culture at W112th Street with Chrissy Williamsand Nikay Paredes at 7pm  

October 8-9 - Reading at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

7pm-10pm October 14th - 6th Anniversary of COUPLET  featuring:  Liz AxelrodMiranda FieldSam SaxErica Wright, and Jasmine Dreame Wagner, and Lynn Melnick. More info, here. 

2016 readings


October 20 - 7:30 pm - Reading for Guerilla Lit at Dixon Place with:  Courtney Elizabeth Mauk & Julia Phillips


November 4th - 7pm  Book Culture ( at W 112th street) Reading with Anthony Cappo, and Joanna C. Valente. 

November 13 - 'm reading LIVE for Transatlantic Poetry with Irish Poet, Mary O'Malley.  John Goselee hosts.  (8pm UK time) 

November 20th - Sunday, 2-4 pm Cedarmere, Roslyn Harbor, Long Island NY



2017 readings




Feb 8-11 - AWP - Washington D.C 

On-site Panel/ Reading - "It’s the End of the World As She Knows It: Apocalypse Poetry by Women: with Meghan Privitello, Dena Rash Guzman and Maggie Smith." (Time/Day to be announced)


TBA - Reading with Jen Fitzgerald --  Baltimore, MD


[u.k readings 2016 ] for straight away the emptied world))

Sunday, March 20th --  Reading with Susannah Hart at the Torriano Meeting House. Kentish Town, London, England -99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX (Directions: From Kentish Town tube station walk up Leighton Road
and turn left onto Torriano Avenue)  7-9pm

Monday, March 21st  at 7:30pm Reading with Penny Boxall  at  Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Oxford, England.  (http://www.albionbeatnik.co.uk/shop-events/)

Wednesday, March 23 " In Town Tonight" reading  at The Poetry Society with Amy Key,  Jane Yeh, and Alex Macdonald in London, UK 

 * i won't be at awp, but say hi to kattywompus press at booth #1419 * 


April 10th, 8pm, Dead Rabbits Series - Reading with Mark De Silva and Renee Watson DTUT Cafe  Upper East Side, NY

April 14-17 split this rock festival - Washington DC

The Golden Shovel: Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks
Reginald Dwayne Betts, E. Ethelbert Miller, Wesley Rothman, Ravi Shankar, Leah Umansky, Jeanann Verlee
Beacon Hotel [Map]

April 21 - Pete's Candy Shop  Brooklyn, NY 

April 30 - COUPLET - National Poetry Month Edition with: Emilia Philips, Clark Moore, Claudia Cortese, Melissa Studdard, Sharon Dolin and Karen Hildebrand


Thursday, May 12th - Reading with Sarah Gerard and John Reed at Printed Matter.

Friday, May 13th --7pm with Heather Aimee O'Neill and Susan Bruce at  Bookcourt in Brooklyn, NY.



 [new mexico tour 2016] 

for straight away the emptied world --

July 19 - 6pm Poetry reading with Bill Nevins and Jenn Givhan at BookWorks. Albuquerque, NM 

July 23 - 2pm -  Poetry reading with Poets Aaron Rudolph and Lauren Fath  at LVPD (Meeting Room, Left side entrance), 318 Moreno Street, Las Vegas, NM. 

July 24 - 5pm - Teatro Paraguas, with Christopher J Johnson and Dana Levin Santa Fe, NM.  (Facebook invite)

July 31 - 2pm COUPLET at the Poetry Festival of New York.  More info, 



september 2016

Sept 10th - 5-Year Anniversary of the COUPLET Reading Series starring: Monica Youn, Jen Fitzgerald, Tommy Pico, Dorothea Lasky and Jeanann Verlee and John Reed at 7pm. The Delancey, NYC.

Sept 11 - 11:15 AM  " Life After the MFA" with Gibson Fay LeBlanc, Ricardo Maldonado, and Robin Beth Schaer  Slice Literary Festival at  St Francis College. Brooklyn, NY


Feb 25 at Mercer Street Books and Records Series with Amanda K Davidson, Rob Stephenson, John Reed & Leah Umansky at 7:30PM


Jan 23rd at 7pm at The Delancey is the return of COUPLET: starring:  Rachel Eliza Griffiths,  Claudia Cortese, Sharon Mesmer, Kristina Bicher, Clark Moore &  Michael Morse


December 14th:  Kattywompus Press at The Cornelia Street Cafe  at 6pm with Cornelius Eady & Rough Magic, Sammy Greenspan,Ann Cefola, Margo Taft Stever, Robin Messing, Susana H. Case, and Leah Umansky


November 4th:  Reading at Berl's Poetry Store Kathleen Ossip + Joshua Mehigan + Leah Umansky + Paige Lewis + Kaveh Akbar at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop in Brooklyn, NY at 830PM 

November 17th:  Reading for POSIT Journal as part of Boog City: Night of Small Presses at Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A, NYC.Tues. at 6:00 p.m.


October 3rd:  The Four Year Anniversary of COUPLET at 7pm on the lower level of The Delancey, on the LES of NYC, starring: Robin Beth Schaer, Susan Bruce, Wesley Rothman, Barbara Ungar and Sandra Beasley. RSVP, here.

October 24th,   Craft Talk/ Poetry Reading at Space on Ryder Farm http://spaceonryderfarm.org/  (info forthcoming...)

October 30th : Reading with Alice Kaltman and fellow writers Susan Bruce, and Diana Gallagher at Mandala Yoga in Amagansett, NY at 7:30PM RSVP & find more info, here. 



