Upcoming Readings & Recent Events


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Thank you for visiting. See below for upcoming events and check back often. To book a reading or talk, please contact me.










You are cordially invited to:

Pauletta presents:
A pop-up reading of poetry and prose
From our August zoom classes

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

7-9 pm

Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84263101835 to join

This summer we gathered in community in front of our own screens to write and share. You are cordially invited to join us from the comfort and safety of your own home for a celebratory reading of our work! The Zoom room will open at 6:45 pm. Not familiar with Zoom? Check out this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQQ or another of your choice.

Hosted by Pauletta Hansel, facilitator of the August Zoom Classes, A Formal Feeling Comes (Poetry); Writing Close to the Bone (Memoir); and How to Read a Poem. Readers include:

Grace Curtis
John Cruze
Roberta Schultz
Pamela Martino
Eileen Trauth
Susan Scardina
Linda Busken Jergens
Mary Hennigan
Greg Friedman
Bonnie Proudfoot
Nancy D’Aquila
Terri Alekxander
Shei Sanchez
Laurel Chambers
Naomi Gerwin
Susan Emerson
Carolyn Brookbank
Anne Cahill
Chris Williams
Lucretia Voigt
Gail Silver
Connie Kinsey
Pamela Campbell
Vincent Scot

See you there!

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Indianapolis Public Library
Sunday, August 18, 2019 – 2:00 pm
Union Avenue Books
517 Union Ave.
KnoxvilleTN 37902


This summer, the Ohio Poetry Association is pleased to partner with the Ohio State Fair and invite you to venture to Columbus for the Ohio Poetry Showcase. Poets from throughout the state will convene at the Cox Fine Arts Center for an afternoon of poetry, capped by an evening reading by Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas. The free event will also feature some of Ohio’s student winners in the annual Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).

The afternoon begins with the Ohio Poetry Out Loud reading, emceed by Chiquita Mullins Lee (OAC). Then, some of Ohio’s finest poets take the stage for a reading emceed by Fred Andrle. Featured poets: Geoff Anderson, John Burroughs, Cathryn Essinger, Barbara Fant, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Pauletta Hansel, Furaha Henry-Jones, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Susann Möeller, Karen Schubert, and Kerry Jensen Trautman. Finally, Dave Lucas will bring the evening to a close.

Thursday, August 1

Ohio State Expo Center
Cox Fine Arts Center*
717 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

2:00–3:30 PM Poetry Out Loud Student Reading
3:30–6:30 PM Ohio Poetry Showcase (Me at approximately 4:30 pm!)
6:30–7:00 PM Dinner Break
7:00–8:00 PM Dave Lucas Reading

*The Cox Fine Arts Center is at the south end of the fairgrounds, near the OHIO Gate entrance.

The Ohio State Fair runs July 24–August 4. Admission to the Ohio Poetry Showcase is free with a paid State Fair admission ticket. For directions, parking, and ticket information, visit the Ohio State Fair website at ohiostatefair.com or call 888-OHO-EXPO (888-646-3976).


A Reading with Ellen Austin-Li and Pauletta Hansel

Details at https://festivallcharleston.com/events/feminine-rising-reading

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM
River Valley Winery
1279 Mound Hill Rd, Carrollton, Kentucky 41008

Readers will be Pauletta Hansel, Leatha Kendrick, Sherry Chandler, and Karen George.

Music by Jimmy Mundane. Admission free and open to the public. Snacks and a cash bar. https://www.rivervalleywinery.com/

“Talking Burley” is Sherry Chandler’s third full-length collection of poetry. Her work has appeared in “The Cortland Review,” “The Louisville Review,” “Kestrel,” and many others. She was picked for the Editor’s Choice award for the initial issue of “Waypoints.” She has had support from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Karen George is author of five chapbooks, and two collections, “Swim Your Way Back” (2014) and “A Map and One Year” (2018). She reviews poetry at Poetry Matters blog, and is fiction editor of the journal, “Waypoints.” A retired computer programmer, she enjoys photography and visiting museums, river towns, mountains, and gardens.

Pauletta Hansel is author of seven poetry collections, including “Coal Town Photograph” (Dos Madres Press, 2019) and “Palindrome” (Dos Madres Press, 2017), winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award. Pauletta was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate (2016- 2018) and is editor of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative’s journal, “Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel.”

Leatha Kendrick is the author of four poetry collections, including “Almanac of the Invisible” (Larkspur Press, 2014). New poems appear in “Tar River Poetry,” “Southern Poetry Review,” “New Madrid Review,” and elsewhere. Recent awards for poetry include prizes from “Passager,” the International Women Writers Guild, and the Pat Schneider Poetry Contest.

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Urban Appalachian Voices



Fountain Square Poetry Series
Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:30-7:30
Fountain Square Mall atrium, Bloomington Indiana
Pauletta Hansel
Jelani Ince
Maurisa Li-A-Ping
Lisa Low
Musician: Brandon Pfeiffer

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:30 PM  9:30 PM

Chase Public

2868 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45225

Chase Public is pleased to invite you to join us for readings from a roster of poets with work available from Dos Madres Press – Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Pettit.


Poetry Reading at the North Avondale Neighborhood Association’s Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 6, 3 pm

The New School, 3 Burtun Woods Lane


April WCR Open Mic Event with Pauletta Hansel and Eugene Johnson

Monday, April 16 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Empire Books & News
30 Pullman Sq, Huntington, West Virginia 25701

The April Writers Can Read Open Mic night welcomes Weatherford Award-winning poet Pauletta Hansel and graphic novelist Eugene Johnson as featured readers. Each member of the audience is invited to share a 7-9 minute piece of a completed work or work-in-progress with the audience after the featured readers portion of the event. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

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Monday, March 12 at 6 PM – 8 PM, Inkwell Open Mic Featuring Pauletta Hansel, Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St, (Northside)— Check out the Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/341977436305417/


Artistry of Women Street Fair on Saturday, March 10 at The Sanctuary, 2110 St. Michael Street, Lower Price Hill is offering two free literary events, a reading and a workshop (with a MUSE concert in between!) Food trucks all day long!

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.—What She Said—Join writers Luz Villeda, Gwyneth Stewart, Karen George, Desirae Hosley, Kate Fadick and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for a  reading of their work.

(4:00 -5:00 p.m. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir Concerts, Tickets for $15                              are available online here: https://form.jotform.com/80073489184160)

5:30-6:30 pm—She Persists: An Intergenerational Writing Workshop— Women and girls of all ages are invited to join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel to write and hear each other’s stories of women’s wisdom and strength.


October 31, 2017

 Word of Mouth Cincinnati, a literary event consisting of both an Open Mic and a Feature Performance, continues its fourth season on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at MOTR Pub.

Our featured readers on October 31, 2017 are Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel.

Richard Hague is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, most recently Studied Days: Poems Early and Late in Appalachia (Dos Madres Press, 2017), which explores the geographical, cultural, social and artistic contexts of his Appalachian life. Dick taught for forty-five years at an inner-city high school in Cincinnati, and is now Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College.

Pauletta Hansel is Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate. Her most recent book is Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017), a collection of poems and prose pieces written in response to her mother’s dementia. Pauletta is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.

Publication of both Studied Days and Palindrome were funded in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

Word of Mouth Cincinnati, which began in January 2014, is co-hosted by fellow writers Jim Palmarini and Mark Flanigan. It was founded in memory of the late Aralee Strange who, after many years living, writing and producing work in the Cincinnati area, moved to Athens, Georgia where she co-founded Athens Word of Mouth.

WoMC is an intentional arc of both past and future utterance, inspired by our most revered voice, with a nod to her Athens, GA compatriots. Word of Mouth asks poets to Show Up, Mouth Off and Pay Attention.

Admission to Word of Mouth Cincinnati is free and open to all ages, although some content may contain adult themes and language. MOTR Pub 1345 Main Street Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Cincy Stories

My first foray into storytelling! (I’ll read a poem, too.) Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 7 pm MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street.


May 18: Urban Appalachian Writers/Poets Reading and Discussion

The Center for Great Neighborhoods, 321 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/12th Street, Covington, Ky., 41011.. Program begins at 7 p.m. and is scheduled for 90 minutes. Come early (6:45 p.m.) for coffee and snacks.

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are home to many residents whose family roots reach into Appalachia. Those ties have created a vibrant culture of urban Appalachian artists. Four poets active in this local circle will read and discuss their work at this community event. We’ll hear from Scott Goebel; Richard Hague; Pauletta Hansel; and Sherry Cook Stanforth. Learn more about the artists and RSVP at: https://urbanpoets.eventbrite.com.

Sponsored by NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, the Friends of Steely Library, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, the Kentucky Humanities Councils, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and the Behringer Crawford Museum.



Wednesday, April 19, 7 pm– Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and poets in her From Draft to Craft class–  Visiting Authors Series — Joseph Beth Booksellers — Crestview Hills, KY. Enjoy short literary readings from local authors in an intimate setting. A wonderful way to meet other creative people and to be inspired in your own work.


Palindrome: Poems of My Mother by Pauletta Hansel
Sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition
Lydia’s on Ludlow
329 Ludlow Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

First Thursday Urban Appalachian Literary Salon
Thursday, April 6, 7-9 pm

Palindrome is a forthcoming poetry collection by Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel written in response to her mother’s dementia. The story of two generations of Appalachian women in flux, Palindrome considers the changeability of memory and time and the shared loss of identity as the mother/daughter relationship alters in such a profound way. Poems include those crafted from the mother’s handwritten memoirs describing, among other things, her early years in eastern Kentucky, as well as the poet’s own experience as caregiver. A discussion of poetry as a tool for both documenting what was and understanding what is will follow the reading.

Note: Come early for a good seat, and to order locally-sourced, organic food, coffee, tea and craft cocktails at Lydia’s on Ludlow (Om Eco Café).

For information about the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and its Urban Appalachian Literary Salon visit http://uacvoice.org/.

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Registration for the workshop and more information here.








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Poetry Reading
Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave #4, Cincinnati OH, 45223
Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Chase Public is proud to host Jeremy Paden and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel editors, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, Michael Henson and Sherry Cook Stanforth.

Poet and translator Jeremy Paden’s newest books are ruina montium (Broadstone Books, 2016)) and Delicate Matters (Winged City Press, 2016), a book of translations. Jeremy, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, was born in Milan, Italy and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a contributor to Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel’s current issue, Volume 19: Appalachia Under Thirty.

Jeremy will be joined by Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel editors Richard Hague, author of fifteen poetry collections including During the Recent Extinctions; Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati Poet Laureate; Michael Henson, whose most recent work is A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind and Other Stories; and Sherry Cook Stanforth, Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program Director and author of Drone String.

Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project
with the City’s Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30 am-1:00 pm
The Mercantile Library

This is not your grandpa’s sonnet. You don’t even have to rhyme. Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel invites you to join her for a literary walk around the neighborhood—in this case Cincinnati’s downtown—writing as you go. Eight blocks equals eight lines—each roughly ten syllables, roughly iambic—inspired by what you encounter, and then for the “volta” (Italian for “turn”) you will literally turn, walking and writing for six blocks back, having made notes for a poem that leaves you in a slightly different place than you began—as all good literature will do. Participants will gather back at Mercantile for sharing their first draft sonnets.

We will begin at 10:30 am at the Mercantile Library for some examples of sonnets and conversation about the process. Then participants will go singly or in pairs or groups for about an hour’s worth of strolling and writing in whatever direction you choose. Sharing will happen around noon or when all have returned—whatever comes first! All ages and experience levels are welcome; youth under 16 should be accompanied by an adult for the walk. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes for the weather, and bring a pen and small notebook, plus a brown bag lunch, if you choose. www.mercantilelibrary.com

Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Festival


Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel will present a writing workshop, participate in panels and showcase her books at this annual day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, featuring national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings; panel discussions; and activities for the entire family.

11-11:20 am
Poetry Reading with Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate
Pavilion Stage, Cincinnati Convention Center

1:30-2:20 pm
Finding Your Voice Panel (with Thom Atkinson and Jeff Hillard)
Cincinnati Public Library, Room 207/208

ExpressA Creative Writing Exchange with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Mercantile Library of Cincinnati —  414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6 – 9 p.m. at 1569 Chase Avenue (Northside)

This is not your grandpa’s sonnet. You don’t even have to rhyme. Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel invites you to join her for a literary walk around the neighborhood—in this case Chase Public’s Northside Neighborhood—writing as you go. Eight blocks equals eight lines—each roughly ten syllables, roughly iambic—inspired by what you encounter, and then for the “volta” you will literally turn, walking and writing for six blocks back, finally scurrying on home to Chase Public to share your rough draft sonnet. Pauletta envisions taking the Cincinnati Walking Sonnet Project to as many neighborhoods as there are poets who will participate. Ultimately, the poems will be shared on the Poet Laureate webpage (if you choose) and elsewhere throughout the actual and virtual community.

An Evening with Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel

Sunday, August 14, 6:00-7:30 pm


Practice of Poetry Reading

Poets Gail BellamyJeanne Bryner and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel Poetry Reading at MacsBacks Books on Coventry, Cleveland OH, July 23, 7-8pm

 Reading for the Common Good, The Hive July 13, 7 pm

Chase Public Response Project XI – “Union Terminal” Insights Lecture

June 16, 2016, 7 pm

Pauletta Hansel And Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Literary Reading

Wild Fig Books

Lexington Kentucky

Sunday, June 26, 3 pm


MW Poetry Reading 2016




Practice of Poetry Reading

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