Readings (Poetry Night at Sitwell’s–Scroll down to see Ellen’s reading events)

Poetry Night at Sitwell’s, the 1st Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. ET. Featured poets and (always) an Open Mic
@ Sitwell’s Act II at 324 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati
***We are returning to in-person features at Sitwell’s Coffee House on May 3rd, 2022.***

Visit our FB page to check for the Zoom registration link IF we need to go virtual or hybrid again: ***
IF NEEDED, the monthly Zoom registration link is also posted on the Homepage

Upcoming Poetry Night at Sitwell’s features:

-April 4th, 2023: All Open Mic to celebrate National Poetry Month!

-May 2nd, 2023: Concrete Wink (Rikki Santer, Sandra Feen, & Chuck Salmons)

-June 3rd, 2023: Bonnie Proudfoot (Household Gods) Wendy McVicker (Poet Laureate Emeritus of Athens, OH)

-July 4th, 2023: HOLIDAY!

Past features at Sitwell’s:

-March 7th, 2023: Nancy Jentsch (Between the Rows) & Taunja Thomson
-February 7th, 2023: Megan Mary Moore (To Daughter A Devil) & Alexandra MacIntosh (Bowlfuls of Blue)
-January 3rd. 2023: Emily Rose Cole (Thunderhead) & B. Elizabeth Beck (Summer Tour Trilogy)
-December 6th, 2022: Yalie Saweda Kamara, Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate
-November 1st, 2022: Richard Westheimer & Chuck Stringer
-October 4th, 2022: John Burroughs, US Beat Poet Laureate
-September 6th, 2022: Laurel Chambers & Roberta Schultz
August 2nd, 2022: Rae Hoffman Jager & Caroline Plasket
-July 5th, 2022: Mary Pierce Brosmer, Founder of Women Writing for a Change, & Naomi Joy Griswold
-June 7th, 2022: Pauletta Hansel (Heartbreak Tree from Madville Publishing) & Sara Moore Wagner (Tumbling After from Red Hen Press, and the upcoming Swan Wife from Cider Press Review)
-May 3rd, 2022: ALL OPEN MIC (to read poems written during National Poetry Month)
-April 5th, 2022: Quintin Collins (Claim Tickets from Stolen People & The Dandelion Speaks of Survival) & Chris L. Butler (Sacrilegious & Blerd: ’80s Baby ’90s Kid)
-March 1st, 2022: Teri Foltz (reads from her new book, The Trouble With Thinking)
-Feb.1st, 2022: Abby Wheeler (In The Roots) & Mistee St. Clair (This Morning is Different)–new chapbooks from Finishing Line Press
-January 4th, 2022: Gerry Grubbs & poets from The Hive (Yogesh Kadiyala, Bi-Mia Reid, John Cruze, Bev Champagne, & Hannah Peacock)
-Dec. 7th, 2021: Anders Carlson Wee
-Nov. 2nd, 2021: Manuel Iris, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Cincinnati
-Oct. 5th, 2021: Ellen Austin-Li & Erica Manto-Paulson read from their new chapbooks
-Sept. 7th, 2021: Karen George & Myrna Stone
-August 3rd, 2021: Jerry Judge & Roberta Schultz
-July 6th, 2021: Wendy McVicker, Poet Laureate of Athens, OH
-June 1st, 2021: Richard Hague
-May 4th, 2021: All Open Mic (to read poems composed during National Poetry Month)
-April 6th, 2021: Kamal Kimball
-March 2nd, 2021: Solstice grads Rebecca Connors & Lisa Charnock
-Feb. 2nd, 2021: Vernon Jackson
-Jan. 5th, 2021: Jen Davis & Elaine Olund
–Dec. 1st, 2020: Sherry Cook Stanforth, the Director of the Creative Writing Vision Program at Thomas More University, & students
–Nov. 3rd, 2020: Christine Wilson
-Oct. 6th, 2020: Christen Noel Kauffman & Sara Moore Wagner
-Sept. 1st, 2020: Ohio Poet Laureate & Ohio Poet of the Year, Kari Gunter-Seymour
-August 4th, 2020: All Open Mic
-July 7th, 2020:  Katerina Stoykova of Accents Publishing
-June 2nd, 2020: Pauletta Hansel & Manuel Iris (BOTH recent Poet Laureates of Cincinnati)
-May 5th, 2020: ALL OPEN MIC to read our April National Poetry Month poems
-April 7th, 2020: Canceled!
-March 3rd, 2020: Nicholas Korn (reading from his Wild Sonnets) and Jason Martin
-Feb. 4th, 2020: Megan Mary Moore
-Jan.7th, 2020: Terri Alexzander & Joanne Greenway
-Dec. 2nd, 2019: Mark Flanigan & Jim Palmarini of Word of Mouth, Cinti

Ellen’s Readings:

Upcoming: You can always see Ellen at Sitwell’s on the 1st Tuesday of every month!


