Readings, Talks, Radio Shows


Thursday–Friday, Jan. 29 & 30: Two presentations at UCLA Law Review Conference–“Examining the Roots of Human Trafficking & Exploitation”, UCLA Law School.

Thursday,March 12, Panel Discussion, Southwest Safe Harbor Regional Conference, Redwood Falls, MN.

Thursday, March 24, Queer Voices Reading, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

Friday, April 10, Day-Long Training in South Dakota.

Monday, April 20, Webinar Training on “Survivor Centered Sex Trafficking of Native Women”, with Lisa Brunner & Sandi Pierce for National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center & Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Tuesday, May 5, Panel presentation at DOVE Conference, Bemidji, MN.

Wednesday, May 13, Talk at National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Park, MN.


Sunday, November 23, Reading at Subtext Bookstore.

Wednesday, November 19, Talk at Ain Dah Yung Center’s William Kent Krueger Reading.

Wednesday, November 19, Radio Show on KFAI about trafficking of Native women and youth with Deb Foster and Wiliam Kent Krueger.

Saturday, November 15, Talk at Elder’s Lodge about dissociation.

Wednesday, November 5–November 11, Actor in the play Fired Up!

Thursday, October 23, Opening for my art show at Common Roots Cafe.

Friday,October 3, Talk at Minnesota Department of Health conference on the harm of child pornography.

Thursday, August 21, Training at The Link in Prior Lake, MN.

Wednesday, August 13, Speech at U.S. Attorney’s Office Violent Crime and Human Trafficking Conference, Sioux Falls, SD.

Thursday, July 17, Reading at Magers & Quinn.

Friday, July 4, Talk at Indigenous Independence Day, MN State Capitol.

Thursday, June 19, Talk at Violence Against Women: Improving Multidisciplinary Responses, Bemidji, MN.

Monday, June 2-3, Two day comprehensive training for South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic  and Sexual Violence. Pierre, SD.

June 17, Day Long Training with Life House, Duluth, MN.

Monday, June 30, Talk at Two Harbors trafficking coalition event, Two Harbors, MN.

Thursday, May 29, Law and Society Association, Panel about prostitution, trafficking, and academia.

Saturday, May 17, Talk at Survivorship Conference, Oakland, CA.

Friday, April 25, Panel discussion at MN Safe Harbor Conference, Alexandria, MN.

Saturday, April 5, 7, 10, 12, Staged Reading for the play Fired Up!, Pillsbury House, Minneapolis, MN.

Sunday, March 30, Radio Interview with Pacifica Radio.

Monday, March 24, Talk at St. Louis County Juvenile Court, Duluth, MN.

Monday, March 18 & 19, Two Day Training with South Dakota Coalition Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence, Pierre, SD.

Thursday, June 18, Training at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins, MN.


Thursday, Jan. 17: Radio interview, “Disabled and Proud” , KFAI 90.3 in Minneapolis, at 6:30pm

Friday, Jan. 25: Panel discussion on sex trafficking and Native women in Minnesota, Duluth, MN, 7:00pm

Saturday, March 9: AWP Panel discussion on Writing and Dissociation, Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 13: Radio Interview on Lesbian Radio, 1:00-1:30pm

Saturday, March 23: Panel discussion at “More Than Writing Conference”, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN, 9:00 am panel on writing about marginalized topics and 10:00am panel for beginning writers.

Wednesday March 27: Talk about prostitution and trafficking, Women’s Club, Minneapolis, MN, 7:00pm

Wednesday, April 3, Training at Ain Dah Yung on trafficking and prostitution, Minneapolis, MN.

Friday, April 19 Presentation on “Ending Human Trafficking: From the Global to Minnesota” at Delta Kappa Gamma State Convention, Brooklyn Park, MN.

Tuesday, April 23, Presentation with Eileen Hudon on the trafficking of Native women, Spirit Lake, North Dakota

Friday, May 3–Saturday, May 4 Art show, panel discussion, and reading for Breaking Free’s Demand Change Project national conference, St. Paul, MN. For listing of events go to:

Tuesday, April 30, presentation with Babette Sandman, Reyna Crow, and Michelle DeFoe at Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition annual conference, 3:15pm

Sunday, May 5, interviewed on “It’s A Woman’s World”, TV show

Sunday, May 19, “The Wave” radio show, KFAI, 90.3 FM, on human trafficking, 10am.

Sunday, May 19, Ink radio show interview, 6:00pm

Friday, June 7, radio interview on “The Wave”, KFAI, 9:00-10:00am

Monday, June 10, reading and discussion at William Mitchell College in St. Paul, MN with World Without Genocide, 7:00pm. For more information:

Friday, June 14, reading at “Fighting Forward: A Labor and Working Class Summit”, Madison, WI at 10:30am. For more information:

Wednesday, July 17, talk “Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: Who, What, Why, and Where”, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 715 Minnetonka Mill Road, Hopkins, MN, 7:00-8:00pm. For directions:

Tuesday, July 25, reading at Pride Poetry reading with other authors in a LGBT poetry anthology. Minneapolis Public Library, 7:00-9:00pm


Wednesday, January 18: Book release party with Olga Trujillo at The Loft Literary Center, 1101 Washington Ave  South Minneapolis, MN, 7:00pm

Monday, January 23: Reading at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota at 7:00pm

Thursday, January 26: Reading and craft talk at Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University at Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota   (Talk on craft at 3:30 & Reading at 7:30)

Sunday, January 29: Reading with Olga Trujillo at Zandbroz Books, Fargo, North Dakota at 2:00pm

Wednesday, February 15: Reading at Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN at noon

Wednesday, February 29: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW),  the Church Center for the United Nations777 First Ave at 44th Street, New York, New York.

Thursday, March 1: Reading at the United Nations, the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 First Ave at 44th Street, New York, New York, 6:15-7:30pm

Tuesday, March 6: Reading & talk at the University of Conneticut, Storrs, CT (time to be determined)

Thursday, March 8: Reading & talk on KFAI Radio for International Women’s Day, 90.3 in Minneapolis, with Dr. Ellen Kennedy

Sunday, March 11: Reading at A Room of One’s Own, Madison, Wisconsin, 2:00–3:15pm

Monday, March 26: Nickels reviewed on The F Word Media Collective, from 12pm – 1pm PDT on CFRO 102.7 FM in Vancouver. You can listen live on the internet at
To hear past shows, go to The F Word is syndicated at Pacifica Radio,

Thursday, April 5, radio interview on Woman-Stirred Radio, WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio at 4:00pm central time,

Tuesday, April 19-Thursday, April 12, Participant on panel for Department of Justice Symposium on Human Trafficking, Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday, April 13, Reading at He(art), The Fallout, 2709 Stevens Ave South, Minneapolis, 9:30pm

Friday, April 27, Talk on dissociation and culture, at “Restoring the Sacred Trails of Our Grandmothers: Strengthening Our Circles to End Sexual Violence”, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition’s 6th annual conference, Bloomington, Minnesota

Monday, April 30 Pre-Lambda Reading with Catherine Friend at Black Dog Cafe, 4th & Broadway, St. Paul at 7:00pm. Co-sponsored by Lambda Literary Awards and St. Paul Almanac

Thursday, May 17 Interview on Fresh Fruit, a queer radio show on KFAI, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 7:00pm

Sunday, May 20 Reading with Sherry Quan Lee and Anya Achtenberg at Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave North, Minneapolis, 3:00pm

Friday, June 1 Reading at Bluestockings Bookstore with Catherine Friend, 172 Allen Street, New York, NY, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, June 4 Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony, NYC at 7:00pm

Wednesday, June 22 Pride Reading with John Mederios at Magers and Quinn Bookstore, 3038 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis, 7:30pm

Tuesday, June 29 Queer Voices Reading at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, 7:00pm

Wednesday, June 27 Presentation with Nicole Matthews, on “Garden of Truth” report about Native trafficked women in Minnesota,  Indian Health Services 2012 National Behavioral Health Conference, Bloomington, MN

Thursday and Friday, June 28-29 Talk and Reading at NOW’s National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland

Sunday, July 15 Reading at Minnesotans United for All Families Launch Party, The Warren, 44th and Penn Ave North, Minneapolis, 5:00pm

Tuesday, July 24 Presentation for U of MN Duluth Tribal Child Welfare Conference on prostitution, dissociation, and child abuse, Walker, MN

Thursday, August 2nd Interview on Disabled and Proud, KFAI Radio, 90.3, 6:30pm

Fringe Festival Reading/Performance with seven other writers and spoken word artists, 5 dates: Thursday, 8/2 10:00 p.m. Friday, 8/3 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/4 4:00 p.m. Friday, 8/10 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/11 4:00 p.m. Playwrights’ Center 2301 E Franklin Av Minneapolis MN Location details and map:

This show is part of the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Show details and to buy tickets:

Wednesday, Aug 15 Writing workshop for High School Summer Institute at World Without Genocide, William Mitchell Law School, St. Paul, MN 3:15-4:15pm

Friday, Aug 24 Radio interview 12:00pm central time on Conversations Radio, listen at

Friday, Sep. 7 Radio Interview on “Public Affairs,” WORT, Madison, WI, 12:00pm central time,

Saturday, Sep. 8 Panel discussion about forgiveness at Shir Tikvah Temple, Minneapolis, MN

Monday, Sep 10 Workshop titled “From the Inside Out” about dissociation and culture, at Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Walker, MN

Wednesday and Thursday, Sep 12 & 13 Reading and Workshop titled “From the Inside Out” about dissociation and culture, and co-presentation with Nicole Matthews on “Garden of Truth” report, Duluth, MN

Wednesday, Oct 3 Reading from my non-fiction essay in the anthology Chalk Circle: Prize-winning Intercultural Essays with Anya Achtenberg at The Loft, Minneapolis, MN at 7:00pm

Tuesday, Oct 9 Presentation on “Garden of Truth” report at “National Conference: Pathways Into Health” Conference, Rapid City, SD

Tuesday, Oct 30 As part of Native American Human Rights Series, panel discussion with Eileen Hudon on “Garden of Truth: The Trafficking and Prostitution of Native Women in Minnesota” at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 7:00

Tuesday, Dec 18, Presentation with Mending the Sacred Hoop, Cloquet, MN


Friday & Saturday, September 9th & 10th: Reading at Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN at 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 19th: Reading at Women and Children First Bookstore 5233 N. Clark in Chicago, Illinois at 7:30

Thursday, October 27th:  Release of research titled “A Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota”, William Mitchell Law School, St. Paul, MN at 2-4 pm

Tuesday, November 15th: Panel presentation for World Without Genocide at William Mitchell Law School, St. Paul, MN at 7:00-9:00pm

Tuesday, December 13th: Reading for Queer Voices at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, at 7:00pm


Current Art Shows

January 9th–Feburary 19th: “Flight” Solo show at Blue Ox Coffee Co., 3740 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis. Opening party on Friday, February 3rd from 7:00–10:00pm.

August 17-September 30: Solo show at The Goddess of Glass on the corner of Lowry Ave North and Penn Ave North in Minneapolis

September 1-September 30: Group Show titled “Rebuild” in the NorthPoint Center on the corner of Penn Ave North and Plymouth Ave North.


  1. I would like to see your artwork here or exhibited on the west coast where I could see it up close n personal. But I’ll settle for seeing it online first.

  2. Chris, would love to see some of your pieces on your web site!

  3. I am very much looking forward to your reading in Fargo. Congratulations on your first novel, and on the outstanding reviews!

  4. Great line up. We will be linking to this great article on our site. Keep up the good writing.

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