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June 6-9, 2018 | West Chester Poetry Conference

January 12-15, 2018 | Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

August 16-26, 2017 | Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

July 18-30, 2017 | Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Featured poet as the 2017 Mona Van Duyn scholar.

June 7-10, 2017 | 22nd Annual West Chester Poetry Conference 

Wednesday June 7, 10:00-11:30 am: First Books Panel chaired by Wendy Sloan and Quincy Lehr, with featured authors Austin Allen, Kevin Cutrer, Charlotte Innes, Annie Kim, & Dawn Manning.

Saturday June 10, 3:15-4:45 pm: Iron Haiku Chef Competition at the Poetry House hosted by Anna Yin, featuring judge Dawn Manning.

April 1, 2017 at 9 AM | LitLife Poetry Festival 

A full day of poetry workshops and panels at Rosemont College. Join me for this compelling discussion on imagery:

10:15 AM     Panel: Creating Images in Poetry (moderator: Dawn Manning)

Panelists will discuss how to create resonant images in your writing. The principles of Japanese poetics, particularly through the tanka form (and by extension haiku), will be discussed.

December 4, 2016 at 8 PM | Poetry at P&P

Dawn Manning, Ernest Hilbert, & Luke Stromberg will be the featured poets at the nation’s oldest press club, followed by an open mic.

The Pen & Pencil Club is normally ‘members only’ so if you’ve always wanted to check it out, now’s your chance. To gain admittance into the club, you must knock on the inside door to have someone let you in. There is a camera that allows the bar tender to see you if you are waiting, but if he is serving customers or otherwise occupied, it may take a few minutes for him to get to the door.

June 8-11, 2016 | 21st Annual West Chester Poetry Conference: Exploring Form and Narrative

Postcards from the Dead Letter Office will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore in room 141 of the Swope Performing Arts Center.

Thursday June 9, 3:15-4:30 PM: I’ll be reading at the Participant Readings held at the Poetry House.

April 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM | National Poetry Month Kick-Off Party

Poets, poetry games, and fun at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore! Featuring Dawn Manning, Anne-Adele Wight, & Eliza Callard!

March 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 21st Annual Poets & Writers Festival at CCP

Poets Tim Seibles & Dawn Manning: Looking Closely – How Poets Expand the World through Image.  Join these two poets for a reading and discussion on how poems help us see the world in new ways. Open to the community. Poets and non-poets welcome!

March 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM | PBQ Presents: Dawn Manning, Kelly McQuain, Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton, & John Timpane

Pints and poetry at the Black Sheep Pub.

March 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM | Postcards from the Dead Letter Office Book Launch Cocktail Party

Join us at the Dead Letter Office for cocktails and light fare to celebrate the release of Dawn’s poetry collection, Postcards from the Dead Letter Office.

February 28, 2016 | Official Book Release

Postcards from the Dead Letter is officially released into the wild. Order one through this site and I will write nice things to you.

December 28, 2015-January 1, 2016 | The Hands On Literary Festival & Masquerade Ball: The Politics and Power of Place and Space

Here my schedule for this year’s festival. Hope to see you there!


11:15 AM     Panel: Tanka of Place


11:30 AM     Panel: Journeys of No Return: Writing in the Voices of Other Places and Spaces

5pm     Book Launch and Featured Reading: Book Launch/Reading for A House Made of Stars, by Tawnysha Greene, Postcards from the Dead Letter Office, by Dawn Manning, and The Melting Season, by Ira Sukrungruang

October 24, 2015 | Feats of Poetic Strength VI

I will be reading alongside Annie Won, Sandra Beasley, and Sheila Squillante. The reading is FREE, but you are encouraged to bring a donation for our beneficiary, Women Organized Against Rape. The reading will take place from 7 to 9pm at the Brandywine Workshop & Archives (728 S Broad St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146).

October 18, 2015 | Tanka Sunday 2015

Registration is FREE for this event featuring all things tanka in Albany, NY. Join the Tanka Society of America to hear, read, and write tanka. I will be participating in the evening reading by the Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest winners. All levels of experience welcome!

September 18-20, 2015 | SIBA!

Come by the Burlesque Press table and say hello!

February 26-March 1, 2014 | AWP Seattle

Burlesque Press table

December 2013 | The Hands On Literary Festival and Maquerade Ball

Panelist: Behind the Mask: Persona Poetry (fellow panelists: Kate Fox & John Gery)

Poetry reading alongside Kate Fox and Maurice Ruffin

April 21, 2013 at 7 PM | Poets at the Shubin

Celebrate Poetry Month at the Shubin Theater this coming Sunday evening!
FREE night of wonderful poetry at the Shubin April Fest! Join us to enjoy our featured readers, Tree Riesener, Kelly McQuain, Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Valerie Fox, Dawn Manning and Nissa Lee.

February 2013 | The San Miguel Writer’s Conference

Fellowship recipient