Events 2018

Upcoming in 2019:
January 17, 2019: Reading and Reception,  International Day, an International Neighbors Event, Ann Arbor, MI
1 -2:30 pm. All women invited!

Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall
1501 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

For more information about International Neighbors go to:

Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Literary Festival, New York City, April 4, 2019

More info soon!

Event Highlights, 2018

​Literati, Ann Arbor

September 21, Poetry Reading, Rasa Festival Of India, Literati Bookstore, 7 pm

Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival, New York City, Sept 25 & 26

September 25, Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., NY 10002, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Featured Matwaala Poets: Meena Alexander, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Ralph Nazareth, and Pramila Venkateswaran.

September 26: Matwaala – The BIG READ
Asian American Writers Workshop, 112 W 27th St., #600, New York, NY 1001, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Featured Poets: Meena Alexander, Ralph Nazareth, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Abhay Kumar, Vikas Menon, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Vivek Sharma, Rohan Chettri, Pramila Venkateswaran & others.

Past Events:

​August 21, Poets and Pies Event, Detroit Public Library, Detroit
Reading with David Cope and Dorene O'Brien, 6 pm

Midland Arts Center, Midland, MI
​July 25, Michigan Authors' Reading, at the Midland Arts Center, Midland, 7:30-9 pm
​Sponsored by the Alden B. Dow Foundation
Check out the Alden B. Dow home and studio:

The Michigan Quarterly Review Reading Event

Monday April 9, at Literati Bookstore

Release of MQR's Special Issue "Poetry at Michigan". Contributors to this issue, including myself, will read our work and copies of books will also be for sale.

Waterford Library Reading Series, Waterford Library
Thursday April 12, 7 pm, Waterford Library. Reading with Alise Alousi and Doris Plantus. Hosted by Glen Armstrong.


Bookbound Bookstore reading with Robert Fanning

Thursday April 26, 7 pm

Michigan Author Series, July 25, 7 pm, Midland, MI

Sponsored by the Alden B. Dow Foundation. Details to follow soon.

Past Events, 2018:

Nomads Reading, Feb 22, 6:30-10 pm, Kebob House in Hamtramck, MI

This really unique reading series event hosted by Stephanie emerging and established immigrant writers and celebrates them, their languages and cultures. There will be readings by high school students, and three featured readers. There will also be dinner before the event, and music after. The Feb 22 event is sponsored by MOCAD. Please click on the link below for details, directions etc., and to register. The dinner and event is free but registration is required!

​Women's March and Rally, Jan 20, at the DIAG at U-M, 2-4 pm

Join at that Diag to hear some inspiring women speak from 3-4 pm. I will be reading some poems at this event. Please come out to support women and to speak out for our rights and for our safety!

It's Ekphrastic!

Reading and reception at WSG Gallery on Main Street, at 4 PM on Sunday, January 21. Sixteen Ann Arbor poets will read work inspired by artwork displayed in WSG gallery.  The art show opens on Jan 2, 2018.

Waterford Library Reading Series

Thursday April 12, 7 pm, Waterford Library. Hosted by Glen Armstrong.

Events, Fall  2017

Sept 10: Kerrytown Book Festival
4:00 pm - Main Tent
"Poetic Musings" with Robert Fanning, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Keith Taylor and Z.G. Tomaszewski moderated by Zilka Joseph

Sept 23: Alpena Book Festival

Sept 28: Rasa Festival of India, 6:30 pm, Faber Institute: Literary Event featuring Saleem Peeradina, Shri Thanedar and Zilka Joseph.
Rasa Festival in Ann Arbor will happen through September! Film, Dance, Food and more! Do support the events and the nonprofit organization, Akshara who is organizing this festival.

October 7: Horizon Bookstore in Traverse City, Reading and Book signing, 2-4 pm

November 29: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, 7 pm 

Spring 2017 Events

March 18, 11 am, Women Writers of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (WWAAY) Conference, U-M, Ann Arbor. Reading with lots of wonderful readers. Workshop by Joy Friedler at 9 am--details at:

March 26, 3 pm, International Women's Day Celebration at The Source Bookstore, Wayne State University campus, Detroit

April 20, 7 pm, Bookbound Bookstore, Ann Arbor, with Detroit poet M.L. Liebler

April 23, 2 pm, Nicola's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, along with several contributors to Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology, published by the  Poetry Society of Michigan

May 21, 7 pm, Reading Series at Franklin Farmhouse, hosted by Diane Decillis

June 15, 7 pm, Motor Signal Reading, Signal Return Press, Eastern Market, Detroit, curated by Literary Detroit

Waterford Township Public Library, Feb 9, 2017, 7-8:30 pm

Reading with Alise Alousi and Cal Freeman

Events 2016

Author's Forum Event hosted by Evans Young 

A discussion of my book Sharp Blue Search of Flame with Lolita Hernandez, author of Making Callaloo in Detroit
Sept 28, 5:30 pm, Hatcher Graduate Library, U-M, Ann Arbor, MI

Wayne State Universtiy Press 75th Anniversary Celebrations, Detroit, MI

Sept 29, 5 pm, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art


Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Harbor Springs, MI
Oct 1, 1 pm and 3 pm. Reading and Panel Discussion with WSUP authors Mary Ann Oomen, Thomas Lynch, Michael Delp

Wellspring Series hosted by poet and professor at CMU, Robert Fanning

Oct 3, 7:00 pm, Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway St., Downtown Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters: Made in Michigan Writers Event

Oct 28, Reading with M.L. Lielbler and Lynn Fay in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jewish Book Festival

Nov 13, 10 am, Local Authors, Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Aug 28, 3 pm, Nicola's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
Reading with Ann Arbor poets, Chris Lord and Sue Budin


Celebration of 10 years of the Made in Michigan series, and 75 years of Wayne State University Press!

Panel discussion and reading on May 19, Hilberrry Theater in Detroit, 7 pm


Book Launch of Sharp Blue Search of Flame, sponsored by The Center of Education of Women, University of Michigan

Wednesday April 6, 2016, at 5 pm, Hussey Room, Michigan League

Poets and Pies Detroit: Reading with Terry Blackhawk and Dunya Mikhail

Thursday April 7, 7 pm. Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI

Literati Bookstore; Reading with M.L. Liebler and Michael Delp

Thursday April 21, 7 pm at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor

Upcoming presentations and/or classes:

Macomb Community College

SOAR Program, Poetry Workshop, Nov 10, 2016

Ongoing Programs

University of Michigan

Guest teacher at psychology professor Ramaswami Mahalingam's classes, working with undergraduate and graduate students in the Psychology Department. An ongoing project using creative writing workshops to help students think creatively, and to write their abstracts in poetry.


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
STEPUP Program, Creative B

A series of creative writing workshops with engineering students, August 3-7, 2015
Readings and Events with STEPUP Students, Aug 5 & 6:
Video of STEPUP student performance on Aug 6

Previous Appearances and Engagements:

Ann Arbor Area

Angell Hall, University of Michigan, Hussey Room, Michigan League, U-M, Ann Arbor Book Festival Conference and Readings, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti; Sweetwaters Cafe; Brewed Awakenings; Chelsea Literary Walk 


Scarab Club, Hannan House, Detroit Opera House, Jazz Cafe

Metro Detroit

Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Rochester Hills Public Library, Barnes and Noble, Rochester Hills,  Farmingtom Hills Public Library, Birmingham Public Library, Ferndale Library, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills Arts Center (BBAC); Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), Rochester Hills; Cranbrook School


AJJDC, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Zilka Joseph