One of my prized possessions is a Route Book for the Great Wallace Show in 1899. It belonged to my great-great uncle, the elephant trainer who inspired The Circus in Winter. Typically a route book is a list of cities visited. Dates played. Miles traveled. Number of railroads used.

But I measure my time on the road in terms of people I meet.

The route book from 1899 that belonged to my great-great uncle the elephant trainer.

1899, a real route book that belonged to my great-great uncle the elephant trainer.

OK State, 2013.

Oklahoma State University reading, April 8. 2013.

Indianapolis, 2012.

Indy Reads Books July 19, 2012

Anderson, IN, 2012.

Anderson Book Club, June 28, 2012

Muncie, IN, 2012.

_Glenda Says Read This_ Book Club, May 8, 2012

Chicago, 2012.

AWP 2012, "Midwest Gothic" panel/reading with Dan Chaon and Michael Czyzniejewski.

Washington, DC, 2011.

Linked Stories Panel, AWP 2011, Washington D.C.

Galesburg, IL, 2011.

2011, Knox College

Ball State, 2011.

2011, faculty reading with Matt Mullins, BSU.

Peru, IN, 2010.

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U. of Illinois, 2010.

2010, Carr Reading Series, U. of Illinois (left side)

U. of Illinois, 2010.

2010, Carr Reading Series, U. of Illinois (right side)

Ball State, 2010.

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Ball State, 2010.

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UIndy, 2010.

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UIndy, 2010.

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Orange, CA, 2009.

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Orange, CA, 2009.

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Pomona, CA, 2009.

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Indianapolis, 2008.

2008, Colts vs. Bears, first game in Lucas Oil Stadium

Pittsburgh, PA, 2007.

2007, Gist Street Reading, Pittsburgh, PA

Indianapolis, 2005.

2005, Writer's Center of Indiana, talk with Porter Shreve

Story Prize, NYC, 2005.

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Story Prize, NYC, 2005.

2005 Story Prize Event with Julie Lindsey, Edwidge Danticat, Joan Silber, and Larry Dark

KGB, NYC, 2004.

2004, KGB Reading Series, New York City

Carmel, IN, 2004.

2004, Barnes & Noble, Carmel, IN.

Peru, IN 2004.

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Baraboo, WI, 2004.

2004, Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI