. . . You gave me . . . What you did not have, and I gave you . . . What I had to give—together, we made . . . Something greater from the difference.


— Alberto Rios, Poet, “When Giving Is All We Have

The Journal of Expressive Writing is more than a publication. We aim to be an engaged and supportive community of writers and listeners. Giving our focused attention to each other’s voices, stories, and writing is a generous, necessary act of humanity, repair, and celebration.

Each month, the Journal OPEN MIC will open with a featured author, in addition to 20 reserved spots for writers to read their work. During the OPEN MIC, each writer will read for up to 3 minutes max. All events are FREE to attend and OPEN TO ALL, but you do need to Pre-Register. The Journal Open Mic is produced and hosted by Kelly DuMar.

Thurs, October 7, 2021
7-8:30pm EST

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Author of Basic Needs (forthcoming October 26, 2021 from Rescue Press) and Images for Radical Politics (2016), Editor's Choice in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize contest, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb has taught English and Writing at St. John’s University and Newark Academy, and for Brooklyn Poets, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and the Geneva Writers Group. In addition to her writing, she currently runs the literary arm of the arts & literary consulting company, Collective Consciousness NYC, Inc, where she offers writing coaching services. Of Belizean and Colombian descent, Vanessa hails from and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about Vanessa.

Thurs, November 11, 2021
7-8:30pm EST

Fleda Brown

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Fleda Brown’s third collection of memoir-essays, Mortality with Friends, was published by Wayne State University Press in 2021. Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives, a collection of essays with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, came out in 2013 from Green Writers Press, and Driving with Dvorak was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. Her essays have won the New Letters and the Ohio State Univ/The Journal awards for creative nonfiction. Her tenth collection of poems, Flying Through a Hole in the Storm, (2021) won the Hollis Summers Prize from Ohio University Press. Fleda has won the Felix Pollak Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, and she has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she taught for 27 years. She was poet laureate of Delaware 2001–7. She now lives with her husband in Traverse City, Michigan. Read more about Fleda.

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Tues, December 7, 2021
7-8:30pm EST

Robert Carr

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Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, published in 2016 by Indolent Books and The Unbuttoned Eye, a full-length 2019 collection from 3: A Taos Press. A five time Pushcart Prize nominee, his poetry appears, or is forthcoming, in the Crab Orchard Review, Lana Turner Journal of Poetry and Opinion, The Maine Review, The Massachusetts Review, Rattle, Shenandoah and other publications. Robert recently retired from a career as Deputy Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He lives in central Maine with his husband Stephen. Read more about Robert.

Sat, January 8, 2022
3-4:30pm EST

Ojo Olumide Emmanuel

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Ojo Olumide Emmanuel is a Nigerian poet, Playwright and Book editor. He is the author of the Poetry Collection "Supplication for Years in Sands (Polarsphere Books, 2021). He was long-listed for the Poet in Nigeria Student Poetry Prize (2020) and he was short-listed for the Arojah Students' Playwriting Prize (2020). He is the winner of the Poetry Tuesday Writer of the month (February 2021). His works have appeared and are forthcoming at the Journal of Expressive Writing, Postgradjournal, Artloungenyc, Feral, Shallowtalesreview, Quills, Poets in Nigeria (PIN), Olney, Melbourne-Culture, TNR and elsewhere. He currently curates the monthly Wakasoprize for Poetry and Abubakar Gimba Prize for Short Fiction. He is also an Assistant Editor at The Nigerian Review (Teen/interview section) and an Alumnus of the SprinNG Writers Fellowship.

Wed, February 2, 2022
7-8:30pm EST

Laura Davis

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Laura Davis is a six-time bestselling author. Her books, including The Courage to Heal and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again have been translated into 11 languages and sold 1.8 million copies. Laura's 2021 memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars, tells the story of her dramatic and tumultuous relationship with her mother, Temme, from the time of Laura's birth until her mother's death. This story about "two souls who just wouldn't quit each other" provides a no-holds-barred peek at the real Laura--the woman behind the teacher, the facilitator, and author. Laura lives in Santa Cruz, California with her spouse Karyn and their new yellow lab puppy, Luna. She leads writing workshops in the U.S. and internationally that focus on writing as a tool for healing and transformation. Read more about Laura.

