2024 Readings/Events

Virtual Event
January 11, 2024, 8 PM EST

“More Than Human World” Reading
About Place Journal / Black Earth Institutes
Readers: Todd Davis, Lia Purpura, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Kathryn Nuernberger, Annie Wenstrup, Brittney Corrigan, Kelle Groom, Heather Swan, Joe Wilkins, Elizabeth Bradfield, Kai Coggin; Editors: Nickole Brown & Erin Coughlin Hollowell
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Kansas City, MO
February 8, 2024, 2:30 PM

AWP 2024 Book Fair
Tupelo Press Booth: #742
Book Signing

Kansas City, MO
February 9, 2024, 1:30-3 PM

AWP 2024 Book Fair
Another Chicago Magazine Table: #1820
Book Signing

Kansas City, MO
February 9, 2024, 6:30 PM

Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly offsite party and reading
Seven Swans Creperie
1746 Washington Street

2023 Readings/Events

Orlando, FL
Monday, October 2, 2023, 3 PM

University of Central Florida
Reading & Book Signing: Writers in the Sun Series
Trevor Colburn Hall, Room 103
12796 Aquarius Agora Drive, Orlando, FL
Free & open to the public
MFA Class Visit: Professional Development
Contact: Contact: Chrissy Kolaya,

University Park, PA
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 6 - 7:30 PM

PennState, College of Liberal Arts
Mary E. Rolling Reading Series
Reading, Book Signing, Q&A
Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Mary E. Rolling Reading Series: Kelle Groom - Penn State College of the Liberal Arts (

Boston, MA
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 6 PM

Book Launch How to Live: A Memoir-in-Essays
Kelle Groom in conversation with Joan Wickersham, co-sponsored by AGNI Magazine
East End Books Boston Seaport
300 Pier 4 Blvd., Unit 4 (Next to ICA Museum and Woods Hill Pier 4 Restaurant)

Provincetown, MA
Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 6 PM

East End Books Ptown
Reading, Q&A, Book Signing
389 Commercial Street, Provincetown

Orlando, FL
Saturday, November 4, 2023 Time: doors open 6 PM / event 6:30 PM
Zeppelin Books
Reading, Q&A, Book Signing
885 N. Orange Avenue | Orlando, FL

Winter Park, FL
Monday, November 6, 2023 Time: 6 PM

Winter Park Library
Reading, Q&A, Book Signing
1052 W. Morse Blvd. | Winter Park, FL

Miami, FL
November 19, 2023 2 PM

Miami Book Fair 2023

New Smyrna Beach, FL
December 15, 2023, 6 PM

Kelle Groom and Brian Turner: Readings, Q&A, Book Signings
Atlantic Center for the Arts Downtown: Harris House
214 South Riverside Drive

2019/2020 Readings/Events

Fort Worth, Texas
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Reading & Class Visit/Girl Talk: Contemporary American Memoir
Trinity Valley School

Boston, Massachusetts
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7 PM – 10 PM
Reading for AGNI #89 Launch Party with Jonathan Escoffery, Julia Shipley, Samuel Kọ́láwọ́lé, and performance by Zenobia.
Writing from Life / Memoir & Fiction Workshop
Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies
121 Bay State Rd

2018 Readings/Events

Umbertide, Italy
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6 PM
Reading with Sebastian Faulks at Civitella Ranieri
Via Ursula Corning 1 Localita Civitella Ranieri Umbertide, 06019 PG, Italia

Provincetown, Massachusetts
August 19 - 24, 2018
Fine Arts Work Center
Writing from Life / Memoir & Fiction Workshop
24 Pearl Street

Provincetown, Massachusetts
Monday, August 19, 2018, 6 PM
Reading: Kelle Groom & Marie Howe
24 Pearl Street

Salem, Massachusetts
Saturday May 5, 2018 2-3 PM
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Salamander 25th Anniversary Reading
The Bridge, 211 Bridge Street, Salem MA, 01970
Kelle Groom with Ben Berman and Danielle Legros Georges

Salem, Massachusetts
May 4-6, 2018
Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Salamander 25th Anniversary Reading
Kelle Groom & Ben Berman

Tampa, Florida
Friday, March 9, 2018 12:30-2 PM
AWP Conference
Tampa Convention Center
Book Signing for Spill at Anhinga Press booth
Booth #1602

Tampa, Florida
Thursday, March 8, 2018 3:00-4:15 PM
AWP Conference
Marriott Waterside
Meeting Room 4, Second Floor
"Unnatural Deaths" Nonfiction Panel: Sarah Dohrmann, Nick Flynn, Kelle Groom, Darin Strauss

Tampa, Florida
Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM
AWP Conference
Tea Lounge Tampa
Reading: Kelle Groom, May Yang, & Yolanda Franklin
1441 East Fletcher Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saturday, December 2, 2017 7 PM
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Reading: Kelle Groom with Charlotte Boulay, Kasey Jueds, & Elizabeth Scanlon
551 Carpenter Lane
(215) 844-1870

Boston, Massachusetts
Thursday, October 26, 7 PM
Lit Crawl Boston
"Words & Music": Kelle Groom, Kristin Hersh, Clea Simon, & Shaker Flynn (Simi Stone & Philip Marshall performing with Nick Flynn)
Emerson College, Media Art Gallery
25 Avery Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Monday, October 23, 2017, 8 PM
Blacksmith House Poetry Series
Reading: Kelle Groom & Stuart Dischell
56 Brattle Street

