Speaking Engagements

In the fall of 1983, I got in my little red VW bug and drove myself all over the South, ten cities in fourteen days, to do readings from my first book of poems, The Sound of One Fork. I performed in the homes of lesbians in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis, Tennessee; at a conference on violence against women in Little Rock, and at a women’s cultural center in Fayetteville, Arkansas; at an MCC church in Jackson, Mississippi; at an abortion clinic in New Orleans; for college students in English and Women’s Studies at universities in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at the first women’s bookstore in Birmingham.

This trip was the beginning of my travels as a writer who believes that words can help get us ready to change the world.

And I’m still on the road with my work. Over the years I’ve done readings and spoken at universities and conferences, Pride celebrations and political rallies. Below you can see a partial list of some of the places I performed during the last two years.

I’d love to come to your campus or your community. Click below to contact me through my e-mail, or you can write:

Minnie Bruce Pratt
770 James St., #715
Syracuse, NY 13203



All photographs by Leslie Feinberg may be used only under a Creative Commons copyright with these restrictions:
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From here you can also click to get to my up-to-date biography, information on how to order my books, and my upcoming travel schedule.

If I’m already scheduled to come to your community or campus, you can click here for production notes and 

Keynote Speeches and Invited Addresses

 National Women’s Studies Association, “Southern Discomfort” Conference, 11th Annual Labor Arts Conference-Detroit, Second Annual Activism and the Academy Symposium, Syracuse University, Visiting Writer, Creative Writing and Social Action Program, California State University-Monterey Bay, Southern Comfort Conference-Atlanta, “Women Who Inspire Us: Imagina el Futuro!” Women’s History Week, University of Texas at San Antonio, Out/Write: Sixth Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Writers Conference, The Guild Complex Women Writers Conference-Chicago, Spinnboden (Lesbian) Archiv-Berlin, Literarische Colloquium-Berlin, Literatur Haus-Hamburg, Audre Lorde Legacy Awards-Washington, D.C., University of Kansas Pride Week-Lawrence, Drake University-Des Moines, BGLT Awareness Days University of Pennsylvania, Queer Student Leadership Summit-Michigan, Poet-in-Residence Just Buffalo Series-New York, Holloway Poetry Reading Series University of California-Berkeley, Greyfriars Living Literature Series-Siena College, "Debunking the Myth" Series Dekalb College-Georgia, Grinnell College Pride Week-Iowa, Feminist Taskforce Breakfast-American Library Association, National Association of College Stores-American Booksellers Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Women’s History Month William Paterson College-New Jersey, Wellesley College, Southern Region-Association of Women Psychologists Conference, Poet-in-Residence The Goethe Institut-Chicago

Readings and Rallies

Lodestar Books-Birmingham, Rubyfruit Books-Tallahassee, Wild Iris Books-Gainesville, Sophie Newcomb College-Tulane University, Charis Book-Atlanta, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Benefit Reading-Brooklyn, April 27th Mobilization Benefit Reading-Boston, True Spirit Gender Conference-Baltimore, New School Students for Affirmative Actions Rally-New York City, Writers & Books-Rochester, N.Y., Olean Public Library-Olean, N.Y., Dixon Place-New York City, Lambda Literary Award Finalists Reading-Chicago, North Carolina Pride Weekend Rally-Winston-Salem, Barrow Street Poetry Series-New York City, Genderplex at the Puffin Room-New York City

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