Meditation on race, Phillips Church, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, October 4, 2017. “To Suckle on Fear,” adapted from essay which appeared in The MacGuffin (Spring 2017.)

Meditation on class, religion, and gender, Phillips Church, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, January 7, 2016.

Memoir Excerpt, “The Gun Show,” The Silo Series at The Word Barn, Exeter, NH, November 15, 2015. story about The Word Barn & the reading.

Chapel Talks at The Hill School, Pottstown, PA, February 20, 2015 and April 3, 2014. Click here to listen online.

Memoir & Fiction, various pieces, MOSAIC Community Land Trust Gallery, Pottstown, PA, January, March, October 2012

Memoir excerpt, “The Accident,” Bennington College, Graduate Reading Series, Jan. 2012

Memoir excerpt, “Gun-Sitting,” Bennington Writers Series, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, Aug. 2011

Memoir excerpt, “Mad Poetry Lady,” Storytelling fundraiser for Housing Initiatives of Princeton, Private residence, May 2, 2010

Memoir excerpt, “The Accident,” The Raconteur, Metuchen, NJ, March 6, 2010

Memoir excerpt, “Border Crossings,” Princeton Arts Council, Feb. 2009

Novel excerpt, “Lost Women,” Princeton Arts Council, Feb. 2008

Poetry, “Verbal Insurgency,” Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, Boulder, CO, June 2007

Poetry, “Meow,” (excerpt), Naropa Summer Writing Program, Boulder, CO, June 2007

Poetry, “Meow,” (excerpt), Cornelia Street Café, New York City, May 2007

Novel excerpt, “The Re-Education of Dr. Suburban Mommy Goddess,” Princeton Arts Council, Jan. 2007

Short story, “Homecoming Dance,” Princeton Arts Council, Jan. 2006

Personal essay, “Ballard,” Murray-Dodge Hall, Princeton University, May 2005

Novel excerpt, “The Geography of a Midlife Crisis,” Princeton Arts Council, Jan. 2005

Short story, “Small World,” Princeton Arts Council , Jan. 2003

Short story, “Baghdad54,” Frist Campus Center, Princeton University, May 2002


“Escape and Re-Invention: The Automobile in This Boy’s Life and Anywhere But Here”

Annual Convention of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Panel on “Horseless Carriages and Hybrid Mustangs: Travel and the
Automobile in Twentieth- and Twentieth-First-Century American Literature,” Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Research Triangle Park,Durham, NC, November 10, 2012.

“Beyond Paradise: Off-beat road narratives that are worth the trip”

Graduate lecture, Bennington College, 01/12. A protagonist on a journey is an ancient story line. In On the Road, Jack Kerouac’s Sal Paradise narrates the iconic American road trip. This lecture explores other voices – that of Joan Didion, Mona Simpson, and William Least Heat-Moon – to stretch perceptions of what road trip narratives can be.

Local Government & the Environment

Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University, Cook College class, 11/9/06. Spoke about NJ Open Public Records Act and founding of a public interest website: related to contaminated site in Skillman, NJ.

Job Loss and the Family

Guest Speaker, St. Paul’s Career Networking Group, Princeton, NJ, 5/21/05 & 4/3/04

Guest Speaker, Pay It Forward – A Career Networking Group, Ewing, NJ, 4/27/04

Guest Speaker, Trinity Church Jobseekers, Princeton, NJ, 11/03

Saints & Sinners: Nannies in Novels & On the Screen

Featured speaker,  National Association of Nannies 10th anniversary conference, Herndon, VA. Multimedia presentation,  09/02