If you would like to teach my work and/or have me visit as an editor or teacher, I am available globally for VIRTUAL visits–readings, craft talks, classroom Q & As, and generative workshops; and locally (PNW-based) / nationally (US plus Canada) for in-person visits, pending availability and CDC guidelines for crowds and mask mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic.


March 10, 2023: AWP Conference, Seattle, WA: “Misbehaving Memoirs” panel with Sayantani Dasgupta, Melissa Febos, Laura Read, and Elissa Washuta.

May 20, 2023: A Reading with Francesca Bell, Tiffany Midge, and Douglas Manuel. Auntie’s Books, Spokane, WA.

July 2023: Summer Residency, Western Colorado University low-residency MFA. Gunnison, CO.

I also regularly teach Poetry & Poetics in summers, for Central Washington University’s online BA in Professional and Creative Writing.

Here is a reading from EVERGREEN: Grim Tales & Verses From the Gloomy Northwest, with co-editor Sharma Shields, and authors Beth Piatote, Joe Wilkins, and Alexander Ortega, as part of the Ars Poetica Series at Eastern Oregon University’s MFA, January 2022:


Here is a reading from November 2020, for the Bad Mouth Reading Series:



Visiting Author, Eastern Washington University’s MFA. Spokane, WA. November 2021.

2021 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, via ZOOM

  • Spells & Incantations
  • Crossover Artists: Poets Writing Nonfiction
  • Wunderkammers & Other Catalogs (master class on organizing a collection)
  • Reading with Jenny Boully & Jourdan Imani Keith, Wednesday, July 21, 2021:


2022 & 2021 Western Colorado Graduate Program in Creative Writing Low-Residency MFA Summer Residency

2021 GetLit Festival, moderating two panels:

Difficult Fruits, featuring Kate Lebo, CMarie Furhman, & Kathryn Nuernberger:

& Creativity in the Climate Crisis, featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Johanna Stoberock:

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Reading Alicia Ostriker’s “The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz” for the Poem for You Series:


further past . . .

LITFUSE POET WORKSHOP in Tieton, WA-September 27-29 (2020)

Saturday, September 28, 10:15-11:45 a.m.: Double, Double, Toil and Tieton: Spells & Incantations with Maya Jewell Zeller

Saturday, September 28, 4:30 p.m.: READING in Tieton Square Park

Sunday, September 29, 9-10:30 a.m.: Crossover Artists: Poets Writing Nonfiction with Maya Jewell Zeller

MONTANA BOOK FESTIVAL in Missoula, MT-September 12-15 (2020)

Saturday, September 14:

11:30 a.m.-“Floating Bridge Press 25th Anniversary Showcase,” Reading with Rena Priest, Kate Peterson, and Laura Read.

2:30 p.m.-“Poetry of Parenthood in a Changing World,” Reading with Keetje Kuipers, Geffrey Davis, Laura Read, Heather Cahoon, Rob Schlegel

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July 22, 2019: Mainstage Reading at Port Townsend Writers’ Conference; with Carl Phillips and Susan Landgraf.

Excerpt from Maya reading “The Question of Lilith:”

(From Kristen Millares Young’s Instagram Post)

June 4, 2019: University of Oxford Reading Series, “Meet the Poet,” with Nancy Campbell and Maya Jewell Zeller. Teddy Hall, U of Oxford. UK.

Unamuno International Literary Festival. Madrid, Spain, May 27-June 1, 2019

Monday, May 27, 6:30 p.m., Desperate Literature, Madrid: Reading with Campbell McGrath, Christian Gullette, Paisley Rekdal, Dana Gioia, Mark Doty, and more

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September 27-30, 2018: Montana Book Festival, Missoula

Events: -Friday, 9/28, 3:30: Writers Under the Influence with Scablands Books

-Saturday, 9/29, 10:30 a.m: This is the Place Reading

-Saturday, 9/29, 12:30 p.m.: Creative Collaboration & Creating Community

Saturday, October 6, 5 p.m.: Reading with Sierra Golden for Launch of her book, The Slow Art. Country rock duo Lo-Liner will provide live tunes. Free popcorn. Artspace Hiawatha Lofts. Seattle.

Monday, October 8, 7 p.m.: Book Launch for Laura Read’s Dresses From the Old Country. Bartlett. Spokane, WA.

Friday, October 19, 7 p.m.: Reading Tour for Laura Read’s Dresses From the Old Country. Village Books. Bellingham, WA

October 20, 1-3 p.m.: “The American Character & The Personal Pronoun,” with Laura Read. Community Workshop for Boynton Poetry Series, MindPort (mezzanine), 210 W Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225

October 26, : Humanities Washington, “Bedtime Stories” Fundraiser (with Matthew Sullivan and Claudia Castro Luna). Spokane, WA.

