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(598KB PDF).

Oct. 2, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
Words Move Mountains

The Wilson House
68 High Street
Malden, MA 02148

An evening of spoken word and music with Kentucky native CD Collins and musical guests.

CD Collins: Spoken word and vocals
Dave Weigert: Percussion and vocals
Santon: Piano and vocals
Sandy Zaragoza: Guitar

This is a drug and alcohol-free event.

First and Last Word Poetry poster

Sept. 20, 2022, 7:00–9:30 p.m.
First and Last Word Poetry Series

Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
(between Davis and Union Squares)
Somerville, MA 02144

CD is the featured poet.

March 22, 29, April 5, and 12, 2022, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Courageous Poetry — A Poetry-Writing Workshop

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(74KB PDF).

CD is the instructor for this 4-session workshop offered by Urban Media Arts in collaboration with Malden Reads, open to all members of the Malden, Mass., community. Space is limited. No former poetry-writing experience is necessary to participate in this workshop, just an openness to experimenting with the art form. Urban Media Arts and Malden Reads.

Get more information or register here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
"Writing From the Inside Out" Virtual Storytelling Event

Some of CD's students will read pieces they wrote in a workshop led by CD in collaboration with Urban Media Arts (formerly MATV) and Malden Reads.

Register here.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, 7:30–8:45 p.m.
"Where I'm From" Virtual Storytelling Event

Some of CD's poetry students will read poems they wrote about where they are from, including Haiti; St. Petersburg, Russia; Iran; and Venezuela. You must pre-register for this free event. The poems were created in a workshop led by CD in collaboration with Urban Media Arts (formerly MATV) and Malden Reads.

Register here.

Storytellers Cafe

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 8:00–9:15 p.m.
Storyteller's Cafe

A virtual cafe featuring students from the Stories Only You Can Tell workshop.

Presented by Urban Media Arts (formerly MATV) and the Mass Cultural Council

Get more information or register here.

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2020, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Stories Only You Can Tell: Personal Storytelling Workshop

Stories Only You Can Tell Download flyer
(5.69KB PDF).

CD leads this workshop, in which students learn professional writing and speaking skills and enjoy connecting with a group.

Sponsored by MATV and the Mass Cultural Council

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
CD Collins Featured at StorySpace

Havurat Shalom
113 College Avenue (near Davis Square)
Somerville, MA 02144

There is an $8 requested donation.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
CD reads from her novel Afterheat

CD Collins at The Carnegie Center, Lexington,
                  Kentucky, Jan. 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Download full-size poster
(2.1MB PDF).

The event that sparks this semi-autobiographical novel is a gas pipeline explosion. Reading the book, CD reveals the dangers of pipelines and the human consequences of their frequent failures.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A and discussion about CD's personal experience with pipelines, the recent victories for pipeline opposition (Dakota Access, Bluegrass Pipeline) and why the fight must continue. Free and open to the public.

The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
Stuart Room
251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY
(859) 254-4175


Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

CD release party - Night Animals poster

CD release party for Night Animals

Performance followed by a reception
Special guests: Argentine Tango
Event is free and open to the public.

GatewayRegional Arts Center
101 East Main Street
Mt. Sterling, KY

Wednesday June 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Malden Cultural Council presents
Grant-Recipient CD Collins
reading from her new novel Afterheat.
Reading followed by Q&A and book signing

Malden Public Library
6:30 pm Maccario Room
36 Salem Street Malden MA
Phone (781) 324-0218
EVENT FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC — photo by Babette Meyers.

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:30 p.m.

Poetry Jam
Lizard Lounge
1667 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
More information

Tuesday April 26, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

TV appearance: "Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer"

CDwill be interviewed by host Doug Holder.
Watch a video of the interview.

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

BostonNational Poetry Month Festival
CD will read accompanied by music as part of the segment featuring five established poets.

Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon
700 Boylston St.
Boston, Massachusetts

Friday, Jan. 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

CD will read from her novel, Afterheat.

Clark County Public Library
370 S. Burns Ave.
Winchester, Kentucky

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Wild Writers presents the Canadian launch of C.D.'s novel Afterheat.

Poetry Jazz Café
224 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5T2L6

October 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

An afternoon of readings by CD Collins, Diane Fraser, and Kate Wallace Rogers.

AMP: Art Market Provincetown
148 Commercial St,
Provincetown, Massachusetts
More information

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

CD will read from her new novel, Afterheat.

GatewayRegional Arts Center
101 East Main Street
Mt. Sterling, KY

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

CD Collins and Santon at Malden Public Library

CD and Santon perform selections — poetry, songs, and stories set to music — from their upcoming album NightAnimals.