April 27th, 2023, 7 p.m.: feature at the Poet & Song Series @ The Falcon Theater 636 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071


March 10th: Ellen participated in an AWP of-site reading with contributors to The Atticus Review & Barzakh Magazine at The Grumpy Bean, 910 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101

January 13th, 7 p.m.: Ellen read with Solstice MFA faculty members Steven Huff & Amy Hoffman at the Solstice MFA Reading Series at the Arnow Campus Center, Lasell University, 131 Woodland Ave., Auburndale, MA

Nov. 20th @ 6:30 p.m.: read as a contributor for the virtual launch of PMS&G Issue 25: Appalachia (Un)Masked.

Oct. 6th at 7 p.m. EDT: Ellen Austin Li read with other contributing poets for the anthology, I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio’s Appalachian Voices, at Miami University, Hamilton, OH

Oct. 8th, 7-8 p.m. EDT: Ellen read for SOS ART’s “Poems for Peace and Justice” at Essex Studio, 2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati.

October 11th at 6:30 p.m. EDT: Ellen was a featured reader at the Public Library of Cincinnati’s program  “Every Leaf is a Flower” at the Clifton Branch Library, 3400 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati.

August 17th @ 7 PM ET for the hybrid book launch of the Mindful Poetry 2022 anthology at The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St #1100, Cincinnati, OH.
July, episodes 1,3,&5: Ellen read seven of her published bee poems on Deep Overstock‘s podcast, Deep Overstock Fiction Podcast.
June 30th, 8-10 PM virtual reading for Sheila-Na-Gig‘s summer issue launch.
-May 13th at 7 PM for Stone Canoe, Issue 16’s release at the Downtown Writer’s Center 340 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY. 
-May 25th at 6:30 PM for the release of Anthropocene: Poetry about Environment at Studio Kroner, 130 W. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH.
-April 10th, 2022, 1-4 PM: Price Hill Poetry Reading and Slam @ The Arco Cincinnati. 3301 Price Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205
March 16th, 2022, 6:30-8:30 PM ET:  Book Launch for the Ohio’s Appalachian Voices’  anthology, I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing @ the Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St #1100, Cincinnati, OH.
January 10th, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Graduate Student Reading: Cindy Abdalla, Elizabeth Adilman, Dean Raat, & Ellen Austin-Li. Each grad reads 15 min. (2 Fiction writers, 2 Poets)
October 30th, 3-4:30 PM: Book Launch reading for Lockdown: Scenes from Early in the Pandemic (Finishing Line Press) with Erica Manto-Paulson (Hunger, FLP) and Karen George (Where Wind Tastes Like Pears, Dos Madres Press). Roebling Point Books: 306 Greenup St, Covington, KY 41011. **Outdoor, socially-distanced reading.**