Sunday, October 28, 4 p.m.: Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers. A release party for Spokane writer Kate Lebo’s collection of poems “Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers,” featuring readings from Sharma Shields, Laura Read, Maya Zeller, Nance Van Winckel, Ellen Welcker and Chelsea Martin. Reading hosts will collect donations for WA 5th District Democratic candidate Lisa Brown.

Saturday, November 3, 4:15-5:30, Salon 3:The Essay as Ecosystem.” Panel. With Kathryn Nuernberger, Kate Lebo, Elissa Washuta, & Clint Crockett Peters. NonfictionNOW! Conference. Phoenix, AZ.

December 1, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle: Reading with Laura Read and Elizabeth Austen


August 2018: I Am a Town Poetry Reading, Kendall Yards, Spokane

July 2018, various evenings: Mic Drop: Guided Writing/ Open Mic Sessions at Port Townsend Writers’ Conference; Friday, July 22: Crab Creek Review Reading

July 10, Post Falls Library: Ekphrastic Poetry for Teens, a workshop

July 2, Ink & Whiskey Writers Longtable, Montgomery Distillery, Missoula, MT

May 9: Collaborative Show with Kayla Jeffress, Old Skool, Ellensburg. 6:30 p.m.

April 26-28: GetLit! Festival–Spokane, WA

April 13-15: Orcas Island Lit Fest–Orcas Island, WA: Friday, April 13: Reading with Ana Maria Spagna, Gail Folkins, & more; Outlook Inn Victoria Room—7:30p to 8:15; Saturday, April 14: THIS IS THE PLACE: WOMEN WRITING ABOUT HOME–Panel discussion with Margot Kahn, Tara Conklin, Jane Wong, Elizabeth Eaves; Center Stage–9:30 to 10:40a

Saturday, April 7: Inland Poetry Prowl–Ellensburg, WA

“Strange Alchemy: When Women Collaborate,” panel discussion exploring interdisciplinary collaborations, featuring Melinda Mueller, Elizabeth Vignali, Kami Westhoff, Katharine Whitcomb, & Maya Jewell Zeller. 2-2:45pm. Gallery One, 408 N Pearl (Ceramic Studio). Ellensburg.

Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m.: Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, Museum of Culture and Environment, CWU, Ellensburg

Friday, March 2, 5 – 8PM: Reading & Reception for collaborative art and poetry show, for Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, Spokane Art School Gallery.  Prints by Carrie DeBacker will be for sale.

Friday, February 23: Unamuno International Author Series, Madrid, Spain

Saturday, February 17: Reading for Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, Lovecrumbs Coffeehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m.: Lilac City Fairy Tales: Towers and Dungeons, Bing Crosby Theatre, Spokane

Saturday, Jan. 27, 7p.m.: WA 129 End of the Road Reading, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane; with WA outgoing Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Saturday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.: Reader, Write our Democracy “State of the Union,” Hugo House, Seattle (with Shawn Vestal, Dawn Pichon Barron, Anastatica-Renee, Ramon Isao, & more)

Saturday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.: Alumni feature. Voiceover: EWU MFA Readings Series, The Big Dipper, Spokane

Monday, December 11, 7 p.m: reading for This is the Place: Women Writing on Home, POWELL’S BOOKS, Portland (with Tara Conklin, Margot Kahn, etc.)

 Saturday, November 18, 7 p.m.: reading with authors Kate Lebo, Tara Conklin, Jane Wong, & more, for the release of This is the Place: Women Writing on Home, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

Saturday, November 11, 7 p.m.: with Kathryn Smith and Ben Cartwright, Auntie’s Books, Spokane

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.: reading for Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (available for preorder now!), Open Books, Seattle (reading with Ellen Welcker)

Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.: reading from Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, Museum of Culture & Environment, CWU Campus, Ellensburg: with musician Liz Rognes

Friday, October 20, 8 p.m.: RELEASE READING from Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts,  in Spokane, at the Bartlett, with musician Liz Rognes

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.: Washington 129 reading, Gallery One, Ellensburg

Friday, October 13, 6 p.m.: SPOKEN RIVER, a Spokane Riverkeeper Fundraiser Event, with Shawn Vestal & Jack Nisbet, Fort Mukogawa, Spokane.

Friday, October 6, 8 p.m.: Poetry Feature,Remember the Word,” Auntie’s Books, Spokane

Wednesday, October 4, 8 p.m.: House party book celebration reading with Alexandra Teague, Joy Passante. Invitation Only, at Sam & Kate’s. Spokane.

Saturday, September 30, 3-4 p.m.: Different Angles into Nature Writing,” Panel with John Clayton, Jack Clinton, & Jim Robbins, moderated by Nick Neely, Shakespeare & CO, MT Festival of the Book, Missoula

Friday, September 29, 1 p.m.: Reading with Leyna Krow. Dana Art Gallery, Montana Festival of the Book, Missoula

Thursday, September 28, 8:30 p.m.: Pie & Whiskey, Union Club, Montana Festival of the Book, Missoula. Buy tickets here.

