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Literary Legends, First Night State College

State College, PA, December 2004 – 8:00 pm

Invited to join poets and authors known locally, statewide, nationally and internationally as part of First Night State College’s Poetry and Literary Extravaganza.

Pennsylvania Commission On Crime and Delinquency Annual Statewide Pathways Conference

Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park, PA, December 2004

A String of Words and Voices Workshop. Original workshop redesigned for outreach services individuals interested in developing writing workshops for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Seeing Through The Silence: Gallery Talks

Penn State University, University Park Campus, West and East Halls Commons, November and December 2004

Gallery Talks with student photographer/artist-activist Lindsay Keiter to discuss her photography installation addressing sexual assault and rape on exhibit throughout the Penn State University Park Campus. Lindsay’s idea for this activism-oriented installation was developed, in part, in my CAS 497J class, Summer Session 2003.

The 90th Annual National Communication Association Conference

Chicago, IL. November 2004

Dora participated in two programs during the 2004 NCA Conference:

Reconciliation and Restoration as Rhetorical Action for Social Justice
Panel discussion with Stephen Hartnett, Jennifer K. Wood, Lana Marlow, and Lisa Langstraat. I will perform a segment of the poetry performance developed and performed over the last 4 years for the Impact of Violence programs in the Pennsylvania Correctional System.

Prison Communication List Service Group Pre-Conference. 
Daylong pre-conference discussion of objectives and development of the Prison Care communication group for the coming year.

Ancient Mothers Celebration

Fraser Street Church, November 4, 2004, 7:00 pm

A student-developed event, I was asked to be featured speaker, combining poetry and personal experience to address activism as an activity of hope and community.

Poets In Pajamas Reading

Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 120 South Allen St, State College, PA, October 2004

Invited poet to read with Nebula Award-winning novelist Jim Morrow as part of the release party for his most recent book, The Cat’s Pajamas.

And yes, I will be in pajamas! Scottish plaid black watch! With boots!

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

PCADV Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA, September 2004

Combined poetry performance and speech to explore the current status of statewide efforts to prevent and address domestic violence with the 65-person staff of PCADV.

Poets for Peace, 9/11 Reading

State College, PA, Borough Building, September 11, 2004 – 4:00 pm

Co-organized and performed during 9/11 Remembrance Reading, including poets Cecil Giscombe, Julia Kasdorf, Todd Davis, John Haag, Dave Bonta, and Lee Peterson, among others.

A Day In The Life Of A People: Personal Narratives Of 9/11 Play

Penn State University, Pavilion Theatre, 9/11/2004 – noon

Invited to join cast as Nurse Daisy Perkins by playwright, director, and actor Charles Dumas, in honor of 9/11, September 2004

Spoken word to accompany the song “Gas Well” for Erin Condo’s Leaving Songs CD Debut

Singer-Songwriter Erin Condo’s debut, Leaving Songs, includes a track called “Gas Well”, for which I wrote and performed the accompanying spoken word piece that you can hear throughout the song. This CD of Erin’s, which was produced by Bob Klotz and Bill Wilgus, offers guest appearances of many of the best musicians in State College, PA, and is a tribute to community effort and support of Erin and her talent.
Check out the song “Gas Well” at
Check out Erin at

The Impact of Domestic Violence: Combined Speech and Performance of original poetry

Downtown Conference Center, Altoona, PA, July 2004

Invited speaker/poet to address domestic violence and my path from victim to activist. Sponsored by the Blair County Commissioners, Family Services of Blair County, the Domestic Abuse Project, and the Eighteenth Street Community Church.

5:00 PM Live News Interview

WTAJ Channel 10 News, Blair County, PA, July 2004

Live interview to discuss countywide resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence, preceding speech at Altoona Conference Center.

Altoona Talk Live Interview

Cable Access Legal Affairs Program, Blair County, PA, July 2004

Live interview to discuss legalities of domestic violence cases and countywide resources for victims, preceding speech at Altoona Conference Center.

WORDSTOCK: State College’s Annual Festival of Language

All around State College this year! July 2004

Readings for a variety of events as featured poet and host – please check the website to check all events, and my schedule, as well. I am performing, hosting, serving as Slam Master and offering workshops!

The NeoSpinsters World Premiere of Second Wind International Poetry and Sexuality Conference

Stirling University, Scotland, July 2004.

Dora, NeoSpinster co-founder Pat Payne and Neo-Spinster member Reina Prado as Santa Perversa premiere their new show Second Wind as a featured event of this international conference in Stirling, Scotland.

Impact of Violence Programs in Pennsylvania Maximum Security Correctional Institutions for Men

1. Rockview Institution, Impact of Sexual Assault and Abuse.

2. Houtzdale Institution, Impact of Partner and Child Abuse, including Sexual Abuse.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference: The Journey to End Violence Against Women: The History of Our Walk and the Path Ahead

Wilmington, DE. May 2004

1. Keynote address: The History of The Battered Women’s Movement. With Susan Kelly-Dreiss, Director and Co-founder of the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, combining original poetry and speech.

2. Sole design and facilitation of two original 75-minute workshops:

A String of Words and Voices Workshop and

Empowering the Victim: Writing as a Means of Healing Workshop.

Both programs developed for program-facilitators interested in implementing writing workshops for victims and survivors of violence.

3. Live performance of original readings from the scorched earth during luncheon.

Dora returns to Take Note with Patty Satalia for ONE WOMAN’S VOICE television debut

WPSX-TV (channel 3 in PA)

Click to watch the show: v=I-dSIK5RapA

Dora returns to Take Note for a 30-minute feature interview, including the complete showing of the short film One Woman’s Voice by Kate Bogle, documenting Dora’s combined roles poet, activist, teacher and survivor, and her efforts to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. The feature will air on WPSX-TV:

Sunday April 4 – 11:30 pm
Saturday April 10 – 12:30 am
Sunday April 25 – 6:30 pm
Wednesday April 28 – 10:30 pm

The State College Local Renaissance Earth Day Community Celebration

Fraser Street Park, State College, PA, April 2004

Invited Feature Poet to perform and host community poetry reading in honor of Earth Day.

Take Back The Night Rally and March

Penn State University, Steps of Old Main, April 23, 2004 – 6:00 pm

Final speaker/performer during the opening rally and Concluding speaker at end of evening events.

SLAM Master for the Penn State Womyn’s Concerns Slam For the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C., April 25, 2004

Wednesday March 3, 9:30 pm, Penn State West Halls Study Lounge

Coalition of Pennsylvania Crime Victims Organizations (COPCVO) Annual Rally In Honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA, April 2004

Speaking with Centre County District Attorney, Ray Gricar

The NeoSpinsters Spring 2004 Tour!

Dates for shows for the all-female performance group, which I co-founded with Pat Payne, including performance artists and poets Reina Prado and Evie Shockley.

March 2004 NeoSpinsters Tour:

HOUSEWORKS! with Laura Myers, Brooklyn, NY

Feature Poets at Bowery Poetry Club/Team Urbana, New York City, NY.

Feature Poets at Bar 13! Union Square Slam Team, New York City, NY.

Featured Artists, Celebration of Women in The Arts Showcase, Penn State University, March 2004

Spring Creek Slam Team, at Zenos’ Pub

Corner of Allen St and College Ave, Sunday February 8 – 4:30 pm sign-ups

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