August 20th, at 7pm, reading at Unchartered Books in Chicago, IL, with Danielle Susi, Kathleen Rooney, Holly Amos and Anthony Madrid. Facebook Invitation, here. 


Tuesday, July 14th at Barnard College, from 12-2pm at the Altschul Atrium, I will be a part of a small group of women writers for the 2nd Annual Women Writing and Intersectionality Conference. 

Saturday, July 25th  at 1:30pm on the Algonquin Stage at Govenors Island, NYC, COUPLET will perform as part of the 5th Annual Poetry Festival of NY starring: Joanna Furhman, Abigail Welhouse, Amanda Smeltz, Barbara Louise Ungar, and Cynthia Cruz.


 readings for don dreams and i dream [2014]

april  (including awp events)

awp events

  • April 9 (Thursday) 8-10pm AWP reading for Kattywompus Press featuring Cornelius Eady, Chris Shipman, myself and many more (offsite) at Kieran’s Irish Pub, 85 6th St N, Mpls, MN


  • April 10 (Friday) 10am- Noon - I'll be signing books with Dena Rash Guzman at the Cambridge Writers Workshop Table #954

  • 1-2pm I'll be signing books at the Kattywompus Press booth : #307



  • April 24- COUPLET READING SERIES & SOCIAL - Spring/ National Poetry Month Edition - 7-10pm at The Delancey, LES, NYC Featured poets are: Helen Vitoria, Nick Flynn, Kendra DeColo, John Deming, Matthea Harvey, and Anne-Marie Fyfe



  • March 19- 7:30 pm -- Reading with Sean H. Doyle at The College of Saint Rose Standish Rooms/ Events and Athletics Center, Second Floor/ 420 Western Avenue/ Albany, NY 12203-- Albany, NY



  • January 23 - COUPLET READING SERIES featuring: Katie Byrum, John Ebensole, Katie Byrum, Rachel Zucker and Sarah Gerard at The Delancey, LES, NYC 7pm.


  • Dec 8 - 8pm - Reading at BookCourt in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn for Sackett Street Writers, featuring Will Boast, Emily St. John Mandel, Diane Cook, Leah Umansky, and Dina Nayeri






Southern USA Road Trip/ Book Tour for Don Dreams and I Dream

(Read about the tour, here. )

(June 26- July 5)

  • June 26 -  Reading for "What's New In Poetry" at the Emory University Bookstore in  Atlanta, Georgia

  • June 27 - Reading at Avid Bookshop with the Avid Poetry Series, in Athens, Georgia

  • June 29 -A Night of Music and Poetry at Nightbell - Asheville, NC reading at Nightbell

  • July 2 - Reading at East Side TN  Books 4-6pm - Nashville, Tennessee


  • June 19 - "Poetry Potpourri" at WORD Bookstore -with Elvis Alves, Joanna Penn Cooper, and Lisa Marie Basile


  • May 9 -  Red Sofa Salon - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   8pm (buy tickets ahead of time)





I have three readings at AWP two are on Thursday the 27th of February. . .One in the early evening , "Transforming Text," a panel on Poetry and Collage  at the Project Room, and one is the Similar Peaks Poetry Release Party later that night at Vermillion Art Gallery in Seattle. The last is on Friday night with the  Cambridge Writers Workshop

Book signing of Don Dreams and I Dream on Thursday 2/27 from 2-3PM at Booth #624 (Kattywompus Press) at AWP.




  • November 11th - NYU Reading with Lisa Marie Basile, Sarah Sweeney, and Anne Champion. Info Here. 7pm.

  • November 30th - Great Weather for Media, Parkside Lounge, East Village, NYC.


  • [October 4th - the 2 year anniversary of COUPLET - at The Delancey]

    1. October 18th - Derangement of the Senses at Happy Ending Lounge [will be rescheduled, venue and date change forthcoming]

September -


July (Pacific NW)

June -

May -




  • Feb 22 - Stain of Poetry, Brooklyn

  • Feb 27- Perfect Sense Reading - Cornelia Street Cafe, (West Village NYC)




November 14th, 2012


  • I will be reading with some other fabulous readers on behalf of the new issue of Ping-Pong.


September 6, 2012


July 21, 2012

June 3, 2012

  • I will be reading as part of a fabulous line up of writers for the HOWL Festival in Tompkins Square Park from 1-4.

May 19, 2012

  • I will be reading as part of the BROOKLYN LIT CRAWL with the Cambridge Writers Workshop at CEOL in Brooklyn from 6-7pm.

May 2, 2012

April 17, 2012

Feb 3, 2012

Jan 12, 2012

  • NEW COUPLET: The Delancey, LES, NYC. See www.coupletreadingseries.tumblr.com for more info

Dec 4, 2011


Nov 5, 2011

  • Paterson Literary Review #39 Issue Party & Reading

  • Reading as part of the PLR Reading at The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

  • Hamilton Club Building Paterson, NJ 07505

September 10, 2011 -

June 12, 2011

  • Lolita Bar: A reading featuring: Leah Umansky; Barbara Louise Ungar; Lauren Russell; Seth Graves; Liz Axelrod and Rebecca Melnyk

April 10, 2010


October 24, 2007

September 22, 2006

  • Earshot Reading Series Brooklyn, New York

July 30th, 2002


Jan 23rd at 7pm at The Delancey is the return of COUPLET: starring:  Rachel Eliza Griffiths,  Claudia Cortese, Sharon Mesmer, Kristina Bicher, Clark Moore &  Michael Morse