ReadOut Festival (Gulfport, FL)


The Backroom




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Murder by Zoom


Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter

What Place Has Place in Fiction?

A Presentation



GCLS Virtual Conference

July 25- Panel: Art Imitating Life: Harder Truths and
Not-so-Happy Endings 7-7:55 p.m.  ET

July 30-Panel Moderator:  It’s Never Too Late  4-4:55 p.m. ET

National Women’s Music Festival

July 2, 2021Criminally Lesfic nwmf






June is Busting Out with PRIDE MONTH

June  1
Lambda Literary Awards
7-9 p.m. ET
Free Tickets
June 2, 7 p.m. ET
Not Your Mother’s Lesbian Fiction
Clexacon Virtual Panel
Lynn Ames
Rachel Gold
Rachel Spangle
Barbara Ann Wright
June 3  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Celebrate Pride with 5 LGBTQ Writers
Once Upon a Crime Bookstore
Hosted by: Jessie Chandler
w/ Nicolas DiDomizio
Robyn Gigl
Cheryl A. Head
Ellen Hart
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June 8
Sisters in Crime
Writing Authentic Queer Lives
moderated by Edwin Hill
Panelists: John Copenhaver, Robyn Gigl, Cheryl Head, Mia Manansala
7-8:30 p.m. ET
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June 15  
MWA Norcal /San Francisco Public Library
Queer Mystery Writers
Hosted by Michael Nava
w/Cheryl Head
Greg Herren
Dharma Kelleher
P.J. Vernon
10-11 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
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Friday, June 18 2 p.m. ET

LGBTQ and Diversity Representation in Crime Fiction – Author Talk with Cheryl Head

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library (Alexandria, VA)


June 29
Book Launch
June 28-July 10
Virtual X-treme CrimeFest  (craft advice from 200 crime writers)
In Conversation w/ Noelle Holton
Building Suspense
See schedule for details
X-Treme CraftFest (Noelle Holten and Cheryl Head)

July 2021
July 2  3 p.m. ET
National Women’s Music Festival 
Mystery Writers Panel
Moderator: Elizabeth Andersen w/
Katherine V. Forrest
Ellen Hart
Cheryl Head
Penny Mickelbury
JM Redmann
Saturday, July 17, 2 p.m.
Mystery Writers of America-Florida Chapter
Place as Character
GCLS Virtual Con
Panel:  Sunday, July 25, 7 p.m. ET
Panel:  Saturday, July 31 4 p.m. ET
SandSinners2021 ReadOUT
Panels, and Readings

Friday, February 26, 2021 

6:00pm-6:30pm EST  (Pre-recorded)

Ellen Levy / Lesbian Historical Fiction Writers with Elena Graf and Cheryl Head

Sunday, February 28, 2021 

4:30pm-6:00pm EST (Live) 

Jean Redmann / Women of Mystery with Katherine Forrest, Carsen Taite, Cheryl Head, and Jessie Chandler ​


Saints and Sinners Festival

Saturday, February 27, 2021 1 p.m. ET (live panel)

Remembering Who We Are: Writers During Uncertain Times 

Crimes of the Heart/Mystery Writers  (TBD)


January 6, 2021
GCLS Book Club Members Ony
Find Me When I’m Lost
8 p.m. ET
January 9, 2021
Girls Write Now workshop
January 19, 2021
San Francisco Public Library
Black Crime Writers Panel
 Celebrating the Past: Looking Toward the FutureSFPL event 1-19
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2020 Events 



Bouchercon  October 15-18, 2020   Sacramento, CA

August 2020

July 2020

Book 5 Launch!      Find Me When I’m Lost       July 28, 2020


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Golden Crown Literary Society-Virtual Con

June 2020

Readings:  June 25, 2020


June 26, 2020Queer Noir at the Bar

July 2020

Book 5 Launch!      Find Me When I’m Lost       July 28, 2020





October/November 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Noir at the Bar-October 2019

October 31-November 1, 2019

Bouchercon–Dallas Texas


The Writer’s Center in Bethesda

November 17 3-4:30 p.m.      JMWIW

Join authors Cheryl Head (Judge Me When I’m Wrong)Tara Laskowski (One Night Gone) and Vanessa Lillie (Little Voices) with moderator Angie Kim to discuss their newly released crime fiction!


September 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019


July 2019

July 12-14 GCLS Conference, Pittsburgh, PAPanels : Thursday, July 11

10:30 a.m. The Beta Reading Path to Diverse Stories

2:40 p.m. Kick Ass Crime Solvers

Author Showcase:  Saturday, July 13

8:00 a.m. Readings from GCLS Mystery Writers


Friday July 12, 2019  Book Store Event-Pittsburgh

Reading with author, Paula Martinac

White Whale Books

4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  7 p.m.

August 2019

OutWrite  Washington, DC

Saturday August 4, 2019  Time TBD

Panel Moderator: Inside/Out Crime:  Queer Gumshoes, Detectives & Rapscallions

w/ Mystery writers: John Copenhaver, Kristen Lepionka, Meredith Doench,                Ann Aptaker, and Catherine Maiorisi

Outwrite 2019

[Details coming soon]

Previous Events

May 2019

May 3-5, 2019    Malice Domestic


Like last year, I’m listed as an Attending Author, but I’m participating as an avid fan of the mystery genre, and to cheer on my friends, and fellow authors.

June 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Lez Read Book Club @ Politics & Prose Bookstore

5015 Connecticut Ave, NW 20008 @ 7 p.m.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Drunken! Careening! Writers!  Reading Series

KGB Bar,  85 E. 4th Street New York, NY  7 p.m.

Drunken! Careening! Writers! is a reading series based on the proposition that readings should be by 1) good writers; 2) who read their work well; and 3) something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts).

April 2019

April 12  Book Reading- Women’sFest in Rehoboth, MD  Women'sFest2019 (2)

April 18, 2019  Writer’s Day at Flint Hill School  Oakton, VA

Saturday, April 27, 2019 DC Author Festival @ Library of Congress

Panel Discussion:

Mystery, historical fiction, and science fiction, Oh My: Writing Specific Genres.

March 29-31, 2019   Saints and Sinners Literary Festival  New Orleans, LA

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Moderator:  Dykes to Watch Out For: Words of Wisdom

(Dorothy Allison, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Judy Grahn)

Inside the Writer’s Studio:  Cheryl Head and J.M. Redmann

March 2019

March 22-24 Murder and Mayhem  Chicago, IL  Read Here


MWA-U  Sunday, March 24, 2019   11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Workshop Leader  Character, not Caricature: Writing People Who Aren’t Like You

February 2019

Gulfport ReadOut

February 15-17, 2019 Gulfport ReadOut Gulfport, Florida


February 19, 2019 Women with Pride Book Club  Dallas, TX

January 2019

January 4, 2019    Vancouver Lesbian Salon  /Skype Discussion

January 5, 2019  East City Bookshop-Washington, DC


November 2018

November 29, 2018  New York City, NY

Crime for the Holidays

October 20, 2018

October 20, 2018  East of the River Book Festival, Washington, DC


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I’m excited to be attending my first Bouchercon in beautiful


Vinoy Hotel, St. Petersburg, FL

August 2018

Book Launch Events

Wake Me When It’s Over Michigan Book Tour

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -6-7:30 p.m. Wilder Branch Library-Detroit

7140 E. 7 Mile Road, Detroit, MI

Thursday, August 23, 2018-6 p.m. Pages Bookstore

19560 Grand River Avenue, Detroit MI

Reading with R.J .Fox

Friday, August 24, 2018-Noon Elmwood Park Branch Library

550 Chene, Detroit, MI

Saturday, August 25, 2018

2 p.m.  Everybody Reads Bookstore, 2019 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI

6 p.m. Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun Court, Ann Arbor, MI

Pages Book Shop Sign

Myster panel Outwrite 2018

August 4, 2018

OutWrite LGBT Literary Festival

Outwrite writing black and queer


July 2018

July 4-8, 2018

Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Conference

The premier lesbian literary event in the U.S.

Author Reading


Author Signing

GCLS Vegas

Recent Events

Malice Domestic

Bethesda, MD April 27-29

Malice Domestic logoI’m listed as an Attending Author, but I’m participating as an avid fan of the mystery genre, and these exceptional writers, and television sleuths.

April 2018

                   Camp Rehoboth Women’sFest    April 12-15, 2018
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@ the Atlantic Sands Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

March 2018

AWP 18  (Association of Writer’s and Writing Programs)

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“Nothing Can Happen Nowhere: The Craft of Setting in LGBTQ-Themed Fiction”

This panel explores how fiction writers negotiate place for their LGBTQ characters

Paula Martinac (moderator – UNC Charlotte)
Serkan Gorkemli (University of Connecticut)
Cheryl Head (Bywater Books author, Washington, D.C.)
Amy Hoffman (Women’s Review of Books-Wellesley Centers for Women)
Carter Sickels (Eastern Kentucky University)

The L Word: Fiction Edition

Sunday, March 11, 2018 1 to 3 pmWordier Than Thou
The Queens Head
2501 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
Visiting authors Stefani Deoul, Cheryl Head and Rachel Spangler will join local writers Alison Solomon, Elizabeth Sims and Gale Massey for this event, which will feature readings from their work, and conversations about publishing and the creative process.

Hosted by: Wordier Than Thou

This is a free event. Books will be available to purchase.

15th Annual Saints and Sinners  Literary Festival

March 23-25, 2018BSB-SaintsSinners2014

Saturday, March 24, 2018  1 p.m.

  •  Historical Fiction: Once Upon a Time

How do we write historical fiction with ease and grace, creating a world for the reader that doesn’t sound like a textbook?

Sunday, March 25, 2018 11:30 a.m.

  • