Charlottesville Reading Series: Lisa Parker, Jacob Budenz, & Monica Prince

Join New Dominion Bookshop for the November Charlottesville Reading Series event, featuring poet Lisa Parker, writer Jacob Budenz, and poet Monica Prince. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

Lisa Parker is a native Virginian, a poet, a musician, and a photographer. Her first book, This Gone Place, won the 2010 ASA Weatherford Award; her second book, The Parting Glass, won the 2021 Arthur Smith Poetry Prize; and her work is widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Her photography has been on exhibit in NYC and published in several arts journals and anthologies. She has worked in the Department of Defense for nearly twenty years, worked as a first responder for fifteen years, and currently serves as a crisis and disaster response volunteer with Team Rubicon. Some of her work may be found at

Jacob Budenz is a queer author, multi-disciplinary performer, educator, and witch with an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Johns Hopkins whose work focuses broadly on the intersection of otherness and the otherworldly. The author of Tea Leaves (Amble, 2023) and Pastel Witcheries (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018) and the winner of a Baker Innovative Projects Grant for Simaetha: a Dreambaby Cabaret, Budenz has fiction and poetry in print journals including Slipstream and Assaracus, zeitgeisty online publications including Taco Bell Quarterly and Wussy Mag, and anthologies by Mason Jar Press, Unbound Edition, and more. You can follow Jake’s work on Instagram (@dreambabyjake) or

Monica Prince teaches activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She’s the author of Roadmap: A ChoreopoemHow to Exterminate the Black Woman: A ChoreopoemInstructions for Temporary Survival, and Letters from the Other Woman. One of the leading scholars of choreopoems in the country, Prince writes, teaches, and performs choreopoems across the nation. Find out more about her work at