New York City, Tuesday May 28

Uptown Literary Happy Hour at Word Up Bookstore/Librería Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. 6-8 p.m.

New York City, Wednesday May 29

Library Journal “Day of Dialog” at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W 59th St. 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Washington, D.C., Saturday June 22

"Fiercely Female" Panel, American Library Association Annual, WCC Room 204c. 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Chicago, Tuesday July 2

Tuesday Funk Reading Series at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. 7 p.m.

Chicago, Friday July 26

Loose Chicks Reading at Emerald City Coffee, 1220 W. Wilson. 7:00 p.m.

Chicago, Tuesday July 30

Chicago’s Speaking of Summer Book Launch! 57th Street Books/Seminary Co-Op Talk w/Tara Betts. 1301 E 57th St. 7 p.m. Pre-Order Autographed Copy Until July 23!

New York City, Wednesday, August 7

New York’s Speaking of Summer Book Launch! Mysterious Bookshop Talk w/BerniceMcFadden. 58 Warren St. 6.30 p.m.

New York City, Friday August 9

Book Reading and Signing at Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria. Click HERE to get tickets! 2113 Amsterdam Ave. 6:30 p.m.

Martha’s Vineyard, Wednesday August 21

Book Reading and Signing at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. 23 Main St, Vineyard Haven. 7 p.m.

Chicago, Wednesday, September 18

Book Reading and Signing at Volumes Bookstore. 1474 N Milwaukee Ave. 7 p.m.

St. Louis, Saturday, September 21

St. Louis Book Festival. Details TBA.

Minneapolis, Thursday, September 26

Signing and Conversation w/The Givens Foundation’s Black Market Reads Podcast, at Magers and Quinn. 3038 Hennepin Ave. 7 p.m.


Los Angeles, Wednesday October 24

Kalisha joins moderators Heather Thompson and Rachel Kushner with authors of titles selected for the National Book Award’s “Literature for Justice” program, a new initiative aiming to shine a spotlight on the problem of mass incarceration in America. Los Angeles Public Library. 630 W. 5th Street. 7:00 p.m.

Chicago, Saturday June 17

Kalisha joins editors of Revise the Psalm to discuss Gwendolyn Brooks' impact before the final evening performance of "Among All This You Stand Like a Fine Brownstone". ETA Creative Arts Center, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave. 6:00 p.m.

Chicago, Saturday June 17

Kalisha joins FLOW, playwright Christine Houston (227), novelist Alice Randall via Skype and Marci Rolnik from Lawyers for the Creative Arts in a special community workshop teaching writers about their legal and business rights. BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Drive. 1:00 p.m.

Chicago, Saturday June 10

Kalisha is in conversation with Quraysh Lansana, Sandra Jackson-Opuku and Patricia Smith at Printer's Row Book Fest. Jones College Prep, Room 4034. 11:45 a.m.

Chicago, Thursday May 18

Kalisha reads with authors and editors in celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks at American Writers Musuem. 180 M. Michigan. 7 p.m.

Aurora, Illinois, Wednesday March 1

Kalisha is a special guest of the English Department and Creative Writing classes for Assistant Professor Dan Portincaso of Waubonsee Community College. Sugar Grove Campus, Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Drive, APC 110 B/C. 11:00 a.m.

New York City, Sunday January 29

Kalisha will be in conversation on the state of the Black family with author Terry McMillan at Margaret Porter-Troupe and Quincy Troupe's Harlem Arts Salon, in benefit to The Gloster Arts Project. 1925 7th Avenue. 2:30 p.m.


Evanston, Illinois, Monday November 28

Kalisha will visit Evanston Township High School and educator Traci Powell's youth and adult book groups, to discuss her first novel Upstate with the school's community. Evanston Township High School. 2:15 p.m.

Brooklyn, New York, Thursday November 10

Kalisha is a special guest of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY in the John O. Killens Reading Series. Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1638 Bedford Ave. 6:30 p.m.

New York City, Thursday October 6

Kalisha will be in conversation with moderator Celesti Colds Fechter for the Women Writers of the Diaspora readings and discussion series at Calabar Imports Harlem, co-sponsored by Mosaic Literary Magazine. 2504 Frederick Douglas. 6:00 p.m.

Brooklyn, New York, Sunday September 18

Kalisha is an author appearing with Mosaic Literary Magazine and The Literary Freedom Project at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street. 12:00 p.m.

Tuscaloosa, Monday August 29

Kalisha is a special guest of history classes for Dr. Sharony Green of the University of Alabama History Department, to discuss her novels Solemn and Conception. Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. 620 Greensboro Avenue. 6:00 p.m.

Chicago, Thursday August 18

Kalisha appears with Patrick Oliver on a panel to discuss writing and publishing, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Patrick's debut book Turn the Page and You Don't Stop. The Silver Room. 1506 E. 53rd Street. 6:00 p.m.

Chicago, Wednesday July 20

Kalisha will read from Solemn as a special guest of the summer reading series for Voices of Chicago Literati. Kiddie Kouture Boutique. 10324 S. Western Avenue. 6:30 p.m.

Chicago, Friday July 8

Chicago Book Celebration for Solemn, A Novel. Kalisha gives a talk and reading of her new novel at her neighborhood bookstore 57th Street Books/ Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Hyde Park. Afterwards friends, fans and their guests can enjoy food, wine, music and swag giveaways at Eric Williams' The Silver Room at 1506 E. 53rd Street. Saxophonist David Boykin will play and accompany Kalisha in a special reading of her work.

Online, Friday June 17

Kalisha and Deep South Magazine's Editor Erin Bass will have a Twitterchat to discuss books, writing, and Kalisha's Southern influences in Solemn. Please use hashtag #SolemnBook. Online. 1 p.m. CST.

New York City, Wednesday June 8

Kalisha will read from Solemn as part of Winter Tangerine Review's special presentation of the journal's contributors at Poet's House. 10 River Terrace. 5 p.m.

New York City, Sunday May 15

New York Book Celebration for Solemn, A Novel. Kalisha invites friends, fans and their guests to celebrate Solemn with food, wine and talk at a reception and reading at Calabar Imports Harlem, 2504 Frederick Douglass. 4-7 p.m.

Brooklyn, New York, Sunday May 1

Kalisha is a member of Amanda Shapiro's inaugural Sunday Monthly salon, and will share excerpts of Solemn for the first salon theme of "Human Bodies." Sunday Monthly, 235 Brooklyn Avenue. 5 p.m.

Chicago, Friday January 8

Kalisha reads from her next novel, Speaking of Summer, as part of Loose Chicks' Monologue Series at Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee. 7 p.m.


Chicago, Friday June 26

Kalisha gives a monologue from her play "Conjugal Visits" as part of Loose Chicks’ Monologue Series at Emerald City Coffee, 3938 N. Sheridan. 7 p.m.

Chicago, Tuesday June 9

Hear scenes from Kalisha's play "Conjugal Visits" for Dandelion Theatre‘s The Make Ready Series at the Black Rock Bar, 3614 N. Damen. 7 p.m.

New York City, Wednesday May 27

Athena Theatre Play Reading Series reads Kalisha's play "Conjugal Visits" at the Dramatists Guild Fund, 356 W. 40th. 1 p.m.

New York City, Friday May 1

At the Institute of African American Affairs & Black Renaissance Noire: Kalisha joins others to read at New York University, 19 University Place. Reception to follow. 7:00 p.m.