June 9-15th, 2019

Visiting Poet: Caven Canem Retreat; University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

June 13th, 2019

Reading at Alphabet City 7:30pm, Pittsburgh, PA.

June 27-28th, 2019

Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York NY.

August 25-31st, 2019

Poetry Workshop: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle, Maine.


September 13th, 2018

Anticipating an Audience for African Writing with Jennifer Makumbi. Windham Campbell Literary Festival: 4pm
Yale University, New Haven, CT.

May 23rd, 2018

Reading  for Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden with Kwame Dawes Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference
Madison, CT

February 22, 2018 

Reading  at Hollins University: 8pm
Roanoke, VA 

January 11, 2018

Reading with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo for the launch of his chapbook Dulce, winner of the 2017 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize: 7pm
Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL


November 27, 2017 

Reading  for Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden with Kwame Dawes and Natasha Tretheway: 7pm
Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL

November 6, 2017

Lecture: Why Race? Why Now?: Focusing Diversity in Higher Education
York University, Toronto, Canada

October 19, 2017

Reading  for Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden with Kwame Dawes: 4pm
Furious Flower, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

March 31, 2017 

Book Release for Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden: 6pm
Block Museum, Northwestern University.
Evanston, IL

March 10, 2017

Striking CLARITY: Reading & Conversation with the African Poetry Book Fund: 4pm. Hosted by the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. 155 Angell Street Providence, RI 02912

February 21, 2017

Applied Words: Segregation and Education in Chicago: 7pm Hosted by the Guild Literary Complex. Chopin Theatre – 1543 W Division St, Chicago, IL.

February 10, 2017

African Poetry: A Celebration at the Library of Congress: 1pm
Library of Congress, Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave, Washington, D.C.

February 8-11, 2017

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Annual Conference
Washington D.C.



September 15, 2016

In conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri. Eye on India at the Poetry Foundation 
Chicago, IL.

August 3, 2016

African Poetry Today: Reading & Conversation w/ Kwame Dawes, Chris Abani, Keorapetse Kgositsile, TJ Dema, Safia Elhillo, Inua Ellams, Clifton Gachagua, Ladan Osman, and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.
Ford Foundation, New York, NY

January 14, 2016

Visiting Writer, Pacific University M.F.A. Program
Seaside, OR



February 5, 2015

Trias Reading Series: Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY

March 12, 2015

2015 Joseph Keene Chadwick Lecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, HI

April 8-11, 2015

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Annual Conference
Minneapolis, MN

April 9, 2015

Reading with Heid Erdrich and Aimeee Suzara Pangea World Theatre: 8pm
Minneapolis, MN

April 10, 2015

Reading at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts: 6pm
Minneapolis, MN

April 11, 2015

Reading with Northwestern University Press at 612 Brew: 7pm
Minneapolis, MN

April 30, 2015

Reading at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln: 7pm
Lincoln, NE

July 9, 2015

A Celebration of International Poetry: New Generation of African Poets, Poetry Society of America at the Poetry Foundation: 7pm
61 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654

October 27, 2015

Damming the Nile: A Poet's Ecology; 2015 Katherine and Mason Reay Lecture: 5:15pm
Northwestern University
Harris Hall, Room 108
Evanston, IL

October 29, 2015

Arab American Book Awards Ceremony: 6:30pm
Arab American National Museum
Dearborn, MI



June 7, 2014

In Conversation w/ Hisham Aidi: 1pm
The Printers Row Lit Fest
Chicago, IL

September 17-21, 2014

Storymoja Hay Festival
Nairobi, Kenya

October 31, 2014

Reading w/ Yusef Komunyakaa, Aracelis Girmay, and others for Black Renaissance Noir at New York University (D'Agostino Hall/ NYU Law School): 7pm
New York, NY

November 12, 2014

University of New Haven: Arts@UNH: 6:30pm
New Haven, CT

November 19, 2014

Reading w/ Adrian Matejka: Columbia College Chicago: 5:30pm
Chicago, IL

December 16, 2014

The Open Doors Reading Series at the Poetry Foundation
Chicago, IL