The Ryder Art Gallery
Malden Public Library
36 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

For more information, call (617) 304-2939 or (781) 324-0218.

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 1:15 p.m.

Touching Experience

CD and Santon will present a performance of spoken word and music in three parts.

Beebe Estate
235 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6:45 p.m.

Story Space
Out of the Blue Too Gallery
541 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA (in Central Square)

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Free Concert

First Parish in Malden
Unitarian Universalist Church
2 Elm Street
Malden, MA 02148

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Night Animals: Collaborative Imaginings of Word, Note, and Lens

CD, Santon, and Ose Manheim invite you to a fundraiser to support the recording of original music, spoken word, and visual art — celebrating the power of imagination to reveal, unite, and heal.

55 Granite Street
Malden, MA
RSVP to (781) 605-8609 or

More information on the collaboration at

CD Collins and Santon at Gateway Regional Arts
                  Center - poster
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(1.3MB PDF).

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

CD and musician Santon in a live performance of music and spoken word.

Gateway Regional Arts Center
101 East Main Street
Mt. Sterling, KY
(859) 498-6264


Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

CD and musician Santon perform live on Malden (Massachusetts) Access Television as part of the Open House Showcase.

Comcast Channel 3 and Verizon 28 in Malden.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

CD reads at the Boston National Poetry Month Festival.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Copley Square

More information

CD Collins
                    California libraries posterSaturday,March 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

CD will perform live.

ArcataBranch Library
500  Seventh Street
Arcata, CA 95521
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Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

CD is the featured performer.

FortunaBranch Library
753 14th Street                
Fortuna, CA 95540  
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Live performance.

TrinidadBranch Library
380 Janis Court.
Trinidad CA 95570

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Free the Poets! Tuesday Night Poetry Series

HumboldtCounty Library
1313  3rd Street
Eureka, CA  95501  
Directionsto the library
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Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

CD will read along with Barry Hellman. Doors open 11:30 a.m. There will be music starting at noon. The poetry begins at 12:45 p.m. Free admission and refreshments.

Plymouth Center for the Arts
11 North Street
Plymouth, MA 02361 
(508) 746-7222

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
The Story Space at Out of the Blue Gallery

CD is the featured storyteller at this event, where seasoned speakers and newcomers alike are welcome to tell their tales. $5.00 requested donation. For more information, visit

The Story Space meets at:

Out of the Blue Gallery
106 Prospect Street (near Central Square)
Cambridge, Mass.

Download the flyer (230K PDF).

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
HONK! Festival

CD will perform a spoken-word piece with the Brass Messengers and dancers from the Dance Complex. Also featured will be Lo Gallucio, Poet Populist of Cambridge.

Jill Brown-Rhone Park
Central Square
Cambridge, Mass.

Moreinformation on HONK!

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
CD release party

Toronto, Ontario

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Irving Street Studios Reception and Performance

CD will read at this opening reception for the Irving Street Studios Exhibit.

Commerce Place
350 Main Street
Malden, Mass.

The exhibit is open to the public though Oct. 4, 2013. It can be seen at the Commerce Place Building during open hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Thursday,Sept. 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Cervena Barva Press Reading Series

CD will read along with Judah Leblang and Kathryn Kulpa|. Admission is $3.00. Reception to follow. Detail about the event and the authors are on the Cervena Barva Press website. The reading will be at:

Arts at the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
Tech@LEAD Pilot Event, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

In collaboration with the Carl and Ruth Shapiro National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH and the Smithsonian Institution, the Center will present Tech@LEAD. Tech@LEAD is a pilot event that will bring together diverse experts and practitioners from a variety of fields, including the arts, education, design, exhibition, media, electronic and information technology, online experiences and mobile and portable device development and manufacture — all to advance the development and application of innovative technologies that support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the cultural life of our world. Tech@LEAD is a by-invitation-only event. More information at the KennedyCenter website.

CD Collins in the news

Interview on At the Women’s Well radio show with Lisa Miller
WLXU 93.9 FM, Lexington, Kentucky, Community Radio
July 30, 2016

“CDCollins and Santon to bring musical touch to arts center”
Mt. Sterling (Kentucky) Advocate

"BurnVictim Writes Book About Pipeline Explosion" (video)

"Authoranalogizes pipeline explosion in latest book"
Central Kentucky News

“Authormeets victims of 1961 pipeline explosion”
Central Kentucky News

“Lanternsset afloat at Lexington park to mark 70th anniversary of WWII atomic bombings”
Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader