Live Reading Events

Join us at our upcoming Zoom reading events. For the registration link, please email Karen Kelsay.


July 20, 2024

2:00–3:30 PM (Mountain Time) | July 20, 2024 (Saturday)

Featured poets: Sarah Russell, Rose Mary Boehm, Jim Landwehr, and Lynne Burnett, winner of the 2023 Women’s Poetry Contest

Guest readers: Anthony DiMatteo, Carolyn Bell, David Anthony Sam, Mary K O’Melveny, Gene Twaronite, Claire Drucker, Gary Grossman, Joyce Meyers, and John W. Bing



Authors published by Kelsay Books are also invited to request to participate as a guest poet in our winter Zoom reading.


December TBD, 2024

What: Biannual reading events

Where: Online through Zoom

When: Time TBD | December TBD, 2024

Who: Four featured readers and ten guest poets

How: Any author published by Kelsay Books may request to participate as a guest poet. Email Karen with the subject “Zoom group reading request.” Include the title of your book, the date it was published, and a link to a short video of your reading a poem.

Afterward, if we enjoy a guest poet’s reading, we may invite them to be a featured later. The featured readers are by unsolicited invitation only.

We help promote your books by including links to the bookstore while you read. A few months before the reading is scheduled, we will confirm that you have been included in the program. The reading will be recorded and posted on the Kelsay Books YouTube channel.


Past Readings


May 18, 2024 | New York

The Parkside Lounge

Two and a half-hour open mic for all Kelsay Books poets


May 14, 2024 | Pennsylvania

Newtown Bookstore

Featured readers include Cheryl Baldi, Shaheen Dil, Carole Croll, VA Smith, and Jane Edna Mohler

20-minute open mic for all Kelsay Books poets


December 9, 2023 | Zoom

Featured poets: Catherine Chandler, Shutta Crum, Margaret Duda, and Neil Creighton

Guest readers: Constance Brewer, Kathleen Mickelson, Jane Muschenetz, S. Salazar, George Perreault, Janet Rives, Victoria Twomey, Katie Dary-Mullins, Lisa Grunberger, and Rodney Torreson


November 4, 2023 | Utah

Pioneer Bookstore

Featured poets: Justin Evans, Maurine Haltiner, Javen Tanner, Steven Peck, Anita Barrows, and David Shaddock

30-minute open mic for all Kelsay Books poets


June 3, 2023 | Zoom

Featured poets: Ann Bookman, Rebecca Brock, Lorraine Henrie Lins, and Majorie Maddox

Guest readers: Laurie Kuntz, Rose Marie Boehm, Lisa St John, Dale Cotttingham, Mark Saba, Peggy Gerber, Peter Crowley, Alfred Encarnacion, and Glen Mazis


May 20, 2023 | New York

The Parkside Lounge

Open mic for all Kelsay Books poets


December 17, 2022 | Zoom

Featured poets: Rita Maria Martinez, Paul Bone, Yasmin Mariam Kloth, and Luke Stromberg

Guest readers: David Ruekberg, Arnie Johnston, Jennifer Freed, Carolyn Clark, Michael Milligan, Jacqueline Jules, Daniel Lusk, Angela Patten, Gene Twaronite, Lee Woodman, John Johnston, Lois Roma-Deeley, and Jeannie Roberts


July 16, 2022 | Zoom

Featured poets: Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas, Patrice Boyer Claeys, Katerina Canyon, Kathleen A Dale

Guest readers: Matthew Johnson, Laura Johnson, Charise M. Hoge, Stephen Anderson, Maggie Mackay, Bruce W. Niedt, Thomas DeFreitas, and Chris O’Carroll


May 21, 2022 | New York

The Parkside Lounge

90-minute open mic for all Kelsay Books poets


May 18, 2022 | Pennsylvania

The Newtown Bookshop

Featured poets: Jane Ebihara, Cheryl Baldi, Charlotte Innes, Kim Malinowski, Jane Edna Mohler, Lynn Fanok, Wendy Fulton Steginsky, Marie Kane, Bernadette McBride, and Constance Wrzesniewski


May 12, 2022 | Vermont

The Putney Library

Featured poets: Tim Mayo, Toni Ortner, Midge Goldberg, and Arlene Distler

15-minute open mic for all Kelsay Books poets