Thurs, March 17, 2022
7:00-8:30pm EST

Catherine Raven

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Catherine's Raven's 2021 INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, Fox and I––An Uncommon Friendship—written while she worked full time as a university professor—also won the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Oprah Daily called the memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox "extraordinary." She is a member of Sigma Xi, (a scientific honors society), American Mensa and she is a former National Park Ranger. Her natural history essays have appeared in American Scientist, Journal of American Mensa, Montana Magazine, National Geographic-Traveler, and Narrative. Catherine won first place in the 2017 Montana Festival of the Book for nonfiction writing and was the 2019 Grand Prize Winner for book-length non-fiction from the Faulkner Society. Read more about Catherine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
7:-8:30pm EST

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo

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U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is a Zimbabwean American poet, author, speaker, singer, and educator who has performed internationally in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Portugal, and Ireland. U-Meleni was featured on “WGBH Suitcase Stories.” Her poetry collection, Soul Psalms (She Writes Press) was described by David Updike as “written in a fearless female voice tempered with optimism and healing possibilities of love.” She is an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College-Boston teaching Creative Writing and Performance Poetry. U-Meleni is currently working on a multi-modal poetic one woman experience “Roots & Revelations” about identity and belonging stemming from family roots in Leominster and Zimbabwe/South Africa. Learn more at: u-meleni.com

Thursday, May 19, 2022
7:-8:30pm EST

Laura L. Engel

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Laura L. Engel, originally from Mississippi, transplanted to San Diego’s East County over 50 years ago. In 2016, Laura retired from a 35-year career in the corporate world. In May, 2022, Laura fulfilled her dream of writing her first memoir, You’ll Forget This Ever Happened: Secrets, Shame, and Adoption in the 1960s. Since starting her book in 2017, Laura has had  scenes from her memoir published in three Shaking The Tree Anthologies (with a fourth due for publication in 2023) and  performed by professional actors at the North Coast Rep theatre in Solana Beach, California. In Spring of 2019, Laura was interviewed by the author Dani Shapiro for her Family Secrets Podcast. Her podcast interview has reached over 1 million listeners. Learn more at: www.lauralengel.com

Thursday, June 23, 2022
7:-8:30pm EST

R.J. Lambert

Book Launch!

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R.J. Lambert (he, him, his) grew up near Denver and survived the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado. He has since been interested in the healing power of writing as individuals and communities respond to crises such as relationship violence, environmental disasters, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. R.J.’s debut poetry collection, Mind Lit in Neon, is newly available from Finishing Line Press. In these short lyric poems, R.J. brings together 80s music and fine art, celebrities and philosophers, nature and neon, all with a candid and curious sensibility. One poem, “Habits of Creature,” was chosen by Kaveh Akbar for the 2021 Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry from New Letters, and The Worcester Review nominated the poem “Indelible in the Hippocampus” for a 2021 Pushcart Prize. R.J. currently teaches scientific and professional writing at the Medical University of South Carolina. Learn more at: rj-lambert.com

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Thursday, August 25, 2022
7:-8:30pm EST

Riham Adly

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Riham Adly is an award-winning fiction writer and editor from Giza, Egypt who is also a mother, ex-dentist, editor, and blogger. Riham is the first ever female from Africa and the Middle East to have a debut flash fiction collection published in English. Her collection of 61 flash fiction stories Love is Make-Believe was published in November, 2021 by Clarendon House publications in the U.K. View book trailer here. In 2013, her story “The Darker Side of the Moon” won the MAKAN award.  In 2019 she was long-listed in Brilliant Flash Fiction’s food themed contest and in 2020 her story “How to Tell a Story from the Heart in Proper Time” was a winner and was included in the 2020 Best Micro-Fiction Anthology. In 2022 her story “Two Peas in a Pod” won second place in the Strand International Flash Fiction Contest. Riham was nominated for the Pushcart in 2019 and was nominated for Best of the Net in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Riham's flash fiction has appeared in over sixty journals. Learn more at: rihamadly.com