– Oct. 5th, 2021: Virtual Book Launch (Lockdown: Scenes from Early in the Pandemic) @ Poetry Night at Sitwell’s with Erica Manto-Paulson (Hunger)
– Sat., July 24th, 2021: SOS Art Anthology, “2021 For a Better World.” Pendelton Art Annex, Cincinnati, OH
-Thursday, Feb. 8th, 2021: Launch reading for the Notebooks Collective
-Dec. 16th, 2020: Accents Book Club for upcoming issue of Literary Accents
-Sat., February 22nd, 2020: VDay at Women Writing for a Change
-Tues., Feb. 11th, 2020: Riparian reading @ Joseph Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati
– Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 2019, 7-9 PM: Featured poet (Firefly from Finishing Line Press) alongside Leslie Clark (Driving in the Dark from FLP) @ Poetry Night @ Sitwell’s
-Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2019, 3-5 PM: Riparian book launch (Ohio River anthology), at Irish Heritage Center, 3905 Eastern Ave. Cincinnati
-Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 1-3 PM: Firefly reading and book-singing, along with Grace Curtis (Everything Gets Old) and Pamela Hirschler (What Lies Beneath) @ Roebling Point Books, Covington, KY.
– June 2nd, 2019, 4-6 pm: Firefly book launch. Poetry reading & book signing @ Women Writing for a Change, 6906 Plainfield Rd. 45236.
-June 25th, 2019, 7-9 pm: Firefly book signing—co-reading with Pauletta Hansel, as she reads from her new collection, Coal Town Photograph,
@ MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, 1345 Main St, 45202.
-May 22nd, 2019, 7-9 pm: Poetry @ Sitwell’s on Ludlow Ave. Featured poet with 6 other Cincinnati-area Poem-a-Day poets from April.
-April 24th, 2019, 7 pm: Greater Cincinnati Writer’s League celebrates National Poetry Month, Open Mic @ The Heritage on Madison Rd.
-April 11th, 2019, 7 pm: It’s National Poetry Month, featured reader @ The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action, 1662 Blue Rock Street
-March 12th, 2019, 7 pm: Inkwell, Open Mic @ Urban Artifact
-February 26th, 2019, 7 pm: Word of Mouth, Open Mic @ MOTR Pub
-February 12th, 2019, 7 pm: Inkwell, Open Mic @ Urban Artifact
-February 8th, 2019, 7 pm : V-Day @ Women Writing for a Change
-January 29th, 2019 7-9:30 pm: Word of Mouth, Open Mic @ MOTR Pub
-January 26th, 2019, 12-3 pm: A Festival of Words @ Arnold’s Bar & Grill
-January 9, 2019, 6:30 pm: All We Have in Common, poetry series of Cincinnati’s Poet Laureate @ Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
-December 7, 2018: All We Have in Common, poetry series of Manuel Iris, Cincinnati’s poet laureate, @ The Mercantile Library, Cincinnati
-November 11, 2018: 915 Poetry Project, Southern Appalachia Writers’ Coop, reading from Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Vol. 21, “Appalachia Acting Up,” @ 915 Pub & Grill, Ft. Thomas, KY.
-November 12, 2018: Inkwell, Open Mic & Reading Series, @ Urban Artifact
-Oct. 8, 2018: Inkwell, Open Mic & Reading Series, @ Urban Artifact
-September 10, 2018: Inkwell, Open Mic & Reading Series, @Urban Artifact
-September 7, 2018: All We Have in Common (Home) Open Mic, @ MyCincinnati Firehouse Performing Arts Center
-August 28, 2018: Word of Mouth, Open Mic & Feature Performance, Practice of Poetry Manuscript Class, @ MOTR Pub, Cincinnati.
-July 26, 2018: University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival Open Mic, @ Iowa City, IA
-July 20, 2018: Poetry Powerhouses, the Highlander Reading & Open Mic, @ Ft. Thomas Antique and Design Center, Ft. Thomas, KY
-June 11, 2018: Inkwell, Student Showcase Feature, @ Urban Artifact, Cinti
-May 27, 2018: One A Day, Featured Poets, @ Tillie’s Lounge, Northside, Cinti
-February 10, 2018: V-Day, Hometown Monologues, Rise Resist Roar, @Women Writing for a Change (WWFaC), Cincinnati.
-February 23rd, 2019: Judge for Poetry Out Loud, Southwest Region Semi-finals, Cincinnati, OH.
-June 10, 2017: SOS Art, For a Better World, Poems for Peace & Justice, @ Cincinnati Art Academy.
-April 30, 2017: Womens Way of Ohio-Kentucky, Salon featured reader, @ Women Writing for a Change, Cinti.
-March 13, 2017: Host & curator for feature reading @ Meaningful Mondays, Poets in the Courtyard, @ Arnold’s Bar & Grill, Cincinnati.
-February 11, 2017: V-Day, Hometown Monologues, @ WWFaC, Cinti.
-June, 2016: SOS Art, For a Better World, Poems for Peace & Justice, @ Cincinnati Art Academy.
-February 12, 2016: V-Day, Hometown Monologues, @ WWFaC, Cinti.
-February 2, 2016: Featured reader @ Meaningful Mondays, Women Poets in the Courtyard, @ Arnold’s Bar & Grill.
-June 6, 2015: SOS Art, For a Better World, Poems for Peace & Justice, @ Art Academy of Cincinnati.
-October, 2015: A Taste of Wine & Art, featured reader. WWFaC fundraiser @ Greenwich House Gallery in O’Bryonville, Cincinnati.
-February 7, 2015: V-Day, Hometown Monologues, @ WWFaC, Cinti.
-May, 2014: SOS Art, For a Better World, Poems for Peace & Justice, @ Art Academy of Cincinnati. 
-2013-2016, Thursdays: frequent drop-in @ Queen City Poetry Slam, Open Mic, @ Rohs St. Cafe, Cincinnati.