Upcoming Events and Classes

Porter will join the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing in fall 2019.

Past Events

2019: Left Margin Lit Reading at Novel Brewing, Oakland, CA

2018: Spring Hill College Boyle Lecturer, Mobile, AL

2017: St. Mary's College of California Writer-in-Residence, Moraga, CA

2016: Left Margin Lit Fiction Workshop, Berkeley, CA, St. Mary's College of California Writer-in-Residence: Craft Discussion, Fiction Reading, Moraga, CA; Babylon Salon, The Armory Club, San Francisco.


2015: Pacific University Low-Residency MFA Program Faculty: Seaside, OR; California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) Annual Conference, San José; Center for Literary Arts, San José State University, Western New England Low-Residency MFA Program Faculty: Springfield, MA; University of California-Berkeley.


2014: Key West Literary Seminar: The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime & The Literary Thriller; NOV Conference: Houston, TX, Lafayette (LA), West Lafayette (IN); AWP Conference, Seattle; Politics & Prose (DC); Why There Are Words, Sausalito (CA); Babylon Salon, San Francisco; Bookstores in Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans. Fall for the Book: Fairfax (VA), Texas Book Festival: Austin, Louisiana Book Festival: Baton Rouge, The Janus-Faced Habit: A Symposium for Nicholas Delbanco: Ann Arbor (MI)


2013: NOV Conference: Houston, TX, Aberdeen, Scotland, West Lafayette, IN; AWP Conference, Boston; Bear River Writers' Conference (MI)


2012: Writers Community Harvest (IN); Ohio University; AWP Conference, Chicago, Bear River Writers' Conference (MI)


2011: Indiana University; Key West Literary Seminar, The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature; AWP Conference, DC


2010: Denison University (OH)


2009: Key West Literary Seminar: Historical Fiction and the Search for Truth; National Society of Arts and Letters (IN); AWP Conference, Chicago, Writers Community Harvest (IN)


2008: Books by the Banks: Cincinnati Book Festival, IUPUI-Indianapolis, Wisconsin Book Festival, Purdue University, Politics & Prose (DC), Busboys & Poets (DC), Happy Ending Reading Series (NYC), Chicago Tribune'sPrinter's Row Book Fair, Tippecanoe County Public Library (IN), Key West Literary Seminar, New Voices: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? AWP Conference, New York. Bookstores in Milwaukee, Chicago, Iowa City, DC, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Memphis and Oxford, MS


2007: NonfictioNow Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Gathering of Writers, Writers' Center of Indiana; University of Indianapolis' Kellogg Writers Series; AWP Panel in Atlanta: Literary Gossip: Do's and Don'ts; AWP Panel in Atlanta: Purdue Graduate Creative Writing Program's 20th Anniversary; PEN/Faulkner Reading Series (DC): New Voices in American Fiction; Key West Literary Seminar: Wondrous Strange: Mystery, Intrigue and Psychological Drama


2006: Writers Community Harvest (IN); Lawrenceburg Public Library (IN); Hudson Valley Writers Center (NY); Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; University of Michigan; Butler University; Key West Literary Seminar: The Literature of Adventure, Travel and Discovery


2005: Notre Dame University; University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Purdue University; Indianapolis Public Library; NonfictioNow Conference at the University of Iowa; Writers Community Harvest (IN); Writers’ Center of Indiana Fall Festival; Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row Book Fair; Ann Arbor Book Festival; Virginia Festival of the Book; Key West Literary Seminar: Humor: More Than Just a Laugh; Bookstores in: New York, Washington, DC, Richmond, Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Dearborn, Indianapolis


2004: PEN/Faulkner Benefit Gala (DC); Great Lakes Book Convention (MI); Writers Community Harvest (IN); Key West Literary Seminar: Crossing Borders: The Immigrant Voice in American Literature, Bookstores in: West Lafayette, Greensboro


2003: George Mason University (VA); Lake Forest College (IL); Rice University (TX); Will Read for Food (NC)


2002: Will Read for Food (NC); Bookstores in: Greensboro


2001: University of North Carolina-Greensboro; University of Oregon; Will Read for Food (NC)


2000: AWP’s Fall for the Book (VA); Virginia Festival of the Book; Great Lakes Book Convention (OH); New England Book Convention (MA); Second Great Obituary Writers' Conference (TX); Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (DC); Bookstores in: New York, Boston, Washington, DC, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Ann Arbor, Madison (CT)

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