Here are some places where you can find me.
Surviving the Next Step: Stories of Finding Our Own Paths
June 9-11, 2017 at Pub 626 in Chicago, 7pm. We can live our lives how everyone else always has, following their well-tread footsteps, or we can carve out new paths to unknown destinations. Join us this June as we celebrate moments of staying true to our own course and finding peace at the other end.
Val Emmich, author of "The Reminders" in conversation with Paula Carter
June 11, 2017 from noon to 1pm, Printer's Row Lit Fest, Jones College Prep/4030. Writer-singer-songwriter Val Emmich played Liz Lemon’s coffee-boy fling in “30 Rock.” His charming debut novel, “The Reminders,” focuses on a grieving man and his unlikely relationship with a 10-year-old girl. Emmich will appear in conversation with Paula Carter, whose own essay collection, “No Relation,” is forthcoming this autumn.
How a Flash Essay is like a Baby Elephant: Translating the Big Moments into Small Spaces, August 17, 2017, 10am-11:30am, Northwestern University Summer Writers’ Conference. Join me as I teach a session on the flash essay. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the history of the flash essay, read masters of the form, and start writing our own flash pieces. Also check out the other amazing sessions that are a part of this conference!
No Relation, Book Launch and Reading, November 17, 2017, 7pm, Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St, Chicago. There will be words read aloud, fun people (that's you) and wine. Basically a party for the book.
Readings and Storytelling
Tell Me Something I Don't Know: Live Podcast Taping, Stephen Dubner's new podcast, April 5, 2017 at Thalia Hall in Chicago (recording out in July 2017)
Contrary to Popular Belief: Stories of Making Our Own Meaning, 2nd Story, March 10-12, 2017, Pub 626, Chicago
TriQuarterly 150th Issue Celebration at AWP, February 9, 2017, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Truth or Lies Reading Series, November 2, 2016, Firecat Projects, Chicago
Spring Forward: Stories of Bursting into Self, 2nd Story, April 8-10, 2016, Pub 626, Chicago
Tell It Slant, March 6, 2016, Waters Elementary to benefit Lincoln Square Friendship Center, Chicago
Almost There: Stories of Pursuit and Surrender, 2nd Story, May 7-8, 2015, Inspiration Kitchen, Chicago
TriQuarterly Issue 146 Launch, September 27, 2014, Chopin Theatre, Chicago
Once More Unto the Breach: Stories of Beautiful Struggle, 2nd Story, March 9-10, 2014, Webster’s Wine Bar, Chicago
Essay Fiesta, March 2013, The Book Cellar, Chicago
This Much is True, July 2012, Hopleaf, Chicago
Wapsipinicon Almanac issue launch, Prairie Lights Book Store, Iowa City, 2011
Teaching and Talking
Creative Nonfiction Workshop, Concordia University, Fall 2016
Guest Presenter, Introduction to Editing and Publishing, Lee University, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
"Rubbing, Writing, and Regionalism: Fact and Fiction in the Rural Midwest,” presented at the Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, 2006