Events & Classroom Visits


The following are some of my public events since DARKROOM’s release in 2012. In addition, I have enjoyed visiting individual classrooms–in person and virtually.

Would you like to set up a campus visit or a virtual chat for your classroom? Please write to me and let’s discuss it. I can be reached at 

NOTE to readers and teachers of CUARTO OSCURO: I am proficient in Spanish and would be happy to chat with your Spanish students. 

September 25-29, 2017

University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an area high school, as a visiting author through The Department of Theatre

February 27-March 1, 2017

University of Richmond, Department of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies

January 29-30, 2016

Alabama Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Troy University

January 19, 2016

Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, Augusta, Georgia, for the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Series

October 23, 2015

New College of Florida

September 28, 2015

Samford University

September 16-17, 2015

Rosa Parks Museum and Troy University

April 13-17, 2015

Writers@Work, Chattanooga State Community College








November 6-7, 2014

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

October 17-18, 2014

Auburn Writers Conference, Auburn University

September 27, 2014

Comadres & Compadres Writers Conference, Brooklyn, NY

April 8-10, 2014

 Black Belt Symposium,  The University of West Alabama

March 21-22, 2014

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival,  New Orleans

March 13-15, 2014

National Latino Children’s Literature ConferenceThe University of Alabama       School of Library and Information Studies

March 2014

Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington






February 6, 2014

 Center for the BookThe University of Alabama

January 7, 2014

 TUARATuscaloosa, Alabama

November 19-20, 2013

 Marshall UniversityHuntington, West Virginia

April 25-27

Alabama Writers SymposiumMonroeville, Alabama

April 20, 2013 

Alabama Book Festival, Montgomery, Alabama

April 5, 2013

 Arty Party, The University of Alabama Creative Writing Program

April 4, 2013

 Bankhead Reading, The University of Alabama Creative Writing Program

March 14, 2013

Presentation: “South Americans in the American South”

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, The University     of Alabama

November 17, 2012

Miami Book Fair International

Graphic Novel Panel: The Promised Land, Miami Dade College

C-SPAN Book TV interview during the fair


November 7-8, 2012

 Judson College, Marion, Alabama

October 20-21, 2012

James River Writers Conference, Richmond, Virginia

October 13, 2012

Southern Festival of the Book, Nashville, Tennessee

June 24, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Unitarian-Universalist ChurchTuscaloosa, Alabama

June 5-6, 2012

 BookExpo AmericaNew York City

May 23, 2012

Black Belt Experience, University of Alabama Honors College, Marion, Alabama

April 14, 2012

Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, Arkansas


April 6, 2012

 Page and Palette, Fairhope, Alabama

April 5, 2012

The University of Alabama Press Book Launch, Kentuck Gallery, Arts Night





March 29-30, 2012

Connecting Cultures &  Celebrating Cuentos: National Latino Children’s  Literature Conference, University of Alabama

March 28, 2012

New College Reception, Lloyd Hall, University of Alabama, at 4:30

 March 24, 2012

Druid City Arts Festival, Government Plaza, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

February 16, 2012

Rosa Parks Museum


  1. I need to re-read “Black Like Me”
    That book made a huge impression on me too but I know I have forgotten a lot of it


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