Available Workshops

Technology for Writers

Family Myths and Storytelling

Getting Started, Getting Organized: Beginning Novel Writing

Blogging and Marketing: Are You Ready for the World Wide Web?

Memoir Writing Workshop for Girls Inc Mentors

Poetry Pedagogy: How to Use Folsom Lockdown

in English, Bilingual, Memoir,  and Poetry classes.

Marketing Workshop: Platform Building, Websites, and Social Networking. Making the most out of your precious time

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The Writing Life


February 21, To Give Life a Shape Reading at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Mary Craig Auditorium at 5:30 pm

February 24, Nasty Women Poets Reading at Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA 4pm 

March 24, Tennessee Williams Festival, New Orleans

April 16, Poetry Feature at the Jefferson Parish Library with Gina Ferrara and Anne Babson, 6pm 

June 17-22, Santa Barbara Writers Conference
June 21 panel, June 20 workshop

July 14, Camarillo Library panel   2-3pm   (Gina reading at 7pm in Orcutt)

July 15 Poetry Zone Santa Barbara, Karpeles Manuscript Library 21 W Anapamu, 2pm
July 17, Santa Barbara     Chaucer's Books 7pm, Loreto Plaza3321 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105

July 25, New Orleans, Octavia Books, 6pm, 

September 1                Santa Barbara Paseo Nuevo 2-4pm

September 6          Ventura, Topping Room EP Foster Library, 7:30 pm,  Ventura, 651 E. Main Street  host Phil Taggart

October 6          Poetry Buffet with Valentine Pierce and Dennis Formento, New Orleans Latter Library  2pm

October 28    Maple Leaf Bar 3pm

November 10              Louisiana Book Festival      Baton Rouge

November 14, University of New Orleans CWW with Neil Shepard   New Orleans, 8pm

April 6, Sanctuario. Poetry Reading at SBCC Atkinson’s Gallery 6pm

May 13, Core Winery Tasting Room, Old Orcutt, CA 7:30. I’m reading poetry with Mark Fabionar

May 27, Wandering Song book release at Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA, 4-7 pm

June 18-23, Santa Barbara Writers Conference

July 30, One Book New Orleans Event at the Cabildo

October 28, The Louisiana Book Festival

March 31, Poetry of Resistance Reading, Avenue 50 Studios 6pm, Highland Park

March 31-April 2
AWP Panels: Mistaking Planes for Stars and Mujeres Readings, Los Angeles

April 13, Ekphrastic Poetry Reading: From Verse to Visual, Cabrillo Arts Center 6pm, Santa Barbara

April 24 and 29 Jazz Fest Book Tent, New Orleans

May 7, The Mission Poetry Series features Gabriella Klein, Lee Herrick, and Pamela Davis, Antioch University, 1 pm, Santa Barbara

June 3-6 Bay Area Retreat, CA

October 16, 2016
New Orleans Poetry reading before Airline
Highway play at UNO. 6pm.

November 1, 2016
LadyFest Lit
6:30-9pm Material Life,
6038 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

January 4, Berkeley Alumni House Benefit for Michele Serros
March 8, Hitched Reading Series at Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea, Alhambra 3pm. 

April 2, NMSU 6-9 pm lecture and reception, CAMP.

April 4, Latter Library Poetry Month Reading with Gina Ferrara and Andy Young, 1pm.
Wine and Cheese Reception to follow the reading.

April 6, WRBH Poetry Meeting recording at 1pm, Reading Radio, Magazine, New Orleans. 

April 10, Common Roots Cafe, MN offsite AWP, 7:30 pm

April 18, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 7-10pm

April 19, The Book Den, Sunday Poets Read at 3pm, Santa Barbara.

April 21, Louisiana State Library Reading, Baton Rouge, noon.

April 29, Jefferson Parish Library, 7pm. Poetry Reading with Jose Torres Tama and Valentine Pierce

June 11, 5:30 -7 pm, SBMA Museum Front Steps,  Beyond Santa Barbara Poetry Reading 

June 30, New Orleans
Old Marquer Theater 7-9, 
2400 St. Claude @St. Roch
Reading with Teatro Sin Fronteras and Reception
September 12, New Orleans, Gumbo Tapado Radio show recording 10 am.

August 26, Ojai Valley Arts Center, 2pm Reading with Emma Trelles and Melinda Palacio and music by Alas.

September 12, National Beat Poetry Festival, New Orleans at Morning Call City Park, 2pm-6pm.

September 19, 5th Latin Caribbean & Local Culture: Expressions, Truth in: White, Black, Brown. Three Poets with Dennis Formento, myself, and Valentine Pierce with Gumbo Tapado host El Black Latino and special guest Infinity,
@ Cocktails 1355 St. Bernard 7pm.

In California
September 26, 1pm
The Mission Poetry Series
with Gina Ferrara, David Campos, Christine Penko,
hosts Emma Trelles and Melinda Palacio
Antioch University Santa Barbara, 602 Anacapa 

October 21, Radio Show with Graham da ponte, New Orleans

November 4-5 University of Texas, Austin

February 1, 2014
Libreria Martinez at Chapman University, 216 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
4pm -- 6pm

March 7, International Women’s Day Poetry Reading at the National Jazz Park in New Orleans, 916 N. Peters, 3pm.

March 14, New Post on La Bloga.

April 2, Fleur de Lit Poetry Month event Reading Between the Wines, 7:30 pm, Pearl Wine Co. 3700 Orleans Avenue

April 5, Paterson Poetry Prize Reading
Paterson, NJ

April 19, Santa Barbara Sunday Poets Reading, The Book Den, 2pm.

April 30, UCSB Old Little Theatre, College of Creative Studies, 4pm

May 2, Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest, Obliq Gallery, Phoenix, 6:30 pm. 

May 22, Poets & Writers presents Connecting Cutlures at Beyond Baroque, Thursday. Reception at 7:30 pm, Reading at 8pm, 681 Venice Blvd. Luivette Resto and Melinda Palacio will represent Tia Chucha Press.
September 27, 
Mission Poetry Series:
So Deep a Song: Three Poets in Autumn
September,  Saturday at 1pm at Antioch University, Santa Barbara
November 2, Tubby & Coo’s MidCity Book Shop Launch, 10 am

January 19, Bank of Books, signing and reading 1pm to 3pm, Ventura.

January 20, Listen to me chat with the guys at Words on a Wire

January 24, Poetry Flash, Moe’s in Berkeley, reading with Francisco X. Alarcón, 7:30 pm.

January 28, Reader’s Books, Sonoma, CA, with Reyna Grande at 7:30 pm, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476.

January 29, UC Merced, noon to 1:15 pm, COB 113

February 12, Happy Mardi Gras
February 14, Happy Valentine’s Day

February 19, NSU, Louisiana

February 23, Lorelei Books, Vicksburg, Mississippi

March 2, Latter Library, Poetry Buffet, New Orleans, Louisiana

March 7-9, AWP Boston

March 14, UC Davis, Chicano Studies

March 16, UAA Luncheon, Santa Maria, CA, 11- 2pm

March 17, Hitched Beyond Baroque, Melinda Palacio and Yago S. Cura, Venice, CA, 5pm

March 24, Featured Reader at Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Ave. 50, Highland Park, 2pm

April 7, Latter Library Poetry Month Festival, New Orleans

April 8, WRBH, New Orleans, LA

April 11, Just Listen to Yourself, Louisiana State Library, Baton Rouge, LA

April 12, NEA Interview WWNO

April 20, Los Angeles Times Literary Festival, panel details TBA, Identity Panel, Saturday 3pm. Taper Hall, 201 at 3:30 pm

April 25, Jefferson Parish Library, 7pm, Louisiana

April 26, LSU Student Union, Baton Rouge, 7pm

April 28, Parker Memorial, United Methodist Church, New Orleans

May 11, Pasadena Lit Fest, CA

May 18, Celebrating Words and Music, Tia Chucha Festival, CA

May 19, Griffith Park Reading Series, Old Zoo, Griffith Park, 5pm

May 30, International Latino Book Awards, Instituto Cervantes, Manhattan, NY

July 6, New Orleans Poets Read New Orleans Poets, 2pm at the Latter Library on St. Charles Ave.

August 6, Nancy Harris and Melinda Palacio at Octavia Books, 6pm, New Orleans

Sept. 14, featured reader at the Poetry Zone, Granada Books 1224 State Street, Santa Barbara 

October 16, Don Paul’s Poetry Ball, Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, 8pm

November 1, Authors Party
November 2, Louisiana Book Festival

November 17, The Great Beyond.
I read at Beyond Baroque with Daniel Chacón and hostess: Jessica Ceballos at 2pm.

November 19, Santa Barbara City College, 6pm

December 4-8, Words and Music Festival

Past Appearances
January 9
Las Comadres Para Las Americas will host a teleconference and conversation with Melinda Palacio, Julia Amante, and Lyn Di lorio: January 9 at
7pm CENTRAL time, global teleconference

January 24, Carpinteria Book Club Visit

Feb. 29-March 3, AWP
March 2, Book Signing PALABRA table AWP

March 1, Tia Chucha Press poets,
a reading for the Guild Literary Complex at Jak’s Tap, 901 W Jackson Street, Chicago, Il.

March 3, AWP Panel, Wachale, Chicano Debut Novelists, Wilford B Hilton 3rd Floor

March 23, CSU Fresno, Engineering East 191, at 4pm.

March 24, Interview on KPFA with Darren de Leon, Radio 2050.

March 29, Spring Arts Festival
El Paso Community College
Creative Writing Workshop, Chicano Literature Class Visit, and Public Reading at 
Administrative Center Auditorium, 7pm EPCC

April 10, East L.A. Library, 6pm to 7pm, Tuesday, 4837 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022.

April 12 CSU Channel Islands,
Broome Library 1360 4pm

April 15, Sunday Poets Karpeles Manuscript Museum

April 16, Santa Barbara High School, Library Talk, noon.

April 22, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 
Smokin’ Hot Indie Lit Lounge,
Booth #391, Sunday 11:45 am.

May 3, Spanish through Culture and Literature guest lecture, SBCC, Adult Ed, 6 pm.

May 5, Women’s Literary Festival Santa Barbara 9-3pm.

May 19, Tia Chucha Press panel with Luis Rodriguez, Chiwan Choi, Luivette Resto, and Melinda Palacio at the 7th Annual Celebrating Words Festival 1-7 pm. The Tia Chucha Press panel is 3:45 to 4:45 in Room 5.

May 21, guest at WoWW, private writers group.

 June 5
The 14th International Latino Book Awards 2012 at the Instituto Cervantes, NYC

June 7, La Casa Azul Bookstore hosts a book signing for Ocotillo Dreams in East Harlem, 6 pm.

June 9-14, The Santa Barbara Writers Conference. First Book Panel.

July 7, Poetry Buffet, the Latter Library in New Orleans at 2pm

July 18-21, MALCS conference in Santa Barbara

Augusts 31, LunaSol Latino Book Fest, Friday, 6-10 pm,
6711 Bright Avenue, Uptown Whittier, CA 90601.

September 8, Sowing the Seeds Workshop, Tucson.

September 15, Latinos in Lotusland at the Autry, Griffith Park, Los Angeles CA

September 23, Brooklyn Book Festival, NY

October 6, Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference in Brooklyn, NY 

October 13, Writing Out Loud Series, Michigan City Library, Indiana

October 15, Purdue N.C., Indiana

October 27, KCSB Library Radio

October 27-28, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX

October 30, Creative Community Show, Santa Barbara, CA

November 1, El Camino College, Compton, CA

November 2, Inside the Writing Lab, UCSB 3pm to 4pm, CA

November 6-14 Melinda’s Going on Vacation. Guess Where!

November 12, KUNM pre-recorded radio interview

November 16, Pocho Hour of Power Radio Show

November 17, National Hispanic Cultural Center, History & Literary Arts series.

November 20, How Fire Is A Story, Waiting book signing at Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara, 7 p.m. 

November 22, Thanksgiving
November 23, Melinda’s Birthday

November 27, SBCC, Class Visit

November 30, UC Santa Cruz, Latino literature/La literatura latina  conference IV.

December 1, PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards Ceremony, Rockridge Branch Library Oakland

December 4, Santa Barbara Book Club

December 6, Book Signing, First Thursday Santa Barbara, CA @ The Book Den, 6pm.

December 13, Octavia Books, New Orleans, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting book signing and reading.

December 29, Maple Street Bookshop, Healing Center, New Orleans, 3pm

December 30, Featured Reading at the Maple Leaf Bar, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, New Orleans, 3pm
August 12, Tattered Cover, joint signing with Lucrecia Guerrero at 7:30 pm, Denver, CO, Colfax location.

Recorded Corriente KGNU radio show with Lucrecia Guerrero. Show to air September 6.

August 20, Santa Barbara Book Launch Party, Reception and Signing of Ocotillo Dreams, Tecolote Book Shop, 1470 E Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, 805-969-4977, 4pm

August 31, Changing Hands Books, AZ Book Launch and signing of Ocotillo Dreams, 6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ, 7 pm.

Sept. 8 Live Radio Interview on the Pakatelas Show with Michael Medrano, KFCF Radio 88.1 FM, Fresno,
Thursday at 3pm.

September 9-11, CPITS Symposium, Writing Ourselves True, Workshop Leader: Folsom Lockdown Poetry Project, La Casa de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

September 15, Speaker at Val Verde’s Library Fundraiser , Santa Barbara. Private event.

September, 16, KPFK FM interview, Arts in Review with Julio Martinez, 2pm, KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles
KPFK 98.7 FM Santa Barbara

September 17, Los Angeles, 
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural,
13197- A Gladstone Avenue,
Sylmar, CA 91342, 
12:30 - 2:30 pm.

September 17, Latino Heritage Month Book Talk at the Autry Museum, 3:30 - 5 pm

September 20, The Moe Green Discussion, Blog Talk Radio Interview with Rafael Alvardo, 11 AM.

September 24, Poets for Change, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, 5pm

September 27, Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara @ Loreto Plaza, Tues, 7pm

October 1, LAPCA, author event, Olvera Street, Los Angeles

October 2, West Hollywood Book Fair, panelist: FRESH FARE FROM FABULOUS FEMALES: NEW VOICES IN FICTION with Jillian Lauren, Cavanaugh Lee, Kaira Rouda and moderator Stacy Beirlein,
10:30 - 11:30 am in the Fiction Pavilion.

October 6, Chicana Literature Panel, HNWC, Phoenix, AZ
2:15 pm, 26th National Hispanic Women’s Corporation Conference

October 7, Mesilla Cultural Center, Friday, 5-9 pm

October 8, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Alamosa Books, 8810 Holly Ave. NE, Ste. D, Albuquerque, NM 87122
2-3 pm.

October 9, San Antonio, TX,
The Twig, 200 E. Grayson Street, Suite 124, San Antonio, TX 78215, Sunday from 4-6 pm

October 13, Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street (corner of Laurel), Reception and Reading at 6pm.

October 15, Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans, in the Rink, 2-4 pm.

October 16, New Orleans Women’s National Book Association, Reading Group, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, 10:30 am

October 20, Maple Street Bookshop, Downtown Location at the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, 504-304-7115,
Thursday, 6pm.

October 28-29, The Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

November 3, Santa Barbara First Thursday at The Book Den, 15 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

November 5, Ventura Book & Author Fair Expo, 10 am to 4pm

November 6, Stanford Book Club in Pasadena

November 10, Chabot College,
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545, Reading from noon to 1pm.

November 10, San Francisco,
Green Apple Books, 506 Clement Street @ 6th Avenue

November 13, Crow and Raven Anthology Reading
Sunday 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Faulkner Gallery, SB Library

November 15, Santa Barbara City College, 6pm - 9pm

November 17, Book Club SB

November 30, Santa Barabara Library Filming Project

December 1, Santa Barbara First Thursday at The Book Den presents Local Authors and holiday open house, 15 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
January 23, Poetry Panel Avenue 50, 3pm

March 13, Hitched Reading Series, 4pm at Beyond Baroque.

March 26, Poets of the American West, group reading at Beyond Baroque, 7pm.

April 3, La Paloma Room, 624 Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640. Sunday at 5:30pm.
April 21, Writers on Place Panel, UCSB, 4pm, McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB.

April 23, Santa Barbara Sunday Poets at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, 3pm to 5pm, 21 West Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

April 29, Poetry Grand Finale,
Contemporary Arts Forum, 7-9 pm. Host: Barry Spacks.
May 3, Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd, “CC Lounge, 6pm. Poetry Reading.

May  7, Beyond Baroque, Poets & Writers presents Connecting Cultures, 4pm to 6pm, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.

May 10, Santa Barbara City College, 6:30 pm, class presentation. 

May 14, Arcade Poetry Series. Poetry featured reading with Paul Guthrie. Oxnard Carnegie Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, 7pm. Host: Jackson Wheeler.

May 21, Tia Chucha’s Word Festival at L.A. Mission College, panelist and moderator.

May 27, Mujerismo at Beyond Baroque, 7:30 pm with Maria Melendez and artist Azul Parra, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. 

May 28, 6th Annual Small Press Book Fair, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica.

May 29, Plein Air Poetry Retreat, Painted Cave.

June 9, Santa Barbara Screenwriters Association

June 18-23, Santa Barbara Writers Conference.


July 30, Poetry Reading with the Hollywood Institute of Poetics at Stories Books, 1716 sunset in Echo Park at 8pm.

August 7, An Evening of Literature and the Arts, a wine, cheese, and tequila tasting at Pan American Bank, 3626 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90030. Tickets $20, ($30.00 for Couples), featuring Book Signings, Author Readings, A Silent Auction, dance performance by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, 4pm to 8pm.

September 1, Poets of the American West release party and book signing at Vroman’s, Pasadena, 6:30 pm.

September 3, Poets of the American West release party and book signing at Borders, Goleta, 7pm.

Sept. 12, Release of PEN USA Anthology, Strange Cargo, an Emerging Voices Anthology 1997- 2010, at Skylight Books, September 12 at at 5pm, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Sept. 15-17, Festival de Flor y Canto. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow at University of Southern California, Doheny Memorial Library. Melinda reads September 16 at 1:45pm sharp.

October 6, Latina Writers Panel, East L.A. Library, 
4837 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 6pm.

Arts in Review, guest on the Julio Martinez show KPFK, 90.7 FM, 2pm.

Telemundo guest on the Con Chile y Limon  television show, October 6 show airs at 2:30 pm.

October 09-10, Latino Book & Family Festival, California State University, Los Angeles, Greenlee Plaza.

October 13, 7 pm, Poets of the American West release party and book signing at Marin Arts Council Gallery.

October 24, The Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series, 3pm.

November 6, Ladyfest New Orleans, 1:30 pm.

November 30, Santa Barbara City College. 

December 2, First Thursday SB Poetry Read.

December 19, Reading Poetry with Sojourner at the Book Den, 15 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, 4pm.
December 20, Publication Party for Maple Leaf Rag IV 

October 10-11, Latino Book & Family Festivl at Cal State L.A.
October 3, Melinda joins Luis Rodriguez and the Latinos in Lotusland authors for a reading at Tia Chucha’s Cultural Cafe, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, CA 91342, Saturday, Oct. 3 from 1-3:30pm.

August 1-19, Channels 17 & 21 airs June’s Poetry of Science program. Melinda on tv!

July 18-25, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

June 5, Melinda participates in  Poetry and Science, original poems at the Fe Bland, Auditorium, SBCC, 8pm.

April 19, Melinda hosts and reads. Chasing the Flying Machine: Poets Respond to Yinka Shonibare’s Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Sunday, April 19th at 2pm.

April 3, Melinda performs for the Jazz, Blues, and Langston Hughes Tribute at the Lobero Courtyard, 6pm in Santa Barbara.

February 24, Melinda is a Mardi Gras parade judge in New Roads, Louisiana.
December 13, Melinda hosts the Poetry Zone.
October 4, San Diego City Book Fair,
August 25-31, the Ink Byte Team featured on the Creative Community Channel
August 9: Melinda is the Poetry Zone’s featured reader at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
June 21-26: Santa Barbara Writers Conference, volunteer
April 18-20: Border Book Festival, volunteer
April 3: Essential Workers:Poetry Reading and Photography Exhibit
February 20-24: Ink Byte Team
at Desert Nights, Rising Stars,
ASU Writers Conference January 6: Featured Poet, 
The Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans
September 27, Santa Barbara Book and Author Festival, 
Border Book Festival: Workshop leader, April 2007
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: featured reader, PEN EV Panel, 2007
Casa de la Guerra: Poetry Reading for Art Exhibit: Forged in Iron: The Expressive Art of the Roof Cross Tradition in Chiapas, Mexico, July 5, 2007.
PEN EV Final Reading: Mark Taper Auditorium, July 2007
Carpinteria Arts Center: Black, White, Re[a]d: Featured Poet, along with Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, October 20, 2007
***Named a cultural highlight of 2007 in the SB Independent!
Border Book Festival: Workshop leader, October 11, 2007