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Promotion and
You Came Back
When / Where:

April 2020 | Alaska (virtual)

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Promotion and You Came Back in Anchorage Community Theatre's short play festival, rehearsed and presented virtually.  

Code Red: Faith
When / Where:

April 2020| New Jersey

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Presented by Mystic Vision Players. Featuring Family. (postponed)


Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way
When / Where:

October 2019 | Iowa State U.


​Presented by ISU Theatre in partnership with The EcoTheatre Lab and the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment, as well as Ames Public Library and Parks Library.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
A Step Toward the Light Charissa Menefee
When / Where:

March 2020| San Antonio

Moderator, "“Reclaiming the Theatre Writer’s Role in Social Justice Issues.” 

AWP 2019: Portland

Panel Chair, "The Emerging Eco-Theatre."  Featuring playwrights Elaine Romero, E. M. Lewis, Tira Palmquist, and Paula Cizmar.


Forthcoming: It Rains in My Sun Room, Finishing Line Press


Now available: "Sentry" and "To a Young Mother" in Missed Calls and Other Poetry.

Forthcoming: "Tiny Portraits of Men" in Pirene's Fountain. 

Forthcoming: "Get the Story" in Footnote. 

Forthcoming: "Hovering," "Alien," "Entrances and Exits" in Switchgrass. 

New! "The Poet Parents" in Plainsongs.

Forthcoming: "I am trying to remember when you remembered me" in The British Journal of Psychiatry.

Grounds for Play is in the new edition of Some Scripts Literary Magazine.

​​When I Stopped Counting is available from Finishing Line Press and independent booksellers, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million.  

Four poems in Surprised by Joy, a beautiful new anthology from Wising Up Press.

In the News, special edition of The Poeming Pigeon, features the poem, "The First Turkey You Pardoned."

Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Commended Poem,

"I am trying to remember when you remembered me," in the 2016 Hippocrates Prize AnthologyOrder 2016 Anthology

Pretty Lucky is featured in Smith & Kraus' new anthology, 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler. 

Downstairs Charissa Menefee
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
When / Where:

August 2019| Orlando

Panel Chair, “Eco-Theatre: Creating a Scene for Social and Environmental Change.”

Presenter, “Training for a Changing Landscape: Integrating Civic Engagement in Theatre Education.”

ATHE 2018, Boston

Presenter, “Revolutionizing Cross-Collaborative Efforts for Social Change through

Theatre On and Off Campus.”

Presenter, “Interactive Pedagogy: Using Acting and Improvisation Techniques in the Playwriting Course.”

Menefee with alum Matty Layne Glasgow at AWP

With poet and MFA alum Matty Layne Glasgow in Portland at the AWP conference.

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