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Readings and Appearances

Photo by Catherine Laine


April 1st
Reading at Smith College
for Eyes Wide Open Anthology
Amherst, Massachusetts

April 11th
Noontime Reading
Boston National Poetry Festival

April 10th
Kingsley Tufts Award Ceremonies
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California


May 2nd-4th
Mass Poetry Festival
Sunday May4th 11:45 am
Peabody Essex Museum
Bartlett Gallery
"Jim Crow Casts His Shadow"
a panel with Sam Cornish
Florence Ladd, Molly Watt
and Martha Collins
Salem, Massachusetts
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Renaissance House Retreat
(early June)

June 20th to 30th
Visiting Faculty Drew University Low Residency
MFA Poetry and Poetry in Translation



August 3-9th
Visiting Faculty at the Frost Place
Franconia, New Hampshire

August 10th
Poetry of Purpose
A Panel/​Reading with Fred Marchant
Longfellow House
Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts


September 9th
Reading at Annenberg Beach House
Los Angeles, California
with Douglas Kearney and Robin Coste Lewis

September 18th 7pm
Best American Poetry 2014 Launch Reading
The New School
Main Auditorium at 66 West 12 Street

September 24th to 27th
Furious Flower Conference
James Madison University


Brattleboro Poetry Conference
Vermont (Columbus Day weekend)

October 18th-25th
Kingsley Tufts Residency
(mid-late October)
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California

Beyond Baroque Reading
(during Kingsley Tufts Residency)

About His Work

"Weaver...finds a place in the legacy of Whitman and the mid-nineteenth century when in the evolution of American poetry the glory of vernacular speech first became fused in verse with an inspired sense of the American self, sensuous and yet transcendent. Weaver's verse acknowledges the guidance of that tradition and honors it...His vision is local and focused, and as befits a poet of genuine depth and seriousness of purpose, it is as wide as the horizon itself." -- Arnold Rampersad (from his extended essay that is the preface to Multitudes)
“[Weaver] one of the most important poets of his generation.”


The Plum Flower Dance/poems 1985 to 2005 (U of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). This collection surveys twenty years of Weaver's published work, beginning with his first book of poems, Water Song (U Press of Virginia, 1985). The poems are arranged according to the 5 element theory in Chinese philosophy in order to show the ways in which childhood trauma has affected his writing and his life.

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Taipei Times 2002