Readings/Speaking Events


All For Love – Poetry Reading (a featured reader)
Details TBA / April 2020
Richmond, VA

AWP Conference (multiple poetry readings)
March 2020
San Antonio, TX

Private Poetry Reading/Talk (Keynote Speaker)
January 2020
Harrisonburg, VA

Music & Poetry Fundraiser (a featured reader)
November 2019
The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA

Confessional Poetry Reading (a featured reader)
Saturday, November 2, 2019
7:00 pm
The Little Grill, Harrisonburg, VA

GOTV Rally at Court Square
Friday, November 1, 2019
5:30 pm
Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA

3rd Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness Vigil (Speaker)
Saturday, September 7, 2019
7:00 pm
Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA

Poetry for Change
(a Featured Reader)
Thursday, May 30, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
Our Community Place, Harrisonburg, VA

3rd Annual 24 Hour Project
Friday, April 12th, 2019
11:20 pm
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA

Women in Focus (Speaker)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
2:30 pm
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA

RAAC Reading Series (Keynote Speaker)
Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:30 pm
Quièvremont Winery, Washington, VA

Mary Oliver Tribute Reading

Friday, March 15, 2019
7:30 pm
150 Franklin Street Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

Bold as Roses: a poetry reading (a featured reader)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:00 pm
The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA

After You Write Your Book
Thursday, December 6, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Massanutten Regional Library, Harrisonburg, VA

Class: Writing: Tell Your Story, Find Your Voice
Thursdays beginning January 24, 2019
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA

Stories, Warnings and Alibis
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
6:30 pm
The Friendly Fermenter, Harrisonburg, VA

Women in Focus: Why We Work & How We Work
Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:00 pm
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA

Nevertheless, She Persisted
Thursday, March 8, 2018
6:00 pm
The Bridge PAI, Charlottesville, VA

First Fridays-Lauren K. Alleyne Poetry Reading
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:00 pm
150 Franklin Street Galley, Harrisonburg, VA

Group Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:30 pm
The Artful Dodger, Harrisonburg, VA

Poetry, Recovery & Finding Hope While Living With a Mental Illness
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Our Community Place, Harrisonburg, VA

Mental Health Awareness talk: not open to the public
Monday, July 3, 2017
Harrisonburg, VA

Virginia Writers Club: Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium (panelist)

Saturday, August 5, 2017
All day
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA

James River Conference

Angela M. Carter (left); Emilia Phillips (middle) -educator, poet and editor; Sofia Starnes, Virginia poet laureate, 2012-2014.

Poetry Reading: S
ymposium – Conversations on Sexual Violence
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

Walk for Hope
Keynote Speaker and Poetry Reading – Walk for Hope
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12pm – 3pm
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Poetry Reading: Take Back the Night
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Grafton-Stovall Hall, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Author Festival (Talk and selling of book)
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Waynesboro Public Library, VA

Speaker (after Broadway play, STET)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Abingdon Theater, Broadway, New York City

International Summit to End Sexual Violence (panelist and poetry performer)
In accordance with the Take Back the Night Foundation
Sunday, July 10, 2016 and Monday, July 11, 2016
two day event
New York City

Virginia Writer’s Symposium: Panelist/reader

Saturday, August 6, 2016
all day event
Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville, VA

Spoken Word Performance (Music show)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Little Grill Collective, Harrisonburg, VA

Ideas to Inspire: a keynote speaker
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time TBA
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA

This is r evolution (a featured artist)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
7pm-11pm (open mic to follow featured artists)
The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA


Reader: The Bridgewater International Poetry Festival
Saturday, January 14, 2017 (Room E)
Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA

Reader: Ever Thus to Tyrants
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Little Grill, Harrisonburg, VA

Reader: Hot Pillow III
Thursday, February 9, 2017 (Cullen Room)
Busboys & Poets, Washington DC

Reader: Guest Author 
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Private meeting
Harrisonburg, VA

Featured reader: April 11th

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Hotel Appalachia, Harrisonburg, VA

Nasty Women: a poetry reading
Reading with poets Patricia Asuncion and Cynthia Atkins 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Bridge, Charlottesville, VA

TOUCHED WITH FIRE: reading, and Q&A,
in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month
Reading with poet Cynthia Atkins 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Pale Fire Brewery, Harrisonburg, VA

A featured performer: This is My Brave
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Keegan Theatre, Washington DC
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Prior to 2016:

James River Writer’s Conference (panelist and reader)
Panels: Make Your Words Count & To MFA or to Not MFA
Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th
Richmond, VA

Poetry Reading: Featured Reader
Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Firehouse Theater, Richmond, VA 

Storytellers: Reading/Storytelling
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The Artful Dodger, Harrisonburg, VA 

Featured Reader (Tribute to Anne Sexton)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA

Class Guest Speaker: Private event
February 24, 2016
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Poetry Reading – On the Road Collaborative Variety Show
(Collaboration with DJ Ryan Clark and Luke Holloran)
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA


The 24 Hour Project: Spoken Word Reading (accompanied by musician Blake Cramer)
Event takes place Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19, 2016
Angela’s performance time: March 19th, 2:15pm
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA



Tribute to Frank O’hara
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Golden Pony, Harrisonburg, VA


Poetry for Change: four slam / spoken word poets perform in honor of social justice
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Artful Dodger, Harrisonburg, VA

Touched with Fire: Group Reading
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Books & Co.
Lexington, VA

From left, poets Angela M. Carter, Cynthia Atkins and Leah Green at Touched With Fire reading. Lexington, VA. April 2015.

