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Rolf's Upcoming Events

To schedule speaking engagements, travel-writing seminars, vagabonding seminars, and book events, please send inquiries to [email protected].

PARIS

  • July 1st-30th, 2015 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Month-long Creative Nonfiction course, in tandem with Literary Fictions workshop and other seminars; queries can be sent to [email protected]

Rolf's Past Events

ROCHESTER, NY

  • Thursday, April 16th, 2015 • Monroe College, Warshof Conference Center, Monroe B 3-205A, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Online Info
    Monroe College Visiting Writer Program, Reading, Q&A, and book signing. Free and open to the public. Email [email protected] for more information.

NEW HAVEN

  • Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 • Yale University, Timothy Dwight College, 4:00pm - 5:00pm Online Info
    Yale Master’s Tea, “Travel as a Life-Deepening Endeavor.” Free and open to the public. Email [email protected] for more information.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

  • Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 • South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office, Noon - 1:00pm
    White House Travel Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, American travel writers will gather to discuss the benefits of cross-cultural educational and cultural exchange. Participants will hear from a panel of high ranking government officials on current efforts around studying, working, and traveling abroad, with opportunities for dialogue and interaction.

PARIS

  • July 1st-29th, 2014 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Month-long Creative Nonfiction course, in tandem with Literary Fictions workshop and other seminars; queries can be sent to [email protected]

NEW HAVEN

  • Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 • Yale University, Pierson College, 4:00pm - 5:00pm Online Info
    Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, Rolf will be in conversation with New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, discussing the craft and vocation of writing cultural criticism. Email [email protected] for more information.
  • Sunday, April 6th, 2014 • Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center, 1:30pm - 4:00pm Online Info
    Environmental Film Festival at Yale, Rolf will participate in a Q&A after a screening of Pegi Vail’s documentary film ‘Gringo Trails,’ which raises urgent questions about the cultural and environmental consequences of tourism around the globe. Email [email protected] for more information.

SEATTLE

  • Saturday, March 1st, 2014 • Washington State Convention Center, 10:30am - 11:45am Online Info
    Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Panel - “Ain’t From Around Here- Travel Writers on Writing the Place You Know and the Place You Don’t,” with Brian Kevin, Evan Balkan, Tom Swick, and Annie Nguyen. Room 607, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6 S149.
  • Thursday, February 27th, 2014 • Washington State Convention Center, 1:30pm - 2:45pm Online Info
    Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Panel - “Beyond What You Did Last Summer - Teaching Travel Writing,” with Suzanne Roberts, Rolf Potts, Lavinia Spalding, David Miller, and Ann Marie Brown. Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level R212.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Thursday, February 6th, 2014 • University of New Hampshire, Memorial Union Building 1, 5:00pm - 6:30pm Online Info
    Department of English Writers Series, Lecture and discussion about the art and ethics of travel writing. Email [email protected] for more information.

NEW YORK

  • Saturday, October 19th, 2013 • American Museum of Natural History (Kaufmann Theater), 8:30pm - 10:30pm Online Info
    Margaret Mead Film Festival, World premiere of Pegi Vail’s documentary film “Gringo Trails,” which raises urgent questions about the cultural and environmental consequences of tourism around the globe. Rolf will participate in a post-screening Q&A with Vail and National Geographic Editor at Large Costas Christ.

PARIS

  • July 1st-29th, 2013 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

CONNECTICUT

  • April 26th-28th, 2013 • Mystic, CT Online Info
    Workshop- Travel and Transformation, Rolf and Best Women’s Travel Writing series editor Lavinia Spalding will lead a series of lectures and workshops on travel and travel writing; queries can be sent to [email protected]

AUSTRALIA

  • March 22nd-25th, 2013 • Melbourne Online Info
    Australian Festival of Travel Writing, Rolf will be a featured writer and writing workshop leader at this international travel-writing conference. Other speakers include Brian Thacker, Chris Taylor, Maya Ward, Patrick Holland, Tess Rice, Rusty Miller and Olivier Magny.

BOSTON

PARIS

  • July 1st-30th, 2012 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

NEW YORK

  • Monday, April 30th, 2012 • Cornelia Street Café, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Online Info
    Bennington Reading Series, Rolf will headline an evening of nonfiction readings featuring memoirist Aimee Anderson and food/travel writer Hugh Ryan.

