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Travel Bug

Join me for a reading and book signing at Travel Bug on August 3 at 5:00 PM. A lively conversation sure to be part of the evening!

Saturday, August 3, 5:00 PM

Travel Bug Specialty Book Store, Coffee Shop and Taproom

839 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501


SOMOS Taos reading

I will read from Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment at the SOMOS Salon in Taos. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 11


108 Civic Plaza Drive

Taos, NM

Time TBD


Furman University

Craft talk and reading for creative writing students at Furman University, Greenville, SC

September 27-28

Time TBD

Western Literature Association Conference

"How Much Can a Bag Hold?" is an essay from Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment. This essay tells the story of the two men who appeared out of the desert, hungry and thirsty, at my home in the Chiricahua Mountains on the borders of Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. Knowing that my neighbors on the adjacent forty acres were watching and that it was a felony to aid a person crossing into the country illegally, I filled their empty milk jug with water and gave them what I thought they could carry across a summer desert: food that didn't need to be cooked or refrigerated or opened with a can opener. The essay recounts the history of laws from the Regan administration in 1986 to the wars on drugs waged by George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Felipe Calderón. It takes a personal look at the decisions people living on the southern border need to face when border issues presented themselves literally in their backyards. After reading an excerpt from this essay, I look forward to a lively conversation with the audience about a subject that is more nuanced and carries more subtleties than might be expected.


Oct. 2 - 5 (exact time and date TBD)

El Conquistador Hotel

Tucson, AZ


CCA Community Reading Series

Join the Center for Contemporary Arts for the June event featuring New Mexico state poet laureate Lauren Camp, prose writer Jamie Figueroa, poet Natachee Momaday Gray, and me. We will be reading in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe at 5pm Saturday, June 1. This event is free, although there is a $5 to $10 suggested donation. The Community Reading Series is curated by former Santa Fe poet laureate Elizabeth Jacobson.


Saturday, June 1

5:00 pm


1050 Old Pecos Trail

Santa Fe, NM


Edition ONE Gallery

Renata Golden will read from Mountain Time: A FIeld Guide to Astonishment at Edition ONE Gallery

I will be reading and signing my new essay collection Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment at Edition ONE Gallery in partnership with the Santa Fe International Literary Festival. Join us Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 at 729 Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Bring your best questions!


Thursday, May 16, 5:30 PM

729 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, NM 

Borderlands Literature and Film Circle

BLFC presents a conversation with Renata Golden, author of Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment

May 8, 2024

10:00 AM Mountain Time


Join a Zoom call to hear Renata in conversation with Rita Cantu talking about Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment. Click this link to register: https://bca.app.neoncrm.com/eventReg.jsp?event=3658&

Friends of Newport State Park/Newport Wilderness Society

Nature writing workshop for Write On, Door County in collaboration with the Friends of Newport State Park/Newport Wilderness Society in Door County, Wisconsin. Join us to be inspired by maps of migration to write poetry, prose, or anything else you might imagine!

Tuesday, May 7

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Garcia Street Books reading

Come to Garcia Street Books in Santa Fe on Saturday, March 30 at 4:30 PM for a Mountain Time reading, conversation, and book signing.

Garcia Street Books

376 Garcia Street

Santa Fe, NM

Cline's Corner radio show

Listen in to Cline's Corner on Friday, March 22 on KSFR 101.1 FM or to the live stream at the same time on ksfr.org. Renata will join host Lynn Cline for a conversation about Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment. It is sure to be a lively discussion.

A podcast will be available after the show airs.

Valle del Oro Bird Walk and Book Talk

Join me Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 PM for a conversation about Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment followed by a bird walk through the refuge. On the Rio Grande just south of Albuquerque, NM, Valle del Oro Natioanl Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of raptors, sparrows, and other passerines. Bring your binoculars! 

Mountain Time book launch!

Excited to announce the launch of Mountain Time at Bookworks in Albuquerque as part of the Writing the Wild series in partnership with the Leopold Writing Program. The program starts at 6:00 with an introduction and then a reading from one of my essays. (Which essay would you like to hear - the one about prairie dog language? my eight-snake day? slave-making ants? Write to me and let me know!) Q&A to follow, and then a book signing and conversation. Hope to see you there!

Here are the details:


4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM

March 15, 2024

6:00 PM

Part of the proceeds from the event will go to support the Leopold Writing Program.

Tucson Festival of Books

Book signing at Booth #264

I will be signing copies of Mountain Time March 10 at 2:00 at the Border Community Alliance booth #264. Stop by if you're in Tucson!

AWP 2024

Hope to see you at AWP in Kansas City February 6 - 9! 

  • Thursday, Feb 8 6:00 to 7:30 PM, Kirk Family YMCA, Downtown Kansas City: Terrain.org 25th Anniversary Reading
  • Friday, Feb 9 10:00 AM, Terrain.org table, Book Fair: Book signing for Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment 
  • Friday, Feb 9 1:45 to 3:00 PM, Room 2104A: "When the Land Speaks: How We Strive to Listen for Language While Out in Nature" panel discussion with Sean Hill, CMarie Furman, and Petra Kuppers, moderated by Allen Gee. 
  • Friday, Feb 9 4:00 to 5:00 PM, UGA Press table, Book Fair: Book signing for Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment 

Live from Storyknife: June 2023

Live from Storyknife: June 20 7:00 until 8:00 pm Alaska time

AWP 2023 Conference March 8 - 11, Seattle WA

Join Allen Gee, CMarie Fuhrman, Petra Kuppers, Sean Hill, and myself for a conversation on Writing the Body as Landscape: How We See and Imagine Ourselves as Wilderness.


Thursday, March 9, 2023 12:10 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. Rooms 335-336, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3

Book launch for First & Wildest: The Gila Wilderness at 100 

Torrey House Press and WildEarth Guardians are launching First & Wildest: The Gila Wilderness at 100 at Garcia Street Books In Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, May 12 at 5 PM MT.  The anthology celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness. The Greater Gila is one of the West's last biggest chunks of wild land with incredible potential to benefit the human spirit. Publication date is April 26, 2022.


It is my pleasure to invite you to join editor Elizabeth Hightower Allen, WildEarth Guardians, and my fellow anthology contributors for a reading and conversation.


Birds of the Chiricahua Mountains

Santa Fe, NM Wednesday, 14 April 2021 7:00 PM MDT Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society


Renata Golden will talk about the birds of southeastern Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains and the best places to see them. In addition to Cave Creek Canyon, learn about lesser-known spots such as Horseshoe, Sulphur, and Whitetail Canyons. She will also share information on the results of Christmas Bird Counts in the Chiricahuas over the last 20 years.


Come hear Renata share insider tips on birding in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, the subject of her next book - an essay collection on the critters who call the Chiricahuas home. 

New from Cornell University Press

When Birds Are Near, an anthology of essays and poetry edited by Susan Fox Rogers, was published by Cornell University Press in October 2020. Available now at your favorite local bookstore. Click the image of the cover to link to mine.


September 29, 2018

"Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty" reading and book signing