General News

October, 2017: Poetry Northwest published my essay “A Poetics of Tectonic Scale: On the Great Distance Poems of Marianne Moore, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Layli Long Soldier,” as well as an accompanying erasure poem “‘The White Volcano with No Weather Side’: An Interview” on their website.  I hope you’ll check it out:

A Poetics of Tectonic Scale

Katy Didden ‘The White Volcano with No Weather Side’: An Interview

June 21, 2017: The Kenyon Review published seven poems from “The Lava on Iceland” in the current print issue and online.  Check out the online versions:


Upcoming Readings/ Presentations

December 19, 2017: Open Door Reading at the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL.


April 20-26, 2017: Carell Visiting Writer, Harpeth Hall, Nashville, TN.

April 12-13, 2017: Indiana University East, Visiting Writer, Richmond, IN.

April 11, 2017: Midwest Writer’s Workshop, National Poetry Month Reading, Muncie, IN.

September 16, 2017: Reading with poet Holly Amos, Bracken Library, Ball State University.

August 17, 2016: Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Fellows Reading.

January 27, 2016: Lawrence University, Visiting Writer Series.

March 21, 2015: “‘The Eye Knows What to Skip’: Marianne Moore and the Environmental Poem.”     Paper presentation at the 21st Century Moore Conference. Houston, Tx.

Poet Kjerstin Kauffman wrote a stellar review of my poem “Eve of the Ascent” for the 32 Poems Marginalia series.

Check out this terrific program: I’ve been volunteering with The Beat Within in Eugene this winter.  It’s helping me remember the power of poetry.

November 4, 2014: Reading for the Wit Rabbit Reading Series in Chicago

October 9th, 2014: Reading for the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.

July 27th, 2014: Reading with Brooklyn Poets at the NYC Poetry Festival.  Governer’s Island.

June 29, 2014: Emerging Writers Fellowship Reading at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

March 10, 2014: Reading with poet Daniel Harris at the Princeton Public Library

March 20, 2014: Reading at Maryville University, near St. Louis

March 30, 2014: Reading at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

April 23, 2014: Reading at Missouri University of Science and Technology with the poet Terry Kennedy, in Rolla, Missouri.

February 27, 2014: First Books for First Book!  An AWP Offsite Reading to Benefit First Book Seattle. A reading with Tarfia Faizullah, Benjamin Landry, Tomas Q. Morin, John A. Nieves, Jessica Piazza, and Megan Snyder-Camp. Supported by First Book Seattle, Queen Anne Book Co., and the  Crocodile Back Bar.

February 23, 2014: Reading with Joanna Luloff at Mercer Street Bookstore in Seattle, WA.

December 4, 2013: Reading with poets Joshua Weiner and Shara Lessley for the Writers Here & Now series at the University of Maryland.

November 18, 2013: Reading for the River Styx Reading Series

November 14, 2013: Reading at Loyola University in Chicago, with poets Vicky Anderson and Aaron Baker

September 25, 2013: Reading at Princeton University with fiction writer and fellow Hodder fellow Adam Ross

May 30, 2013: Book launch/ reading at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in D.C.

May 15, 2013: Reading at Illinois Wesleyan University in the Joslin Auditorium (Bloomington-

Normal, IL)

May 10, 2013: Reading in the Second Friday Notes series. Whole Foods, Town and Country (St. Louis)

May 2, 2013: Reading with poets Dora Malech and Steve Schroeder at the Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis.