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Events and classes in 2019

Wed. Jan. 16, 2019

"Word Salad." Courtyard and Cellar.  Decorah, Iowa.  6:45pm signup; 7:00pm show.

Come to the brand-spanking new open mic series, Word Salad, hosted by June!  We're gathering in the cozy basement.  Bring along your poetry, stories, or spoken word.  This is the inaugural event!  Then it will continue every 3rd Wed. of the month.  (Upcoming dates:  Feb. 20, March 20, April 16, May 15...)

Word salad:  "Locally sourced. Sometimes fresh."

Tues. Feb. 26

Slamburg, Hamburg, Germany.

June Melby is the featured poet at the long-running Slamburg monthly poetry slam, hosted by Tina Eubel and Hartmut Pospeich.  (It might be the 6th time she has featured at Slamburg since her first European tour in Jan. 2000 with Brendan Constantine.)

June 23 - 28, 2019

Weeklong writing retreat: "A Hedonistic Week of Creative Indulgence (for your muse)"

University of Iowa Summer Writers Festival

Start thinking of summer!  June will be teaching a much-raved-about weeklong class on creativity in Iowa City. You'll write more and better than you thought possible (or just have a really really good time.) It's her favorite writing class -- ever-- to teach.  Registration will begin in late Jan. or early Feb. 

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"The Story of the Tree Bark" -- a very short fairy tale that takes place on a farm, was just published in Ilanot Review, and you can read it there. 


June has an essay about Ants that is a semi-finalist for the Creative Nonfiction contest in The Offbeat, a journal from Michigan State (and waiting to hear the results...)

New poems and pieces have been accepted and are forthcoming:
Wisconsin Public Radio, "Wisconsin Life" (to air during "Morning Edition")
Spank the Carp, a super cool journal


June 11, 2018, Dragonfly Books, Decorah, IA
June Melby and Keith Lesmeister team up once again to amaze and confound.

May 14, 2018. Worcester, MA.Dirty Gerund

March 13, 2018. Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont. Los Angeles, CA.

March 14, 2018. Ugly Mug, Orange, CA
June is featuring at the long-running series.