Brevity makes for good writing, but it’s not my strong suit–especially not off the page. When I’m writing, but especially when I’m talking, I lean more towards the run-on sentence than the haiku. What can I say? I love to chat. More specifically, I enjoy connecting with readers and fellow writers in settings that allow us to explore the craft, art, and business of writing.

As an instructor, I’ve taught academic writing at Columbia University and travel writing to journalists through, and spoken about writing to students ranging from fourth graders to post-grads.

As a speaker, I’ve given over 110 talks and readings at venues ranging from libraries to nursing homes, bookstores to consulates, Greek festivals to literature festivals. If you’d like to attend a talk, please review my upcoming speaking engagements below.

If you’re interested in discussing teaching opportunities or booking me to speak to a group or class about The Ladies of Managua, Other Waters or North of Ithaka; writing fiction, memoir, or travel pieces; or any other relevant topic, please visit the contact page. I’m also available to phone in to book club meetings; click on the link and fill out the form if you’d like me to join yours. Just consider yourself warned: once I start talking, it’s hard to get me to stop.

Amalia enjoying the Miami Book Fair

PREVIOUS EVENTS for The Ladies of Managua:

MAY 6th, 2015 NEW YORK, NY: Reading/signing at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th St., 7 pm

MAY 7TH, 2015 BROOKLINE, MA: Reading/signing at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline, 7 pm

MAY 14TH, 2015 NEW YORK, NY: Fundraising Luncheon for the Archdiocesan Cathedral Philoptochos Society at the Central Park Boathouse.

MAY 17th, 2015 NEW ORLEANS, LA: Reading/signing at the Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., 2-4 pm

MAY 21st, 2015 CORAL GABLES, FL: Reading/signing at Books&Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, 8 pm

JULY 28th, 2015 MANAGUA, NICARAGUA Reading/signing at Colegio San Augustin, Managua

OCTOBER 17TH, 2015 FARMINGDALE, NJ: Reading/Signing at the Annual Fall Luncheon of the St. George Philoptochos Society of Ocean, NJ.

APRIL 2d, 2016: Reading/signing in my hometown at the Worcester Public Library’s Annual Authorfest, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, 1:30 pm

DECEMBER 13th, 2016 NEW YORK, NY: Pen Parentis Literary Salon at the Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall Street, 7-9:30 pm.

May 6, 2017, NEW YORK, NY: Listen to Your Mother NYC, The Broadway Presbyterian church, 601 West 114th St., 6pm. I’m one of 13 writers/comedians/actors/moms/daughters/sons reading short essays about motherhood at this hilarious and heartwarming event.