PHILADELPHIA

  • Thursday, April 12th, 2012 • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writers House, Noon - 1:30pm Online Info
    Panel - The Common, Issue #3 - Rolf will join a moderated discussion about place-based writing, literary magazines, and MFA writing programs. Participants include moderator Jamie-Lee Josselyn, fiction writer Katherine Hill, and Jen Acker, who edits www.thecommononline.org. Queries can be sent to [email protected]
  • Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writers House, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Online Info
    Travel writing panel presentation, Professional travel journalists and editors discuss the art and business of travel writing in the 21st century. Participants include David Farley, Matt Gross, Jason Wilson, and Rachel Friedman; Rolf will moderate. Queries can be sent to [email protected]

NORTH CAROLINA

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012 • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 3:30pm - 5:00pm Online Info
    Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, Rolf will discuss the art, craft, and ethics of travel writing, as part of the Creative Writing MFA Program’s ongoing lecture series, cosponsored by UNCG’s International Program. Queries can be sent to [email protected]
  • Thursday, April 5th, 2012 • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 7:00pm - 8:30pm Online Info
    Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, Rolf will read selections from his books. Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn’t Go There. Queries can be sent to [email protected]

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

  • March 5th-11th, 2012 • Washington State University Online Info
    Spring 2012 Visiting Writer, Rolf will teach a weeklong travel writing workshop that includes evening readings open to the public. Queries can be sent to [email protected]

NEW YORK

  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 • Javits Convention Center, 11:00am - Noon Online Info
    New York Times Travel Show, Rolf will join other travel experts in discussing how (and how not) to use online travel-planning resources.
  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 • Lolita Bar, Lower East Side, 6:00pm - 7:00pm Online Info
    Restless Legs Reading Series, Rolf will share the stage with travel writer Josey Miller as part of David Farley’s ongoing travel-writing reading series.

IOWA

  • Monday, February 27th, 2012 • Iowa State University, Campanile Room, Memorial Union, 2:00pm - 3:30pm Online Info
    On Travel Writing - Anthony Doerr and Rolf Potts, As part of ISU’s 8th Annual Symposium on Wilderness and the Creative Imagination, Rolf will discuss travel writing alongside author Anthony Doerr. Cosponsored by Iowa State’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, this event is free and open to the public. Queries can be sent to [email protected]
  • Monday, February 27th, 2012 • Iowa State University, Campanile Room, Memorial Union, 4:00pm - 5:30pm Online Info
    Lecture — Stories and Revelations from a Postmodern Travel Writer, Rolf discusses the art and ethics of travel writing, in light of his latest book, Marco Polo Didn’t Go There. This lecture is a part of the Symposium on Wilderness and the Creative Imagination, an environmental literary festival that features readings, poetry performances, panel discussions, documentary films, book signings, and receptions. All events are free and open to the public. Queries can be sent to [email protected]

PHILADELPHIA

  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writers House, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Online Info
    Conversation with Pico Iyer, Rolf will introduce and moderate a discussion with travel writer Pico Iyer, whose new book The Man Within My Head explores the author’s life-long obsession with Graham Greene. Queries can be sent to [email protected]
  • Thursday, January 26th, 2012 • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writers House, 5:30pm - 7:00pm Online Info
    Mind of Winter, Rolf will read a George Saunders essay about Dubai’s indoor snow as part of Penn’s annual post-holiday celebration of winter, inspired by Wallace Stevens’s poem, “The Snow Man.” Activities include snow-themed readings, a fire in the parlor, and several big pots of soups and stews. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 215-746-POEM.
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writers House, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Online Info
    Creative Ventures Lecture Series , Presentation on the influence and example of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, the “The Henry Ford of Literature,” whose “Little Blue Books” created a mail-order information superhighway that paved the way for the sexual revolution, influenced the feminist and civil rights movements, and foreshadowed the Age of Information. Free vintage books for lecture attendees. Queries can be sent to [email protected]

PARIS

  • July 1st-30th, 2011 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

VERMONT

  • Friday, June 24th, 2011 • Bennington College, Tishman Auditorium, 9:40am - 10:40am Online Info
    Bennington Writing Seminars, Lecture on the influence and example of Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, the “The Henry Ford of Literature,” whose “Little Blue Books” created a mail-order information superhighway that paved the way for the sexual revolution, influenced the feminist and civil rights movements, and foreshadowed the Age of Information. Free vintage books for lecture attendees. Email [email protected] for more information.

