Events

Jennifer enjoys reading, speaking, doing book signings, facilitating bookclub discussions, and giving workshops. To do this fun work, she has traveled to diverse locations, such as universities, schools, homes, libraries, senior centers, bookstores, dog parks, churches, festivals, and even a water reclamation treatment plant.

If you’re a bookstore owner, librarian, member of a bookclub, or other lover of words, contact Jennifer today about scheduling an event by clicking here.

2019

Thursday, June 6th, 2019 // 10 to 12 noon
Elderwise, Red Cross building, Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Johnny Appleseed: The Slice & Times of John Chapman”
Registration required prior to attending this two hour presentation

2018

Tuesday, November 14th, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library, Downtown
Friends of Poetry reading: “Can Poetry Be Funny?”

Saturday, November 10, 2018 // noon – 3 p.m.
Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
Author Hop 2018: signings, minglings, refreshments, books

Thursday, November 8, 2018 // 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
Johnny Appleseed, Jennifer Clark & Friends

Thursday, October 18, 2018 // 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Centerpoint City Church, 326 Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI
Cancer Hope Connections group
Guest speaker on the healing benefits of writing

Saturday, October 13, 2018 // noon – 3 p.m.
Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI
Author Hop: signings, minglings, refreshments, books

Thursday, October 11, 2018 // 7 p.m.
Zhang Legacy Center, 1650 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
A Reading with Bob Post

Sunday, October 7, 2018 // 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
The History Center, 302 East Berry St, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series
Johnny Appleseed Lecture, followed by book signing

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 // 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Oshtemo Branch of Kalamazoo Public Library, Community Room
“The Art of the Essay,” a workshop geared for grades 9 through 12
Free, but please register in advance.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 // 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Wyndham at Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
Johnny Appleseed Talk/Reading

Thursday, September 6, 2018 // noon
Webster Memorial Library, 200 North Phelps Street, Decatur, MI
Decatur Women’s Group
Johnny Appleseed Talk/Reading

Monday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 13, 2018 // 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
College of Health and Human Services, Western Michigan University
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s summer semester
“Yes, Virginia, There is a Johnny Appleseed.” Using sketches, portraits and maps, along with stories and poems, we’ll peel back the Appleseed myth, revealing the real John and the lives of those who have been dismissed from the Appleseed narrative: women and people of color.
Must register in advance here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 // 4 – 5:30 p.m.
One Well Brewing, 4213 Portage St., Kalamazoo, Michigan
Book launch for Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman
Michigan News Agency will be selling the book. With purchase of a book, and while supplies last, enjoy a sample of apple dessert made from apples that grew from the seedling of the last known surviving apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed!

Saturday, April 7, 2018 // 9 a.m.
Saginaw Country Club, 4465 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, Michigan
Poetry & Kindness Workshop as part of Poetry Society of Michigan’s Spring Meeting
Hosted by the River Junction Poets

Monday, March 12, 2018 // 8:30 a.m. – noon
Woodward School for Technology & Research, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Kalamazoo & Kindness” Classroom Poetry Workshops

Saturday, January 13th 2018 // 10 – 10:50 a.m. and 11 to 11:50a.m.
Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University
MLK Workshop: “The Courage to Create” with Elizabeth Kerlikowske & Jennifer Clark
Open to 7 – 12th graders in Kalamazoo Public Schools & surrounding school districts

2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017 // 2-4 p.m.
Portage District Library, 300 Library Lane, Portage, Michigan
Fourth Annual Author Expo

Saturday, December 9, 2017 // 1-2:30 p.m.
Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Author Hop

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 // 12:15 a.m.
Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Let Nature be Your Muse” Classroom Poetry Workshop

Saturday, November 11, 2017 // 7 p.m.
KBAC Gallery, Park Trades Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Michael Dunn: Drawing on Words.” Poets respond to artist’s work. Dunn’s drawings and the poems on display at Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, November 3-24.

Friday, November 3, 2017 // 3 p.m.
Friendship Village, 1400 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Talk: “Behind the Scenes & Lessons Learned in the Making of Immigration Anthology”

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 // 7 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library, Downtown
Friends of Poetry reading: “Can Poetry be Funny?”

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 // 10:30 a.m.
Parkwood Upjohn Elementary School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Classroom Poetry Workshop

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 // 7 p.m.
Bernhard Center, Brown & Gold Room, Western Michigan University
“Immigrant to Neighbor: Journeying Through Hope & Fear”
Reading and discussion in collaboration with WMU Center for the Study of Ethics & Society

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 // 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Oshtemo Branch of Kalamazoo Public Library, Community Room
“The Art of the Essay,” a workshop geared for grades 9 through 12
Free, but please register in advance here.

Friday, September 29th, 2017 // noon
National JFON Roundtable in Detroit, Michigan
Co-editors Jennifer Clark & Miriam Downey present on “The Immigration Anthology Project”

Thursday, September 21th, 2017 // 4:30 to 5:30 a.m.
Alma Powell Branch of Kalamazoo Public Library, Barnabee Gallery
“The Art of the Essay,” a workshop geared for grades 9 through 12
Free, but please register in advance here.

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 // 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Eastwood Branch of Kalamazoo Public Library, Community Room
“The Art of the Essay,” a workshop geared for grades 9 through 12
Free, but please register in advance here.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 // 10 a.m.
FUMC, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Guest facilitator for bookclub discussion of anthology: Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors

Friday, June 16th, 2017 // 6:30 p.m.
Koning-Micro Cinema@Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters 2017 Writers Squared Series
“I, Too, Am Michigan” Voices of the Immigrant Experience
A reading & conversation, with Dunya Mikhail, Jennifer Clark, & Hedy Habra

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 // 10 to 12 noon
Elderwise, Red Cross building, Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Writing Our Way to Kindness” workshop

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 // 5:30 p.m.
Bookbug, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Bookbug presents: Immigrant Voices
Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors, a reading with contributors

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 // 6:30 p.m.
Meadow Run Dog Park, Oshtemo, Michigan
“Dog & Poetry Show,” a benefit for the Kalamazoo Humane Society
along with Mark Nepo, Gail Martin, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Kathleen McGookey, Lynn Pattison, Margaret DeRitter, & Kit Almy

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 // 6:30 p.m.
Arcus Center for Social Justice, on the campus of Kalamazoo College
Launch of anthology, Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 // 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Woods Lake Elementary School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Classroom Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 // 7 p.m.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Poetry Reading with Jennifer Clark & Alise Alousi

Saturday, January 14th 2017 // 10 – 10:50 a.m. and 11 to 11:50a.m.
Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University
MLK Workshop: “The Courage to Create” with Elizabeth Kerlikowske & Jennifer Clark
Open to 7 – 12th graders in Kalamazoo Public Schools & surrounding school districts

Some past events

Mondays, December 12th & 19th, 2016 // 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Arcadia Elementary School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Dear Country” poetry workshops with 4th and 5th graders

Monday, December 5th, 2016 // 9:30 a.m.
King-Westwood Elementary School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Classroom Poetry Workshop

Sundays, November 27th through December 11, 2016 // 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“I Prepare My Heart for the Manger: Reflecting on Advent through Poetry”
Through poetry, we will reflect on the advent themes of waiting, noticing, preparing, wondering, & journeying. Be prepared to write. No prior poetry experience necessary.

Friday, November 15th, 2016 // 9 to 3:30 p.m.
Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University
2016 Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar
Featured speakers are Naomi Shihab Nye, Jennifer Clark, and Ed Spicer

Monday, October 26th, 2016 // 4 p.m.
CIS After School, Woods Lake Elementary School
“I Am an Instrument of Kindness,” a writing workshop with Kalamazoo Kids in Tune

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 // 7 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library
Friends of Poetry reading: “Can Poetry be Funny?”
Local poets reading their work: Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jennifer Clark, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Kit Almy, Lynn Pattison, Janet Heller, Elizabeth Clem, Marion Boyer, and Deborah Gang.

