I read in the open mic in this lovely reading series way back in the day, when I was only 25! I'm so excited to be a featured reader all these years later. Come on out, SLO Town, and bring something to share in the open mic.
I still can't believe that I get to read in the storied Prague Summer Program for Writers, take the editorial staff of B O D Y out for a whiskey, and roam the streets where Kafka lived and beautifully suffered! And I get to do it all with Kate Gale who will be speaking about publishing and also reading from her gorgeous poetry on a different evening.
I'm over the moon to be able to pay this incredible program a visit, to talk about poetry and translation, and to see what all Gary Dop, the amazing director, has been getting up to!
Monday, July 22, 2019 & Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Bring your sandals to walk on the beach after this reading featuring me and famed poet and translator Ilya Kaminsky at the site once occupied by the 110-room mansion William Randolph Hearst built for
I'm excited to be a part of this event with Brian Laidlaw at Open Books, a store devoted to only poetry! I will read and Brian, who is a poet and musician, will read and will also perform his original music.
Don't worry, I promise not to sing.
I get to read in Springfield, Illinois in the Vachel Lindsay Home
Poets in the Parlor Series! I may have a mild obsession with Abraham
Lincoln, so I will be arriving a day ahead of the reading in order to
visit his former home.
I'm excited to visit lovely St. Louis and read with J. Ryan Stradal in the storied River Styx Reading Series. Many of the poems in my book first appeared in the pages of this beloved magazine, so this reading feels like a homecoming.
The MPC Traveling Show is one of my favorite poetry series, and I am pleased to be reading in it this year with stellar poets Susan Browne, Christina Hutchins, Gregory Mahrer, and Connie Post!
The celebration continues with a reading at the Sacramento Poetry Center with the incredible Moira Magneson!
Join Red Hen Poets Erica Jong and Francesca Bell for an evening of feminist poetry at the Marin Jewish Community Center.
Tickets to this exciting event are available here: https://www.marinjcc.org/events/2019/04/16/jewish-life/literary-caf-presents-an-evening-with-erica-jong/79371/
I'll be signing copies of my book at the Red Hen table. I'll be waiting with pen in hand, hoping to see some of your beautiful faces!
Thursday 3/28 3:00-4:00 with Kim Stafford (pm)
Friday 3/29 11:00-12:00 with Matty Layne Glasgow (am-pm)
Saturday 3/30 1:00-2:00 with Kim Dower (pm)
Come sample Portland ciders and hear the poetry of Dorianne Laux, Maggie Smith, Joshua Mensch, Matty Layne, and Francesca Bell. House ciders made from local apples served in the pub, taco truck out front for those who'd like to bring their dinners into the reading. Red Hen Anniversary Party to follow (7:30-10)!
Francesca will be reading with Bill Gainer, Jekeva Phillips, Robert Lashley, and Michele McDannold.
Francesca Bell will appear in conversation with Brittany Ackerman at Green Apple Books. There will be poems, and a reading from Ackerman's memoir The Perpetual Motion Machine, and a wide-ranging discussion about writing the personal, particularly when the personal involves great difficulties and other people's traumas.
Welcome back to the MPC’s Traveling Show featuring our members at Bay Area venues all summer long. This reading showcases our own board members and starts promptly at 7pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Host: MPC Board Chair Paula Weinberger.
A Day of Readings, Panels, Workshops & Craft Talks with some of California's finest poets and writers.
12:00pm - 12:25pm: Victoria Patterson and Francesca Bell Author Panel (Main Room): “Your Name in Lights: A Novelist and a Poet on How to Get Published—Tips, Tricks, and Pitfalls” 2:30pm - 2:55pm: “She Says”: A Reading/Q&A & Signing with Elena Karina Byrne, Kate Buckley and Francesca Bell (Main Room)