About Troy, Michigan on Poetry Society of America

October 6th, 2014 by SWalters


I am thrilled to share some of my thinking behind writing this collection on the “In Their Own Words” blog at The Poetry Society of America.  Here’s a snippet:

“Troy, Michigan is a collection of sonnets inspired by the city map of my hometown—I wanted to represent the rectangle shapes repeated throughout of the city plan.  I chose the sonnet form because younger writers often use it when they attempt to become a poet.  Even though I no longer qualify as a younger poet, this book was also about bringing to life a version of myself from the past to try to make sense of the landscape that had shaped my understanding of both safety and danger.”  More here.

Reading at Poet’s House Wednesday 7/23 at 7pm

June 29th, 2014 by SWalters

logoI’ll be reading with Emily Abendroth (]Exclosures[, Ahshata Press), Brett Fletcher Lauer (A Hotel in Belgium, Four Way Books), and Frances Justine Post (Beast, Augury Books) as part of the Showcase Reading Series.  The Showcase Reading Series features leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase.  See more here:

Summer Readings

June 27th, 2014 by SWalters


New summer reading schedule posted below!  I’ll be reading poems from Troy, Michigan and other new works.

Sunday.  The Franklin Park reading Series at POPSICKLE FIVE, June 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Featuring: Mark Leidner, Spencer Madsen, Wendy S. Walters, Molly Rose Quinn, and Gregory Crosby.

Wednesday.   7pm with Eric Baus, author of the brand-new The Tranquilized Tongue and Karen Weiser at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Dumbo.

Wednesday. Poet’s House, with Emily Abendroth (]Exclosures[, Ahshata Press), Brett Fletcher Lauer (A Hotel in Belgium, Four Way Books), and Frances Justine Post (Beast, Augury Books) @ 7pm.

Futurepoem Party for Troy, Michigan in BK on 5/10 7 to 9 pm

April 1st, 2014 by SWalters

celebration-brooklyn-bridge-new-york-city-wallpapersPlease save the date! A party celebrating the release of my newest collection of poems Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem) will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 7 to 9pm at A Public Space in Brooklyn. Details to follow. Hope to see you there!  You can get the book here.

A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Essay in Public Conference, April 8 at Brown University

March 10th, 2014 by SWalters

I’ll be eip_smallLogohosting a conference next month with Martha Elena Rojas (University of Rhode Island) and Patricia Ybarra (Brown). Essay in Public is a free, one-day conference for publishers, journalists, academics and tech executives to strategize on how to better bring longform and dense content to general audiences.  The conference will be held at Brown University on April 8, 2014.   We are interested in the essay as it manifests in scholarly articles and long-form journalism. During the conference we will talk about how to better reach or create a “humanities audience.”  We will also explore opportunities for existing publications to become more transnational.  For more information, visit essayinpublic.com.

Now Available: Troy, Michigan

November 9th, 2013 by SWalters

My second book of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) is now available through SPD Books.  Please let me know if you are interested in setting up a reading or getting a copy for review.

A note about the book: Troy, Michigan is history and memoir, an elegy for suburbia and a sermon of urban resurrection, an invocation for the value of place and person.

To purchase the book or order for classes, contact SPD Books here.

Golden Motors at Reed College

September 17th, 2013 by SWalters

Golden Motors is a book musical that takes place during the early 1980s in the shadow of a fictional Detroit auto plant. The work has a wide range of interstitial, instrumental music crossing among distinct genres including jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. The score evokes the sounds of the city during the 1980s, and the lyrics capture the struggles of a working class family pinioned by the declining auto industry.  Book by Wendy S. Walters, music by Derek Bermel.  Directed by Johanna McKeon.  Performances of Golden Motors will take place at both 2 and 7 p.m. in the locations specified within the Performing Arts Building. All performances feature Reed students and alumni along with current performing arts faculty members.


The Third Season of First Person Plural Starts September 10

August 16th, 2013 by SWalters

Join us as we listen to works from journalist and novelist Siddhartha Deb, fiction writer Danielle Evans, and biographer and critic Elizabeth Kendall.  We’re also very thrilled to have dancer and choreographer Ashley Byler return to Shrine in Harlem with new work.  Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030.

The event begins with a groovy set by our resident DJ Lady DM at 6:30 pm, followed by the reading 7pm, and a closing set by Lady DM.  For more information, check us out here:

We begin this series by inviting inventive, inspiring writers and artists to showcase work written from a “we” or plural POV.  We don’t know what our writers are going to produce, but we do know that it’s going to be powerful work.

Out of Regiment, a Project in Personal Mapping On Governor’s Island

June 11th, 2013 by SWalters

In a series of seven sessions, invited artists and writers, along with interested members of the public, collaborate in writing on the interior of an out-of-use house on Governors Island.  Writing On It All enacts the physical as well as social nature of writing, with a materialist twist on contemporary conceptual art practice. Just as writers are embodied, so do we write with concrete tools, in and from particular locations with particular histories and functions.  Mindful of this materiality, Writing On It All takes place in an early 20th-Century house that used to serve as senior officer housing when Governors Island was a military base.

Writing On It All puts these ideas and this history into play with a number of poets and visual thinkers, a graffiti artist, and a movement improviser, who will facilitate sessions designed to invite different forms of engagement with the empty old house, from listening to dancing to a range of collaborative writing activities. The project foregrounds process over product, which means that we don’t know quite what to expect, and that our collective focus is on acts of writing rather than on the texts we produce – nevertheless, the house will be available for viewing after each session. Ultimately, the texts themselves are ephemeral; they will be painted over, rinsed or sanded off, and the house restored to its original condition, at the beginning of July.

This is my session.  Come join us:

Out of Regiment, a Project in Personal Mapping
Saturday, June 22, 2013
12:00pm – 3:00 pm
Governor’s Island, NY Harbor

(take the free ferry from lower Manhattan)

To register, click here.

Who protects us?  What does it means to “harbor”?  What ambitions are resolved by the idea of destination?  We will attempt to answer these questions by creating maps of safe spaces that engage key concepts associated with the history of Governor’s Island: isolation, defense, harbor, fortress, and sea.
This session is open to the public and requires registration. Out of Regiment can also be viewed from 3:00-4:00pm on the day of the event and may remain visible for the duration of the month.

Performance and Readings at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center

April 13th, 2013 by SWalters

An Evening of Performance and Readings
The Dream-Life of Words
Saturday, May 18, 5PM-6:30PM
Eyebeam Art+Technology Center
540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011


What is the dream-life of digital words as they lay flat on a screen, quietly acquiescing? Can they be satisfied with the momentary puffs of arranged air or do they want something thicker, heavier?  Do words dream about becoming sheafs of blank paper or a screen marked only by a blinking cursor?  Or do they just want a body of their own?  Do they want your body? Join Wendy S. Walters, Joseph Whitt and Joon Oluchi Lee + Roddy Schrock for an evening of performance and readings exploring the dream-life of words and their electronic lives.

The Dream-Life of Words
Saturday, May 18, 5PM-6:30PM
Eyebeam Art+Technology Center
540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011