IRELAND

  • Saturday, June 11th, 2011 • Lismore House Hotel, 10:00am - 1:00pm Online Info
    Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing , Blogger’s Clinic panel, with Rolf Potts, Áine Goggins and Darragh Doyle, moderated by Manchán Magan. Tickets are €25.00; queries can be sent to [email protected]
  • Saturday, June 11th, 2011 • Lismore, Courthouse Theatre, 8:00pm - 9:00pm Online Info
    Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing, Roundtable on literary travel writing -Rolf Potts and Alex Von Tunzelmann in conversation with Pól Ó Conghaile. Tickets are €25.00; queries can be sent to [email protected]

SEATTLE

  • Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 • Seattle Art Museum, 7:00pm - 8:00pm Online Info
    World Affairs Council, Lecture and discussion on the art, ethic, and economics of independent travel. Sponsored by the Young Professional International Network. More information at [email protected]

ITALY

  • Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 • Milan, 7:00pm Online Info
    Scuola del Viaggio, Informal talk and mixer at Milan’s foremost school of travel. More information at [email protected]

SWITZERLAND

  • Friday, April 1st, 2011 • Lugano, 5:00pm Online Info
    University of Lugano, Lecture and discussion about the art, ethic, and economics of independent travel. Sponsored by the university’s Master of Arts in Economics and Communication program. More information at [email protected]

VERMONT

  • Thursday, January 13th, 2011 • Bennington College, Barn 100, 2:15pm - 3:45pm Online Info
    Bennington Writing Seminars, Lecture on travel writing, and how the act of travel can inform genres like poetry and fiction. Email [email protected] for more information.

NEW YORK

  • Monday, October 4th, 2010 • New York, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Online Info
    New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Performance Studies class lecture on travel video.

ICELAND

  • August 1st-9th, 2010 • Reykjavik Online Info
    Summer Literary Seminars, Creative writing seminars with Jonathan Ames, Fanny Howe, Chuck Klosterman, Colum McCann, Gina Ochsner, Gary Shteyngart, Binyavanga Wainaina, and others.

PARIS

  • July 1st-29th, 2010 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

QUEBEC

  • June 24th-28th, 2010 • Quebec City Online Info
    Travel Classics International, Annual conference of professional travel writers and editors; queries can be sent to [email protected]

KANSAS CITY

  • Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 • Kansas City, 8:00pm Online Info
    Storytelling With Miss Gina K., The Brick, 1727 McGhee, Kansas City, MO 64108. This installment of the ongoing performance series explores the theme of “Community + Loneliness.” Other storytellers include Kaite Mediatore-Stover, Beth Byrd-Lonski, Frankie Krainz, Meshel Cook, and Hadley Johnson. Queries can be sent to [email protected] or (816) 421-1634.

OHIO

  • Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 • Springfield, 7:00pm Online Info
    Wittenberg University, Hollenbeck Hall. Lecture on travel writing and long-term travel (non-students welcome). Rolf will also speak in English classes on the 26th and 27th. Queries can be sent to [email protected]

ST. LOUIS

  • Friday, April 2nd, 2010 • St. Louis, 2:30pm Online Info
    2010 National Popular Culture & American Culture Associations Conference, travel-writing panel with Jason Wilson and Jim Benning. Conference takes place in the Renaissance Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue (314-621 9600). Queries can be sent to [email protected]

KANSAS CITY AREA

  • Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 • Lawrence, 7:00pm Online Info
    University of Kansas, Mallot Room, 6th floor of the Kansas Union. Lecture on travel writing and long-term travel (non-students welcome). Queries can be sent to [email protected] or (785) 864-2516.

BOSTON

NEW YORK

  • Thursday, November 19th, 2009 • Staten Island, 5:00pm Online Info
    College of Staten Island, International Education Week, travel seminar with New York Times writer Matt Gross

NEW JERSEY

  • Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 • Metuchen, 8:00pm Online Info
    The Raconteur, Public reading from Marco Polo Didn’t Go There and other works. 431 Main St, Metuchen, NJ; (732) 906-0009

ITALY

  • November 14th-15th, 2009 • Genoa Online Info
    Premio Chatwin — The Chatwin Prize Festival, Italy’s premier festival of travel writing, photography, and video; queries can be sent to [email protected]

UNITED KINGDOM (WALES)

  • September 3rd-8th, 2009 • West Wales Online Info
    The DO Lectures, [email protected]

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

PARIS

  • Monday, July 27th, 2009 • Paris, 7:00pm Online Info
    Shakespeare & Company Bookstore, Public reading from Marco Polo Didn’t Go There and other works.
  • July 1st-30th, 2009 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

NEW ORLEANS

KANSAS CITY AREA

  • Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 • Lawrence, 6:00pm - 8:15pm Online Info
    University of Kansas International Awareness

ARIZONA

KANSAS CITY AREA

  • Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 • Overland Park, Noon - 1:00pm Online Info
    Johnson County CC, Independent Travel Seminar, General Education Building 233, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

LOS ANGELES

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

LOS ANGELES AREA

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

  • Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 • San Francisco, 7:30pm Online Info
    Books, Inc. in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, (415) 931-3633
  • Sunday, November 16th, 2008 • Corte Madera, 7:00pm Online Info
    Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, (415) 927-0960

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY

  • Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 • Manhattan, 7:00pm Online Info
    Book Culture, 536 West 112th St, (212) 865-1588. Travel seminar with Pauline Frommer and Matt Gros
  • Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 • Camden, NJ (near Philadelphia, PA), 7:00pm Online Info
    Rutgers-Camden, Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building, with poet Patrick Rosal
  • Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 • Manhattan, 7:00pm Online Info
    Book Culture, 536 West 112th St, (212) 865-1588
  • Monday, October 20th, 2008 • Manhattan, 7:00pm Online Info
    The Half King, 505 W 23rd St, just west of 10th Ave, (212) 462-4300. The closest subway stop is the “C” and “E” line at 23rd and 8th Ave.

MINNEAPOLIS

  • Monday, October 13th, 2008 • St. Paul, 7:30pm Online Info
    Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave N #14, St. Paul, (651) 225-8989
  • Saturday, October 11th, 2008 • Minneapolis, 10:00am - 5:00pm Online Info
    Twin Cities Book Festival, with Elizabeth Oness, Frank Wilderson, and others. Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Avenue S

NEW ORLEANS

CHICAGO

  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 • Chicago, 7:00pm Online Info
    Book Cellar, 4736-38 North Lincoln Ave, (773) 293-2665
  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 • Chicago, 7:30pm Online Info
    Bookslut reading series, with Dubravka Ugresic and Peter Ferry. Hopleaf, Second Floor, 5148 N. Clark Street.

KANSAS

  • Saturday, September 27th, 2008 • Lawrence, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Online Info
    River City Reading Festival, with Thomas Frank, Scott Phillips, and others. Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont
  • Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 • Kansas City, Noon - 1:00pm Online Info
    Johnson County CC, General Education Building 233, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park
  • Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 • Topeka, 7:00pm Online Info
    Washburn University, Vogel Room, Memorial Union, (785) 670-1441
  • Monday, September 22nd, 2008 • Manhattan, 1:20pm - 2:30pm Online Info
    Kansas State University Student Union (Room 20)
  • Saturday, September 20th, 2008 • Salina, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Waldenbooks, Salina Central Mall, 2259 S. 9th St, (785) 825-2232
  • Friday, September 19th, 2008 • Wichita, 7:00pm Online Info
    Watermark Books, 4701 East Douglas, (316) 682-1181
  • Thursday, September 18th, 2008 • Salina, 7:00pm Online Info
    Salina Public Library, 301 West Elm Street, (785) 825-4624

PARIS

  • July 1st-30th, 2008 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

NEW YORK

PARIS

  • July 2nd-28th, 2007 • Paris Online Info
    Paris American Academy Summer Creative Writing Workshop, Creative Nonfiction seminar; queries can be sent to [email protected]

RUSSIA

  • June 17th-30th, 2007 • St. Petersburg Online Info
    Summer Literary Seminars, Creative writing seminars with Jonathan Ames, Fanny Howe, Chuck Klosterman, Colum McCann, Gina Ochsner, Gary Shteyngart, Binyavanga Wainaina, and others.