Online Author Readings

In light of so many cancelled book tours as of late, Hidden Timber Books is hosting other small press authors via Zoom for readings. These events are FREE, all you need to do is register for the link to join. Attend one, attend them all, and spread the word! *Please make note of time zones listed

To kickstart National Poetry Month in April, we’re hosting A WEEKEND OF POETRY

Body Falling, Sunday Morning (Milk and Cake Press)

This tightly-focused group of poems considers the miniature crime scene recreations of Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of crime scene investigation. Case imagines the lives of the victims through their deaths as depicted by Glessner Lee, and in the process invites her readers to think about how an ordinary day in an ordinary life can instantly, chillingly, turn into a shocking tragedy. ~ Kim Jacobs-Beck, editor, Milk and Cake Press

Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 12pm Eastern

SUSANA H. CASE is the author of seven books of poetry. Dead Shark on the N Train is due out in 2020 from Broadstone Books. Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press) won an IPPY Award in 2019. She is also the author of five chapbooks, two of which won poetry prizes, and most recently, Body Falling, Sunday Morning, from Milk and Cake Press. Her first collection, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press. Her work has appeared in CalyxThe Cortland ReviewPortland ReviewPotomac ReviewRattleRHINO and many other journals. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.

Birthright: Poems (Kelsay Books)

The poems in Birthright, Erika Dreifus’s first poetry collection, embody multiple legacies: genetic, historical, religious, and literary. Through the lens of one person’s experience of inheritance, the poems suggest ways in which all of us may be influenced in how we perceive and process our lives and times. Published by Kelsay Books. Here, a poet claims what is hers as a child of her particular parents; as a grandchild of refugees from Nazi Germany; as a Jew, a woman, a Gen Xer, and a New Yorker; as a reader of the Bible and Shakespeare and Flaubert and Lucille Clifton. This poet’s birthright is as unique as her DNA. But it resonates far beyond herself.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 1pm Central

ERIKA DREIFUS is a reader, writer, and literary advocate whose latest book, Birthright: Poems, was published by Kelsay Books in fall 2019. She is also the editor and publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter that features opportunities and resources for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.

Beyond the Box: How Hands-on Learning Can Transform a Child and Reform Our Schools (Mascot Books)

Beyond the Box goes beyond the transformative power of hands-on learning. It is a story of hope and a lesson in never giving up on someone. Navigating without a map, Paula and her family created a body of knowledge that can help anyone interested in finding and advocating for education programs built on students’ strengths, rather than their perceived “learning deficits.” 

Sunday, April 19, 2020 | 2pm Eastern

PAULA LAZOR is a parent advocate and the host of Education Innovations, a radio program on hands-on, project-based learning on WERA 96.7 FM.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. In her previous career, she covered domestic policy issues for a legal publication in Washington, D.C. She lives with her husband in Arlington, Virginia. 

Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life (Overcup Books)

The cataclysmic eruption of Mt. St. Helens in May 1980 marked the start of a decades-long struggle over resources, land-use, and economics that would leave the Pacific Northwest forever changed. Written with the critical eye of a seasoned earth scientist, Ground Truth is an extended eulogy to a rapidly changing land and population awakening to the realities of climate change, land-use, and pollution. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 12pm Pacific

RUBY McCONNELL is a writer, geologist, and environmental advocate living and writing in Eugene, Ore. Her writing examining the relationships between landscape and the human experience won an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in 2016. Her work has been published in Grain, Entropy, and Mother Earth News, among others. You’ll often find her in the woods. To read her essays and learn more about her, visit her website

The Book of Jeremiah (Press 53)

The Book of Jeremiah, refers to the biblical book of the same title as “all doom and gloom,” but Zuckerman’s book about Jeremiah Gerstler and his family is anything but. It contains considerable loss, trouble, sorrow, and suffering, but its thirteen stories are also laced with love, forgiveness, hope, optimism, and even what we might call salvation. It is a book that acknowledges the darkness while leading the Gerstlers, and us, toward the light—and toward each other.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 9am Central

JULIE ZUCKERMAN’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including The SFWP Quarterly, The MacGuffin, Salt Hill, Sixfold, Crab Orchard Review, Ellipsis, The Coil, and others. THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH, her debut novel-in-stories, was the runner-up in the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction Award. A native of Connecticut, she resides in Modiin, Israel, with her husband and four children. Learn more at

Truth Has a Different Shape (CavanKerry Press)

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, Kari O’Driscoll was taught that strength and stoicism were one and the same. She was also taught that a girl’s job was to take care of everyone else. For decades, she believed these ideas, doing everything she could to try and keep the remaining parts of her family together, systematically anticipating disaster and fixing catastrophes one by one. Truth Has a Different Shape is one woman’s meditation on how societal and familial expectations of mothering influenced her sense of self and purpose, as well as her ideas about caretaking.

Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 11am Pacific

KARI O’DRISCOLL is a writer and mother of two living in the Pacific NW. She is the author of One Teenager at a Time: Developing Self-Awareness and Critical Thinking in Adolescence, and the recently released memoir, Truth Has a Different Shape. Her other work has been featured in anthologies on parenting, reproductive rights, and cancer as well as appearing online in outlets such as Ms. Magazine and Healthline. She is the founder of The SELF Project, a comprehensive social-emotional health site for teens and parents and educators of teens. You can find links to her work at

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