Events/Photos

2018

November 27: Creative Writing Workshop – 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Puentes Rm, Miller Library, WNMU. Free. Open to all.

November 13: Creative Writing Workshop – 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Puentes Rm, Miller Library, WNMU. Free. Open to all.

October 23: Creative Writing Workshop – 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Puentes Rm, Miller Library, WNMU. Free. Open to all.

October 9: Creative Writing Workshop – 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Puentes Rm, Miller Library, WNMU. Free. Open to all.

September 28: Talk at Gifted Kids Program, Silver High, NM

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Gifted Kids program, Silver High, Silver City, NM

September 25: Creative Writing Workshop – 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Puentes Rm, Miller Library, WNMU. Free. Open to all.

September 11: Creative Writing Workshop – 6:00 p.m. Kennedy Puentes Rm, Miller Library, WNMU. Free. Open to all.

August 18, 2018: host of fundraiser for Southwest Festival of the Written Word. Readings by Phil Connors, Sharman Apt Russell, Beate Sigriddaughter, & Jack Crocker. Email jjawilson@hotmail.com for more info.

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July 19-22, 2018: Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Plenary speaker, BrazTESOL.

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23.07 Belo Horizonte – Cultura Inglesa BH, 2 p.m.

24.07 Brasilia – Casa Thomas Jefferson, 11.15 a.m. and 3.30 p.m.

25.07 Natal – Senac Natal 10.00 a.m.

26.07 Campinas – Celin Unicamp, 10.00 a.m.; Michigan Valinhos, 2 p.m.

27.07 Sao Paulo – Alumni, 9.00 a.m.

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Talking about the damned! Caxias do Sul, Brazil, July 2018.

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July 12-16, 2018: Teaching at Stonecoast MFA residency, University of Southern Maine

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With my students on Stonecoast’s MFA in Creative Writing, University of Southern Maine. A very talented group!

June 21-22, 2018: ITESO University, Guadalajara, Mexico. Plenary speaker. Social Justice and ELT.

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ITESO’s amazing conference, Guadalajara, Mexico

June 4-8, 2018: Dublin, Ireland. Research/author tour, sessions tbc.

May 3-4, 2018: Ankara, Turkey. METU International ELT Convention. Plenary speaker. Social Justice and ELT.

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March 23, 2018: Warsaw, Poland. Pearson VIP event. Plenary speaker: “The Sky’s the Limit: Six Lessons from an Unlikely Place.” (The story of Torre David, which inspired Damnificados).

JJ in Poland signing Damnificados
Signing in Poland!
JJ in Poland Damnificados
With my friend and colleague, Kasia Scibor, who invited me to Warsaw. Thank you!

March 10-11: Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson AZ, USA.

February 24-28, 2018: Turkey Cevre Conference. Plenary speaker. Social Justice and ELT. Turkish launch of Damnificados, Kolectiv House, Istanbul.

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Kolectiv House, Istanbul, with my friend Zumrut Ergin at the Turkish launch of ‘Damnificados’
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Talking about Paulo Freire at the Cevre conference, Istanbul, Turkey

February 18th: IH Rome conference. Plenary speaker: Social Justice and ELT.

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Talking about ELT and social justice, IH Rome conference

JJ in Rome IH conference

February 16th: Florence, Italy. Presentation on language teaching.

February 15th: Milan, Italy. Presentation on language teaching.

February 13th: Zurich, Switzerland. Presentation on language teaching.

February 12th: Kiev, Ukraine. 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m., Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics.

February 10th: Kiev, Ukraine. 11:00 a.m., Dom Kino Cinema House, Kyiv. “Great Speakers Need Great Listeners”.

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In Kyiv with the publisher’s team
JJ in Ukraine
Kyev, Ukraine
Ukraine book tour
The audience in Kyev, Ukraine
Ukraine talking to student journalists
Talking to student journalists in Kyev, Ukraine

February 7, 2018: Black Lives Matter readings and discussion, Light Hall, WNMU.

January 12, 2018: Stonecoast MFA program, Portland: ‘The task before us’ – creative writing and social justice. Panelist, with Porochista Khakpour, Aaron Hamburger, Amanda Johnston, and Justin Tussing.

Stonecoast 1 with Amanda Johnson
With poet Amanda Johnston

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2017

December, 2017: Itapoa, Brazil: Writers’ Retreat

October 20, 2017, 7 p.m.: Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards ceremony, The Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington D.C. Damnificados wins Award for Debut Fiction.

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Photo by Kea Taylor – Imagine Photography

Hurston Wright Legacy Award_photo 2 by Natalie Hopkinson

October 19, 2017, 7 p.m.: Damnificados reading at Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffee House, along with (l-r) Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Patricia Bell-Scott, Donika Kelly, Alondra Nelson, Jacqueline Woodson, and Ibram X. Kendi,. Politics and Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Hurston Wright readings Oct 2017

October 15, 2017, 3 p.m.: Damnificados reading/signing, with Elizabeth Hand, author of Fire., The Potter’s House bookstore, 1658 Columbia Rd Northwest, Washington D.C.

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Reading and book-signing with Liz Hand, The Potter’s House, Washington D.C. Oct, 2017.

October 14, 2017, 2:30 p.m.: Damnificados at Fall for the Book (Festival) – panel with Elizabeth Hand and Tara Campbell, Merten Hall Tent on Mason’s Fairfax campus, Washington D.C.

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Fall for the Book, with Liz Hand, Tara Campbell and moderator Jennifer Disano.
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With fellow novelists Liz Hand and Tara Campbell at FallfortheBook 2017, Washington D.C.

September 29-October 1, 2017: Southwest Festival of the Written Word, Silver City, NM

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Screenshot of a video by Gay Gangel Fayhee. An authors’ panel at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, 2017.

September, 2017: Australia book tour

Damnificados flier Melbourne Sept 2017

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With my buddy Andrew Curry – film producer/musician extraordinaire – and his wonderful kids, Freddy and Ella in Melbourne.
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QUT International College, Brisbane
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Delivering a keynote talk at English Australia 2017, Adelaide

Sept 22: Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, 9:15 a.m.

Sept 23: New International Bookshop, Melbourne, 3 p.m.

Sept 25: QUT International College, Brisbane, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sept 26: UTS, INSEARCH Auditorium, Sydney, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Sept 27: Pearson Melbourne Office, Melbourne, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

September 15, 2017: Talk and reading from Damnificados, Marshall Memorial Library, Deming, NM, 6-7 p.m.

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Picture credit: Eric Lowe

July 1-22, 2017: writing retreats/tour: UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain

June 30, 2017: Use Your Words: Writers Speak KURU 89.1. This is the radio show I co-host with Elise Stuart. This week, local schoolkids Keanu, Ivy, and Tigerlily read their fiction/non-fiction, and Nancy Stevens spoke about Imagination Library.

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Ivy and Keanu

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Ivy, Keanu, Tigerlily, Nancy, JJ, Elise; June 23, 2017, at the headquarters of GMCR (Gila Mimbres Community Radio), on Bullard St, Silver City

June 1-15, 2017: Brazil book tour:

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June 2-3 Belo Horizonte

June 4-5 Curitiba

June 6 Rio de Janeiro

June 7 Sao Paulo

June 8 Natal

June 9 Recife

June 10-14 Sao Paulo

May 30, 2017: Independent Publisher Book Award ceremony, Copacabana Club, New York City

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April 3-6, 2017: IATEFL Glasgow, Scotland: plenary speaker – “ELT and Social Justice: Opportunities in a Time of Chaos”

Host of Language Learner Literature Awards, Extensive Reading Foundation, IATEFL

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IATEFL 2017 JJ

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March 26-April 2, 2017, Book tour, Spain.

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me and old friend Borja, in Seville

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March 27 Madrid

March 28 Barcelona

March 29-31 Valencia

April 1 Seville

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March 1-10, 2017: book tour, Argentina. Buenos Aires and La Plata

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With a group of university students – translators, teachers, and literature majors – in La Plata, Argentina
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La Plata, Argentina. Ladies (plus me) who lunch.