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 // 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library
“The Art of the Essay,” a workshop geared for grades 9 through 12

Sunday, July 31st, 2016 // 2 to 3 p.m.
New York City Poetry Festival
Reading on Governor’s Island, the Algonquin stage
Featured poets include Susan Deer Cloud, Michael Czarnecki, Mariko Kitakubo, Deborah Kolodji, Joan Siegel, Jennifer Clark, David Giver, Teresa Mei Chuc, Doren Damico, Drew Dillhunt, Emily Johnston, Kathabela & Rick Wilson, and George Wallace.

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 // 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Poets House, New York City
“Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective, a reading with poets from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean”
Featured poets include Susan Deer Cloud, Michael Czarnecki, Heather H. Thomas, Mariko Kitakubo, Deborah Kolodji, Joan Siegel, Jennifer Clark, David Giver, Teresa Mei Chuc, Drew Dillhunt, Emily Johnston, Doren Damico, R.G. Evans, CX Dillhunt, Kathabela & Rick Wilson, George Wallace, Alan Casline, and Alifair Skebe.

Monday, July 25th, 2016 // 9 a.m.
CIS Think Summer!, Prairie Ridge Elementary School
Poetry Workshop with Kalamazoo Kids in Tune

Monday, May 23rd, 2016 // 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Love Letters to Ourselves: Writing Our Way Into Empowerment,” a workshop for young women

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 // 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo Poetry Festival
“Unlocking the Poet Within: A Workshop for Teens”

Friday, April 15th, 2016 // 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Wellspring Theater, downtown Kalamazoo
Poetry Reading by Kalamazoo Poetry Festival Workshop Leaders
Jennifer Clark, Margaret DeRitter, Jane Huffman, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Gail Martin, Kathleen McGookey, Fable, Preacher, & McKenzie Lynn Tozan.

Friday, April 15th, 2016 // 1 to 2 p.m.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, downtown campus
Kalamazoo Poetry Festival
“Give Us This Day Our Daily Poetry: Reading & Writing Poems as Spiritual Practice”
with Jennifer Clark & Margaret DeRitter

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 // 10 a.m. to 11:30
FUMC, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“I Will Bring My Heart to the Manger: Reflecting on Christmas through Poetry”

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 // 9:30 a.m.
FUMC, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Poetry & Spirituality,” a presentation for Anna’s Circle

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 // 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library
Friends of Poetry reading: “Can Poetry Be Funny?”
Local poets reading their work: Susan Blackwell Ramsey, Hedy Habra, Jennifer Clark, Margaret DeRitter, Donna McClurken, Kit Almy, and Lynn Pattison.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 // 3 p.m.
Dog Ears Books, Northport, Michigan
Reading from Necessary Clearings, discussion & book signing follows

Friday, April 10th, 2015 // 7:30 p.m.
Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective: a poetry reading & celebration

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 // 6:30 p.m.
WMU Center for the Humanities, campus of Western Michigan University
MLK Courage to Create Reading & Reception

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 // 7 p.m.
FUMC, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Poetry & Spirituality,” a presentation for Ruth’s Circle

Saturday, January 15th, 2015 // 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 / 11:25 to 12:25 p.m.
Western Michigan University Bernhard Center, Room 208
MLK event: “Courage To Create: Writers and Writing for Social Justice”

Friday, December 5th, 2014 // 7 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library
Friends of Poetry Art Hop Reading

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 // 7 -8 p.m.
Port Austin Library, Port Austin, Michigan
Reading with Bards of Bird Creek

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 // 6:00 p.m.
Michigan News Agency, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Reading from Necessary Clearings, discussion & book signing follows

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 // 1:30 p.m.
Friendship Village, Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Poetry Reading & Writing as Spiritual Practice”

Contact Jennifer today about scheduling an event by clicking here.