Public Speaking & Reading Engagements

Guest Speaker (selected examples)

Panelist at Nebula Awards banquet, Chicago ’15

Panelist at World Science Fiction Convention, Chicago, ’12

Writers at Lunch: Columbia College Fiction Department, ’11

Writers at Lunch: Columbia College Fiction Department, ’10

Writers at Lunch: Columbia College Fiction Department, ’08

1st Annual Chicago Ghost Conference, ’07

Special Author Guest – Windycon literary convention, ’07

Illinois Woman’s Press Association Book Fair, ’07

Annual panelist and reader at World Horror Convention, 1995-2005

Annual panelist and reader at World Fantasy Convention, 1995-2005

Panelist at Midwest Literary Festival, Aurora, IL, ’04 & ’05

“Women on Horror” panelist, Annapolis, Maryland, ’04

Joliet Public Library Regional Author Fair, ’04

Gave more than 10 lectures at libraries and schools as part of my book tour in ’02

Panelist at World Science Fiction Convention, Chicago, ’00

Featured Reader (Selected Examples)

Goreyesque: A Tribute to Edward Gorey, Loyola Museum of Art, April ’14

Reading Under the Influence, July ’13

Comma Sense Reading Series, May ’13

Bad Grammar Reading Series, Feb. ’13

Bad Grammar Reading Series, March ’12

Chicago Way Reading Series, Nov. ’11

Hyper Text Mag release party, Oct. ’11

F-9 Release Party, Oct. ’10

Silver Tongue Reading Series, ’09

Kate the Great’s Book Emporium Reading Series, April ’08

Literary Writers Network Prose Show, June ’07

Kate the Great’s Book Emporium Reading Series, July ’07

Twilight Tales: Mardi Gras Night Extravaganza, annual show: emcee and performer, 2000-’08
RUI (Reading Under the Influence), Nov. ’07

Chicago Literary Festival Special Event at Twilight Tales, ’05

“Women’s Voices” Poetry, Fiction & Music performer and panelist at two-day Gender Conference:”Transforming Gender Identity in the 21st Century,” College of Lake County, April ’04

Frequent reader at the Gumbo Fiction Salon monthly open mics, Oct. ’11-current

Frequent reader at the Twilight Tales monthly open mics, ’93-’07

Blues Ain’t Nothin’; novel book tour author events at approximate 50 book stores, libraries, reading series, writers groups and radio stations in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New York, Texas & California, ’02-’03

Organized and led a revolving cast of authors through “Spooky October Extravaganzas” with five or six authors appearing at each of more than a dozen events at bookstores, libraries, and reading series, throughout the month of October, ’97-’03

Founder and organizer of Dangerous Dames fiction & music performance troupe. Appeared at various bookstores, reading series and conventions in Chicago, Minneapolis, and other cities, ’98-’02

Founding cast member of Anarchy, Inc, fiction performance troupe with shows in Chicago, ’98-’99