2016

Feb 13, 2016: Readings from Damnificados at Casa Camino Real, Las Cruces

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March 12, 2016: Tucson Festival of Books. Panel with Matt Bell and Paolo Bacigalupi. Panel with Vanessa Blakeslee

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With moderator Eve Cran and authors Patrick Madden and Bryn Chancellor
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With authors Matt Bell and Paolo Bacigalupi
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Hanging out in the authors’ hospitality room with author Paolo Bacigalupi, moderator Eve Cran and author Vanessa Blakeslee

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April 9-10, 2016: LA Times Festival of Books. Panel

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April 29-May 1, 2016: British Council 3rd International ELT Conference, Oran, Algeria. Keynote speaker

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July, 2016: UK book tour

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Damnificados flyer UK 2016

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September 18, 2016: Brooklyn Festival of Books. Panel

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October 1, 2016: SouthWest Writers talk, Albuquerque

Talk available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_qMWptloes

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October 18-23 – Tour of Ecuador: Guayaquil, Quito, Ambato

At the Universidad Tecnica de Ambato conference in Ecuador
At the Universidad Tecnica de Ambato conference in Ecuador

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2015 ARCHIVE

December 4-January 3, 2014-15: Itapoa, Brazil: Writer’s Retreat

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January 19, 2015: Readings for Martin Luther King Day at Western New Mexico University, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mustang Dining Hall, Western New Mexico University

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January 25, 2015: Miller Library, Western New Mexico University: Introducing reading by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, 1st Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County

The wonderful Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, first Poet Laureate of Silver City & Grant County
The wonderful Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, first Poet Laureate of Silver City & Grant County

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February 2, 2015: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Teachers’ Seminar

February 3, 2015: Brasília, Brazil, Teachers’ Seminar

February 4, 2015: Goiania, Brazil, Teachers’ Seminar

February 6, 2015: Vitória, Brazil, Teachers’ Seminar

Brazil 2015, with old friend Jorge Teixera
Brazil 2015, with old friend Jorge Teixera
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015, getting ready for my talk
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015, getting ready for my talk

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February 16, 2015, 7 p.m.: Light Hall, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, USA – moderating talk/launch of All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found by Philip Connors

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Phil Connors reading at the launch of “All the Wrong Places”

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February 22, 2015, 1 p.m.: Readings for Black History Month, prose and poetry, Yankie Creek Coffee House, Silver City, NM

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February 28-March 7, 2015: Istanbul, Turkey: author tour including Cevre ELT Conference – plenary speaker

Turkey 2015 Cevre College plenary
Turkey 2015 Cevre College plenary
Izmir, Turkey 2015, with Grant Kempton
Izmir, Turkey 2015, with Grant Kempton

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March 21, 2015: Award Ceremony for Literacy Alive, Silver City – writing competition for Middle and High School students (I serve as competition judge)

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Literacy Alive

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April 10, 2015: Qingdao Jinan Province, China – speech for launch of Speakout

The audience disperses!
The audience disperses!
View from hotel in Qingdao
View from hotel in Qingdao
'Talk show' with Kathy parish, Rod Ellis, Carolyn Graham, Jack Richards and me, FIID conference, University of Guadalajara. An amazing experience!
‘Talk show’ with Kathy Parish, Rod Ellis, Carolyn Graham, Jack Richards and me, FIID conference, University of Guadalajara.

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Last year's PROULEX conference - an amazing experience

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Yazigi Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil – keynote speaker

Yazigi Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Yazigi Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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September 2015: Tour of Poland for launch of Speakout Second Edition: Gdansk, Poznan, Wrocslaw, Kracow, Katowice, Warsaw

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October 2, 3, 4, 2015: Southwest Festival of the Written Word, Silver City, New Mexico, USA – opening keynote speaker

Photo: Bruce Bloy
Photo: Bruce Bloy
Photo by Bruce Bloy
Photo by Bruce Bloy
Photo by Bruce Bloy
Photo by Bruce Bloy
Damnificados launch. Photo by Bruce Bloy
Damnificados launch. Photo by Bruce Bloy

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October 22-25, 2015: ELT Malta Conference – plenary speaker

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November 9-15, 2015: Madrid,

Spain – – plenary speaker and author tour

Pearson Spain November 2015

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