From left, poets Angela M. Carter, Cynthia Atkins and Leah Green at Touched With Fire reading. Lexington, VA. April 2015.


Reading: Poetry Event (TBA)
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 1pm
Harrisonburg, VA

Monthly Poetry Share
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Handley Library (Benham Room), Winchester, VA

Commencement Speaker
Friday, June 5, 2015
Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia campus, Emporia, VA

Collaborative Art Show with Cara Zimmerman Walton

Friday, June 5th
Ruby’s, Harrisonburg, VA

Reading at Richmond Public Library
Saturday, June 6th
Richmond, VA

Busboys and Poets (Featured reader at Shirlington)
Featured performer
Monday, March 30, 2015
Arlington, VA

Waynesboro, VA Author Festival

Saturday, March 7, 2015
1pm-4pm, free
Waynesboro Library
Waynesboro, VA

Spring Reading Series (At the Inkwell)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
KGB Bar & Lit Journal, New York City, NY

Blue Ridge Community College Reading: Woman’s History Month
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Weyers Cave, VA

The Bridgewater International Poetry Festival
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11am
Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA

Headlining at Rapunzel’s Books and Coffee
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Lovingston, VA

24 Hour Project
Poetry Reading
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Harrisonburg, VA

City Lit Rag: Issue 2 Launch Party–POSTPONED
December 20, 2014, 7pm-9pm
KGB Bar & Lit Journal, New York City, NY

Reading Poetry with authors, Matthew Hammilton and Michael Trocchia
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Chop Suey Books

Wed., October 8th, 2014, 6pm
Black Swan Books
Staunton, VA

Rocktown Poetry Circle
(Angela M. Carter is co-hosting)
Wed.,  October 15th, 2014, 6pm
Rubys Lounge, Harrisonburg, VA

Private Event
October 19, 2014
Staunton, VA

Rocktown Poetry Circle: three local authors read (book signing to follow readings)
(Angela M. Carter is co-hosting)
Wed.,  September 17, 2014, 6pm
Greenberrys Coffee, Harrisonburg, VA

Private speaking engagement.
September 19th.
Harrisonburg, VA

Book Reading, Discussion and Signing
Additional Article
Wednesday, September 24th
12 noon – Talk with students
6pm – Talk with the public
Southside Virginia Community College, Alberta, VA

Guest Speaking for Martha Woodroof’s Book Launch, Small Blessings
Reading, introduction, books available for sale
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6pm
Massanutten Regional Library, Harrisonburg, VAReading from Memory Chose a Woman’s Body

Friday, July 18th, 8pm
Rapunzels Books and Coffee, Nelson County, VA

WMRA’s The Spark
Radio Interview
Week of June 30th

Speaking Engagement: How I Became Real (based on the Velveteen Rabbit Book)
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Unitarian Universalist, Harrisonburg, VA

Your Life as a Story: Two Authors Share How They Transform Personal Memories into Art
Angela M. Carter (Memory Chose a Woman’s Body)
Shirley Hershey Showalter (Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World)
June 30, 2014, 1pm
Massanutten Regional Library
Harrisonburg, VA

SWAG Reading
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Black Swan Books, Staunton, VA

Somewhere I am a Bird:
Book Launch of Memory Chose a Woman’s Body by Angela M. Carter
Photography, based on themes from the book, by Brandy Somers Photography
Live music by Shenandoah Alley
June 6, 2014, 5-8pm, Reading at 6:15pm
Spitzer Art Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Art Opening: Poetic (in celebration of National Poetry Month)
Friday, April 3, 2015
5pm-8pm (short poetry reading, featuring several readers, will begin at approximately 6pm)
Three Knotch’d Brewery
Harrisonburg, VA

National Poetry Month: Four Poets Featured (reader and coordinator)

Monday, April 6, 2015
Massanutten Regional Library
Harrisonburg, VA
Speaking on the importance of self-awareness of
your old, present and new self. (Letter to Self Project)
May 17, 2014, 12:30-1pm, Strasburg, VA

Collins Center Forum: Campaign Launch
May 7, 2014, 7pm
During the event, Angela will read poetry and the new campaign video, featuring a poem by Angela M. Carter, will be premiered.
Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA

Book Reading: Private event
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Bridgewater College

On The Road Collective: Fundraiser/variety show

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Court Square Theater
Harrisonburg, VA


SWAG reading

SWAG Open Mic
April 9, 2014, 6pm
Black Swan Books, Staunton, VA



Allen Chapel Fundraiser
March 8, 2014
Staunton, VA

Poetry Circle Flyer 2014WEB (1)
Rocktown Poetry Circle

February 19, 2014 6:00pm
Greenberrys Coffee, Harrisonburg, VA

24 Hour Project

The 24 Hour Project

January 24-25, 2013, 8:00pm
Court Square Theatre, Harrisonburg, VA


Tribute to Emily Dickinson

December 10, 2013
The Blue Nile, Harrisonburg, VA

Bridgewater Sign

International Poetry Festival

January 17-20, 2013 Bridgewater, VA

Illustration of T.S. Elliot

Tribute to T.S. Eliot

April 29, 2013 Harrisonburg, VA

Seamus Heaney

The Spirit Level: A Humble Tribute to Seamus Heaney

September 23, 2013 Harrisonburg, VA


S.W.A.G. Meeting

September 2013Staunton, VA

jmu reading

Poetry and Place series

November 13, 2013 James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA