Appearances & Events

Five years ago I was asked to write a homecoming poem to honor members of the Oregon National Guard as they returned from the largest overseas deployment since World War II. The poem was to support the Military Family Scholarship Endowment at Clackamas Community College.

As I transcribed the words of the Guard members I’d interviewed in order to write the poem, I realized that a single one page poem could not capture the deep experiences shared by the service members and their families. With permission from the interviewees, I edited 12 hours of recordings into 20 minutes of prose poetry using the words of the people I’d interviewed. This became a ten part homecoming prose poem called "Voices of the Guard."

As Clackamas Community College approaches its 50th anniversary this year, I’m returning to Oregon to share “Voices of the Guard” with the community in a series of readings in the Portland metro area. Following the readings, "Voices of the Guard" will be available for download through the CCC Foundation website,

“Voices of the Guard” would not have been possible without the strong partnership between Clackamas Community College, The Oregon National Guard, and the community that serves veterans.

To arrange a speaking engagement or reading for Frances Richey, please contact her at

Past Appearances

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 — PORTLAND, OR

American Legion Post 134
Fran Richey poetry reading
2104 N.E. Alberta
Portland, OR 97211

Thursday, February 4, 2016 — OREGON CITY, OR

Clackamas Community College
Poetry reading in the Literary Arts Center, Rook Hall, Room 220
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045

Thursday, February 4, 2016 — CLACKAMAS, OR

Camp Withycombe
Richey will read from "Voices of the Guard" before the Oregon Humanities auditorium
15300 Minuteman Way
Clackamas, OR 97015

Sunday, May 20, 2012 — NEW YORK, NY

3:00 pm
Reading with Donna Baier Stein sponsored by Tiferet Magazine
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, NY

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 — OREGON CITY, OR

12:00 pm
Poetry Reading
Clackamas Community College
McLoughlin Auditorium
19600 Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Contact: Rita Shaw, English Department
Phone: 503-594-3254

Friday, November 13, 2009 —SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY

7:30 pm
Fouth Annual Veteran's Day Reading: Poets and Writers on War and Peace
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Sleepy Hollow, NY
For more information call 914-332-5953 or log onto
Featured speakers: Frances Richey and Dennis Nurkse
Q&A, book signing, Wine and Cheese
This reading is part of The Slapering Hol Press Friday Cafe Readings

$5.00 admission ($3.00 for HVWC members)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 — BELLINGHAM, WA

Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: Nan Macy, Events Co-ordinator
Phone: 360-733-1599

Monday, April 6, 2009 —NEW YORK, NY

6:00 pm
In Celebration of National Poetry Month | Academy of American Poets Event
The New York Public Library/Mulberry Street Branch in the Main Reading Room
10 Jersey Street (one block south of Houston between Mulberry and Lafayette Sts.)
New York, NY 10012-3332
Frances Richey will be reading with J.D. McClatchy and Akilah Oliver.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

November 11, 2008—NEW YORK, NY

Time TBA
Baruch College
New York, NY
Location on campus TBA

October 15, 2008—MIDDLETOWN, NY

115 South St.
Middletown, NY
Gilman Center on campus

September 18, 2008—ST. BONAVENTURE, NY

Thomas Merton Center of the Campus Ministry at St. Bonaventure University
3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY
This reading is being co-sponsored by the Olean Public Library and the Political Science Department at St. Bonaventure University

Saturday, May 3 2008 — SAN FRANCISCO

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 9492

Friday, May 2, 2008 — SAN FRANCISCO

Books Inc at Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, May 1, 2008— SEATTLE

Elliot Bay
101 S. Main Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Wednesday, April 30, 2008— COLORADO SPRINGS

Colorado College
902 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80946

Tuesday, April 29, 2008— DENVER

Tattered Cover
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Monday, April 28, 2008— CHICAGO

123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540

Sunday, April 27, 2008—CHICAGO

Barnes & Noble
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
Talk/Reading, Q&A and Signing
For more information, contact Mary Anne Diehl, 847-676-2230

Thursday, April 24, 2008— ATLANTA

Margaret Mitchell House
990 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Wednesday, April 23, 2008— RALEIGH

Quail Ridge
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607

Tuesday, April 22—, 2008 BOSTON

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Tuesday, April 22, 2008— WASHINGTON, DC

11:30am - 1:30pm
English Speaking Union
Woman’s National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Talk/Reading, Q&A and Signing
Reservations can be made by calling Mark Olshaker at 202-234-4602

Wednesday, April 16, 2008— NEW YORK, NY

Barnes & Noble / Upper West Side
2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

Tuesday, April 8, 2008—FORT BRAGG

Special Forces Senior Spouse Conference
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Tuesday, April 15, 2008— WEST POINT

United States Military Academy at West Point
West Point, NY 10996