Friday, June 9, 6:00 p.m., Willow Springs Books Fundraiser, The Bartlett, Spokane, with authors Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon, & Laura Read: https://www.facebook.com/events/300475567042426/

Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 p.m., CWU Campus: Panel Moderator, “Editor-Author Relationships: Kate Lebo, Tiffany Midge, & Elissa Washuta”

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4 p.m.–EWU Alumni Reading: “We All Lived Here,” Barrister Winery, Get Lit, Spokane–with Leyna Krow, Kristine Lloyd, & more

Thursday, April 20, 2017– Guest Lecturer, The Art of Poetry, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane

Wednesday, April 19–“A Writers’ Discussion: The Revision Process,” with Shawn Vestal and Kris Dinnison–11 a.m. one-on-one with student writer; 12 p.m. panel discussion, EWU Spokane, EWU Center, Suite 258, Spokane

Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m.–“Unloved: A Poetic Encyclopedia of Ostracized Animals,” Spark Central, Spokane

March 9, Iron Horse, Ellensburg: “13 Ways of Looking at. . . Anything,” generative workshop, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 4, 7 p.m., Book People, Moscow, Idaho: A Reading with Kathryn Nuernberger and Laura Read

Sunday, November 6, 7 p.m., Central Food, Spokane: Reading with Kathryn Nuernberger, Laura Read, Kathryn Smith, & Nance Van Winckel

Thursday, November 10-Sunday, November 13, 2016, Fort Worden/ Centrum, Port Townsend: “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” Writing Long or Linked Poems, weekend intensive/ generative workshop (with Laura Read); register via link

Sunday, November 13, 4 p.m., Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA: “Taxidermy Mermaids, the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, and Other Marvels,” reading with Kathryn Nuernberger

Friday, November 18, 7 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane: “Floating Bridge Press Ladies’ Night,” with Nance Van Winckel, Laura Read, and Kate Petersen, winner of the 2016 Floating Bridge Press chapbook competition

Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m., Montana Book Festival: Wherever I’m With You, a panel with Kate Lebo, Margot Case Kahn, Tara Conklin; moderated by Judy Blunt.

Saturday, September 17, 4:30 p.m., West Central, Spokane: PORCHFEST, poet showcase

GETLIT! Festival, Spokane, various events. See full schedule here.

2016 Get Lit! Events

Wednesday, March 30, 7 p.m.,Opulen Studios, 1309 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA: AWP Offsite Reading w/ Tupelo Quarterly, Pleiades Press, & 32 Poems, with Katy Didden, Jaswinder Bolina, John Gallaher, & more

Saturday, April 9, 3 p.m., Gard Vintners, 311 N. Pearl Street, “Visercal Verse,” with Laura Read & Katharine Whitcomb;  “Baudelaire’s Birthday Bash,” Poetry Prowl, Ellensburg, WA

Saturday, March 12, Featured Reader, Kitchen Sessions, Bellingham, WA

Friday, March 11, WWU Alumni Reading, 5 p.m., Western Washington University Alumni Association, Bellingham

Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m., Northwind Gallery, Port Townsend: Reading with Michael Schmeltzer

Saturday, February 27 & Saturday, March 5, SPARK Center, Spokane: Generative Workshop, “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?”: Writing Long or Linked Poems (with Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read; register & find more information via link)

Saturday, January 23 (2016), 6-8 p.m., SPARK Center, Spokane: 6 p.m. chapbook panel/ Q & A moderated by Spokane Poet Laureate Laura Read; 7 p.m. reading with Floating Bridge Press authors Brian Cooney & Michael Schmeltzer

Saturday, October 24, 7 p.m., Village Books, Bellingham, WA: Reading with Jeremy Voigt

Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m., Hugo House, Seattle: Reading and book launch (of Yesterday, the Bees) with Floating Bridge Press authors Michael Schmeltzer and Brian Cooney

Friday, October 2, 12:30-5, Write on the Sound, Edmonds, WA: “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?: Writing Long or Linked Poems,” generative workshop (co-taught with Laura Read). See Write on the Sound for more information.

Friday, October 2, 6:30 p.m., Edmonds Public Library, Reading with poet Laura Read

Sunday, October 4, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Edmonds, WA: What Makes a Prose Poem, Flash Nonfiction, or Short Short Story? |

September 25, 2014: Lilac City Fairy Tales, Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane

Blurb in The Inlander: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/lilac-city-fairytales/Event?oid=2359384

May 11th, 2011, 7 p.m.: Port Angeles, at the PA Library’s Raymond Carver Room (also part of Foothills Writers Series)

Read a Peninsula Daily News Article about this visit here: “New poetry book by ex-Port Angeles teacher tells of Northwest”

May 9th, 2011, 8 p.m.: Bellingham, WA, at The Amadeus Project, 1209 Cornwall (poetrynight Featured Reader)

(hear a podcast of this reading here–you’ll need to scroll down to “5-9-11 part 2 feature Maya Jewell Zeller”)


To reach Maya, email her at mayajewellzeller (at) gmail (dot) com.


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