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 3 PM
Atlantic Center for the Arts
Harris House, 214 S Riverside Drive
Reading: Kelle Groom & Terry Thaxton
37 S. Magnolia Avenue

Orlando, Florida
Monday, October 16, 2017
University of Central Florida
Writers in the Sun Series
Reading: Kelle Groom & Terry Thaxton
37 S. Magnolia Avenue
contact: Laurie Uttich,

Orlando, Florida
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3 PM
Gallery at Avalon Island
Reading: Kelle Groom & Terry Thaxton
37 S. Magnolia Avenue

Tampa, Florida
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2:30-4 PM
Other Words Literary Conference
Anhinga Press Reading
University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida
October 12-14, 2017
Other Words Literary Conference
Anhinga Press Reading
University of Tampa

Provincetown, Massachusetts
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6 PM
East End Books
Reading/Book Party for Spill
389 Commercial Street

Provincetown, Massachusetts
Friday, September 15, 2017, 4 PM
Provincetown Public Library Book Festival
Kelle Groom and Amy Hoffman: "The Lives of Girls and Women"
357 Commercial Street

Salem, Massachusetts
May 5-7, 2017
9th Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Anhinga Press Poets Reading with Deborah Landau, Elizabeth Powell, & Robin Beth Schaer

Stoneham, Massachusetts
Friday, April 28, 2017
Stoneham Public Library
431 Main Street
(781) 438-1324

Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Saint Ann's Review Fall Issue Reading & Celebration
163 Court Street
(718) 875.3677

Cambridge, MA
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library
Plume Reading: Kelle Groom & Gail Mazur

Provincetown, MA
Friday, September 16, 11:00 AM
First Annual Provincetown Book Festival
Elizabeth Bradfield, Kelle Groom, Jill McDonough
Provincetown Library
Contact: Nan Cinnater, 508-487-7094

Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:30-5:45
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:30-5:45 AWP Conference, LA Convention Center
"Blood & Water: Poets Pouring into Nonfiction"
(Laura McCullough, Benjamin Busch, Kelle Groom, Michael Klein)
Room 407, Meeting Room Level

Tour / Readings: I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl.

Boston, MA
Tuesday, June 7 (book release)
Brookline Booksmith
[ View Site ]

Westborough, MA
Wednesday, June 8
Tatnuck Bookseller
[ View Site ]

Martha's Vineyard, MA
Friday, June 10
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
[ View Site ]

Madison, CT
Monday, June 13
R.J. Julia Booksellers
[ View Site ]

Vero Beach, FL
Wednesday, June 15
Vero Beach Book Center
[ View Site ]

Coral Gables, FL
Thursday, June 16
Books & Books
[ View Site ]

Brooklyn, NY with Nick Flynn
Monday, June 20
[ BookCourt ]

Orlando, FL
Tuesday, June 21
Barnes & Noble
[ View Site ]

Philadelphia, PA
November 5
Musehouse: A Center for Literary Arts
[ View Site ]

Miami, FL
Sunday, November 20, 3 PM
"The Art of Memoir: Bill Clegg, Jill Bialosky and Kelle Groom"
Miami Book Fair International 2011
[ View Site ]

Washington, DC
Tues, December 20, 12 PM
Library of Congress
Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor Thomas Jefferson Building
[ View Site
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Thurs, January 12, 4 PM
Blue Flower Arts Winter Writers Conference
[ View Site ]

Chicago, IL
March 1-3, 2012 (date/time TBA)
AWP Conference
Book Signing - I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl: A Memoir
Sierra Nevada College Low Residency MFA Booth

Chicago, IL
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 11 AM
AWP Conference
Book Signing - Five Kingdoms: Poems
Anhinga Press Table (F20 and 21)

Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4 PM
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Student Union Contact: Maritza White, 702.895.5542

Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, April 7, 2012, 2 PM
PAPERBACK RELEASE of I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl
Barnes & Noble Northwest
2191 N. Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89108
Contact - Crystal Perkins, Community Relations Manager: 702.631.1775

Syracuse, NY
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 
(3:45-4:30 PM Q&A; 5:30 PM Reading)
Raymond Carver Reading Series
Syracuse University
Gifford Auditorium, HBC Building (Huntington Beard Crouse)
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Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 5:30 PM
Black Mountain Institute Book Club
Contact: Jessica Lucero,

Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7 - 9 PM
Ploughshares Spring 2012 Issue Reading & Celebration
Nick Flynn hosts the event. Readings: Mary Morris, Maria Venegas, Eric Fair, Kelle Groom, Melissa Sandor, Danielle Blau, Patricia Caspers, Michael Dumanis, Monica Ferrell, Michael Klein, Eileen Myles, Gregory Pardlo, James Tolan, Suzanne Wise, and Ronnie Yates 
The Woods, 48 South 4th Street (between Kent and Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
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Incline Village, NV
Thursday, July 12, 2012, 7 PM

Reading (with Laura Wetherington)
Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe
Contact: Jessie Alhandy, 775.831.1314 ext 7424

Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Memoir Panel: Kelle Groom, Oksana Marafioti, & Cheryl Strayed
Vegas Valley Book Festival

St Augustine, FL
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Reading (with Bob Shacochis)
Other Words Conference
Flagler College
Contact: Rick Campbell,

Incline Village, NV
Friday, November 16, 2012
Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe
Contact: June Saraceno, or 775.881.7514

Incline Village, NV
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Memoir Workshop
Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe
Contact: June Saraceno, or 775.881.7514