January 26, 2023 •  6:00 PM

Tryon Fine Arts Center: An Evening with Lee Stockdale and Gorilla. This will be an extended evening of reading from Gorilla with emphasis, as requested, on my father's relationship with John F. Kennedy. I'll draw from family anecdotes regarding, for instance, the naming of JFK's book Profiles in Courage; President Kennedy's calling my father during the Cuban Missile Crisis; the President's handing my father a new military rifle, presumably the M-16, to test fire into the Atlantic Ocean; etc. 34 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC. 828-859-8322.


January 18, 2023 •  6:00 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church. I'll read from and talk about Gorilla with Assistant Rector Amy Peterson. 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC. Free event. All are welcome.

December 1, 2022  •  5:30 PM

Tales from the Journey Home—An Evening of Dinner & Poetry 

Back By Popular Demand! Food plus wine plus Greg Lobas and me reading again at the Garden Cafe in Rutherfordton, NC. Come out for an enjoyable evening Thursday, December 1st, 5:30 to 7 pm. 4250 S US 64-74A, Rutherfordton, NC. Reservations required: 828-288-2764.


November 17, 2022  •  5:30 PM

SOLD OUT! Tales from the Journey Home—An Evening of Dinner & Poetry Food plus wine plus Greg Lobas and me reading at the Garden Cafe in Rutherfordton, NC. Come out for an enjoyable evening Thursday, November 17th, 5:30 to 7 pm. Note: I'll be reading only from sections II & III of Gorilla--the lighter poems.

October 29, 2022  •  3:00 PM

City Lights Bookstore Gorilla Reading and Book SigningJoin Andrew Clark and me in conversation at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, October 29, at 3 PM, 3 East Jackson Street, Sylva, NC. Take a drive through the most beautiful fall leaves in the country. See you there.

September 28, 2022  •  8:00 PM

Reading at Sovereign Kava! September 28th.

I am jazzed to be the featured poet at Sovereign KavaAsheville's longest running open mic. I've been reading at Caleb Beisert's open mics for years—at Sovereign Kava, The Block off Biltmore, The North Carolina Stage Company and, during the pandemic, virtually. Consistently voted the #1 Open Mic in Asheville in Mountain Xpress polls, come out for a fun night at 268 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville.

September 23, 2022  •  6:00 PM

Gorilla Book Launch! September 13th at Asheville's Pack Memorial LibraryI'm tremendously excited that Gorilla will launch from Asheville's downtown Pack Memorial Library, in Lord Auditorium, on September 13th at 6:00 PM. I'll read from Gorilla, follow with Q&A, and sign books that will be there for sale, as well as books pre-ordered and brought to the reading. Please come! Content Warning: Discussion of Suicide.

August 28, 2022  •  5:00 PM

WordPlay! Asheville 103.3 FM—Reading from Gorilla and "In Conversation" with Jeff Davis and Lockie HunterLive Radio! I'll be on WordPlay, Sunday night, August 28th, reading from and talking about my new book, Gorilla. Showtime 5:00 pm. Please join me with hosts extraordinaire Jeff Davis and Lockie Hunter at and WSFM-LP 103.3. You can also listen to the recorded program if you can't listen live.

July 2022  

The Ekphrastic Review published both Unaware and New Stepfather this month, on July 12th and 27th respectively.

July 2022  

Getting to the Bottom of It Published in North Carolina Poetry Society's Pinesong: Anthology of Winning Poems for 2022. The poem also appears in my book, Gorillaforthcoming September 1st, 2022, from Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

June 11, 2022  

Gorilla Video. Main Street Rag has published a video for Gorilla. Pre-order Gorilla now and get a fabulous pre-publication discount -- $8.50 versus $14.00 after it comes out in September. Buy my book! Thank you, The Management!

June 4, 2022 

Iconic at St. Andrew's-Sewanee. I was honored to read my poem, Iconic, at the Alumni Awards Ceremony at St. Andrew's-Sewanee. We convened on The Mountain to celebrate our 50th high school reunion from Sewanee Military Academy -- "a school so incredible it no longer exists" (from Iconic).

May 24, 2022  •  7:00 PM EDT

Poetry Under the Stars at The Tryon Fine Arts Center. I'll host an evening of Poetry Under the Stars at the Tryon Fine Arts Center with six wonderful poets; seven including me. Tickets $10. Beer and wine available. Please join us. 

May 21, 2022  •  1:00 PM EDT

Getting to the Bottom of It Awarded Honorable Mention in Poetry of Courage Contest

The North Carolina Poetry Society awarded my poem Getting to the Bottom of It an Honorable Mention in their Poetry of Courage Contest. Please tune in as I read the poem on Zoom May 21st at 1:00 PM.

Coming Fall 2022!

Gorilla, debut poetry book, from Main Street Rag Publishing Company! I'm excited to have just signed a contract with Main Street Rag Publishing Company for Gorilla, forthcoming in the Fall of 2022.

December 3, 2021  •  6:00 PM

Euphemism, Illinois State University's Creative Arts Journal--Issue Launch. Live event! I'll read my poems Fiancée Arcade and You Have Won a New Carwhich appear in the new issue. Join us on campus in Stevenson Hall, Friday, December 3rd, 2021, at 6:00 PM, in Normal, Illinois.

Fall, 2021  

BlazeVOX publishes Washing Machine, Smashing Glasses, and George Washington at Walmart

June, 2021  

Unforeseen Consequences of Cremation published in Reed Magazine's first ever stand-alone poetry chapbook. A novel offering from Reed Magazine featuring a letterpress cover and hand-sewn pages. 

June 7, 2021  •  7:30 PM

Carl Jung NC Prize-Winning Poems, Live and Free.  Please tune in as I read my poem Movie Theater which won Honorable Mention in the JungNC Poetry Contest. Go to for info.

November 12, 2020  •  7:00 PM

@CarolinaPoets, Virtual Facebook Reading #PoetryGoesViral. I'll be one of three featured poets. 

September 22, 2020

From Cork, Ireland's, The Echo

Heartache, death, and joy, all encapsulated in this one photo ...  sent to me by my sister, Annie

February 17, 2020  •  8:00 PM

The BLOCK off Biltmore, Asheville, NC

Tomb of the Unknown Father, Presidents’ Day Poetry

October 15, 2019  •  7:00 PM

Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC

In Their Own Words, Carolina poets presented by the Stage Door Series