Mary Biddinger enjoys traveling to read poems and lecture on topics such as poetry writing, creative writing pedagogy, literary publishing, and editing book length poetry collections.

For reading or speaking queries, contact “poetry at uakron dot edu.” University profile may be found here.

Thursday, 25 October 2018
Crazyhorse Reading Series
7:00 pm, Alumni Center, College of Charleston

Saturday, 5 October 2018
Release party reading for the They Said anthology
7:30 pm, Visible Voice Books, Cleveland

Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series
7:00 pm, Lakewood Main Library Auditorium
featuring Mary Biddinger, Caryl Pagel and Michelle R. Smith

Saturday, 21 October 2017
Six Ohio Poets reading at the Rodman Public Library
2:00 pm, Main Auditorium
Alliance, Ohio

Thursday, 20 April 2017
Poetry reading at Penn State Erie
6:00pm to 7:00pm, Smith Chapel

Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Rethinking Gender poetry reading
featuring Holly Brown & Mary Biddinger
12:00 noon, University of Akron Union room 316
part of the UA Women’s Studies Program series

Thursday, 16 March 2017
Ball State University In Print Festival
8:00 pm in AJ 175

Friday, 8 April 2016
Wordsmiths reading for Bucks County Community College
7:30 pm, Orangery, Newtown Campus

Friday, 5 February 2016
First Friday reading for Malone University Writers Series
7 :00 pm, The Hub Art Factory, 336 6th St., Canton
Meg Johnson, Mary Biddinger, Elise Goldbach, Robert Miltner, Molly Fuller

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Black Lawrence Press Reading
7:00 pm, Mac’s Backs, Cleveland Heights

Thursday, April 9, 2015
AWP Offsite Reading with Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and Laurel Review
7:30 pm, Republic – Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave Suite 2200, Minneapolis

Friday, March 27, 2015
3:00 pm, Reading at Michigan State University
B210/310 Wells

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Poetry Reading at Saint Lawrence University
Canton, NY

January, 2014
Poetry reading & lecture
University of Tampa MFA

Thursday, 26 September, 2013
4 Under 40 Reading

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Baltimore, MD

Thursday, 12 September 2013
Poetry reading at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

Saturday, July 13, 2013
The Dollhouse Reading Series

Chicago, time & location TBA

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Reading at the Wadsworth Public Library

Wadsworth, OH
3:00-4:30 pm

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Reading at the University of Findlay

8 pm
Winebrenner Theological Seminary Building
Room 254

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Country Dog Poets: A Reading
5-7 pm
Dillon’s, Boston

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Happy Hour Reading for Steel Toe Books
2-4 pm
Dillon’s, Boston

Thursday, March 7, 2013
iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Interrupture, and Jellyfish
AWP Poetry Reading

6:30 pm
Sweetwater Tavern, Boston

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Reading at the Prairie Gate Literary Festival

Briggs Library
University of Minnesota Morris
8:00-10:00 pm

Thursday, 14 February, 2013
Reading at Case Western Reserve University

Poets of Ohio Series
Guilford House Lounge
6:00-7:30 pm

Monday, 11/12/12
Mary Biddinger at Ashland University

5:30 pm, 138 Schar

Saturday, 10/20/12
Black Lawrence Press Ohio Reading

9:00 pm, Karma Kafe, Columbus

Monday, 4/30/12
Mary Biddinger & Jennifer Chang
Cleveland State University Poetry Center Reading

Main Classroom 134

Saturday, 3/31/12
Mary Biddinger & Eric Wasserman

The Learned Owl Bookstore, Hudson, OH
1:00 pm

AWP 2012 (2/29-3/3) Chicago

Thursday, 3/1
Devil’s Lake and Black Lawrence Press AWP Offsite Reading

7:30 pm, Salud Tequila Lounge
1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
Reading poems from Saint Monica and O Holy Insurgency

Thursday, 3/1
Sundress Publications AWP Reading

5:00 pm, The Beauty Bar
1444 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Reading poems from A Sunny Place with Adequate Water and Risk Management

Thursday, 3/1
1:30 PM to 2:45 pm, Marquette, Hilton Chicago

Out of the Stacks and onto the Market: The MFA Poetry Thesis Gets Serious, and Faculty Members React. Erika Meitner, Beth Ann Fennelly, Carmen Giménez Smith, Mary Biddinger, Alan Michael Parker

Autobiographical treatises, project books, greatest hits of the workshop–MFA faculty (who moonlight as press editors and book-contest judges) discuss pedagogical issues on advising MFA poets at the culmination of the degree. What makes for ideal thesis advising? Is an MFA thesis meant to be a book? We will explore the range of ways to shape a first collection, transcend conventions and clichés, and best advise students on balancing their development as poets with their professional goals.

Wednesday, 2/29
Monster Mags of the Midwest Reading
7:00 pm, Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 North Sheffield, Chicago
Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, and Ninth Letter team up once again to offer a fabulous off-site reading. Murphy’s Bleachers is located directly across the street from Wrigley Field (and the Harry Caray statue).

15 October 11
Poetry Reading with John Estes & Mary Biddinger

Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth, Cleveland, Ohio
7:00 pm

29 September 11
Poetry reading at Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue Northwest
Canton, OH 44709
4:30 pm, Cattell Library

17 September 11
Chapbook reading: Mary Biddinger & Susan Grimm
Mac’s Backs
1820 Coventry Rd
Cleveland, OH 44118
7:00 pm

20 February 11
Sunday Roast Reading Series
Reading with Mary Biddinger, Laura Bandy and Stephen Sargent
The Cafe at Arts Collinwood
15601 Waterloo Road, Cleveland
6:30 pm

19 February 11
Saturday Night with The Poet’s Haven

Featuring Mary Biddinger and Eris Zion Venia
Phoenix Coffee
4441 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, OH
7:00 pm

4 November 10
Poetry reading with Erika Meitner at Millsaps College (Jackson, Mississippi), 7:30 pm.

4 October 10
Poetry Taboos and You: How to Break the Rules, and Why. Collaborative craft talk and poetry reading with Erika Meitner. The University of Akron Student Union, room 310, 1:30 pm. Sponsored by the Upstart Crows writers’ group.

15 July 10
Imagination Writers’ Conference (Cleveland State University) poetry reading with Michael Dumanis and Aaron Burch. Main Classroom Auditorium. Craft talk on publishing (with Michael Dumanis) and on the MFA experience (with Matt Bell, Aaron Burch, and Michael Dumanis) on Saturday, 17 July.

24 June 10
Poetry reading for TypewriterGirls Gone Furry. Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA. 7:30 pm. $10 cover charge includes open bar.

10 April 10 (AWP Denver)

The Evolution of the MFA: The 21st Century Student. Erika Meitner, Julie Carr, Mary Biddinger, Eric Morris, Raina Fields, Serena Chopra

Today’s MFA students are a slightly different (and seemingly more professionalized) species of writer. Three younger-generation MFA faculty members and three of their MFA students discuss the changing nature of MFA students and the MFA degree itself. Topics include: networking (on-line and off), publishing, book-projects-as-theses, and the national ethos of the MFA. How might we recognize and address the fast-changing shape of the field on a wider national and pedagogical level, across programs?

7 April 10
Poetry reading for diode literary magazine, Jones Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Performing Arts Complex.

2 March 10
Poetry reading for the Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University. 7:30 pm, Wick Poetry Corner, 2nd Floor, Kent State Library.

6 October 09
Poetry reading and craft lecture at Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA.

1 October 09
Poetry reading at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH.

19 July 09
Panel moderator and participant: Women in Publishing. Small Press Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

29 April 09
Get Lit! poetry reading
Northside Tavern | 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati
Featuring Mary Biddinger, Nickole Brown, Evan Commander, Adam Fell, and Caki Wilkinson and hosted by Forklift Ohio, Memorious, Post Road, and Smartish Pace
7:00 pm (happy hour @ 5!)

22 April 09
Writers/Reading Series at Cleveland State University
Fenn Tower Theater | 1983 East 24th Street, Cleveland
Featuring Mary Biddinger, Sarah Gridley, and Craig Paulenich
7:30 pm

10 April 09

Three Blondes and a Brunette
Barnes & Noble | 4015 Medina Road, Fairlawn, OH
Featuring Mary Biddinger, Susan Grimm, Amy Bracken Sparks,
and Jennifer Sullivan
8:00 pm

21 March 09
Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth, Cleveland, Ohio
Reading featuring Mary Biddinger and Jennifer Karmin
8:00 pm

12 March 09
The Literary Cafe
1031 Literary Road, Cleveland
Reading featuring Mary Biddinger and Michael Grover
9:30 pm

3 March 09
Poetry Night at Max McQ’s
Max McQ’s | 1562 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron | 330.940.3400
Mary Biddinger w/ special guests: Frank DePoole, Eric M. Morris, Aaron Smith, and Tobin Terry. Poetry open mic to follow reading.
8:30 to 10:30 pm
Admission: Free

18 January 09
The TypewriterGirls Gone Esoteric
Your Inner Vagabond | 4130 Butler Street, Pittsburgh
Featured Poets: Mary Biddinger and Molly Prosser

13-16 November 08
Winter Wheat Literary Festival
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Featured Readers: Hadara Bar-Nadav, Mary Biddinger, Anna Leahy, Joe Mackall, and Joe Meno

6 July 08
The TypewriterGirls: God vs. Poet
Modern Formations | 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Featured Poets: Mary Biddinger, Dan Shapiro, and Michelle Stoner

31 March 08
Poetry Reading Co-Sponsored by UA Literary Guild, Barn Owl Review, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center
University of Akron Student Union room 335
Featured Readers: Mary Biddinger and Michael Dumanis, and Zachary Schomburg

1 March 08
Barn Owl Review ‘s Cleveland Release Party
Bela Dubby’s | Lakewood, Ohio
featuring Barn Owl Review editors Jay Robinson and Mary Biddinger

2 October 07
Visiting Poets Craft Talk & Poetry Reading
SUNY Fredonia | Fenton Hall, Room 127, and McEwan Hall, Room 202
Featured Poets: Mary Biddinger and Jeannine Hall Gailey

21 April 07
Poetry Series for National Poetry Month
Plain Community Branch Library | 1803 Schneider Street NE, Canton, Ohio
Featured Readers: Mary Biddinger, George Bilgere, Neil Carpathios, and Joanne Lehman

6 April 07
Youngstown State University Poetry Center
Featured Readers: Mary Biddinger and Craig Paulenich

21 March 07
Cedar’s Lounge
23 N. Hazel Street, Youngstown, Ohio.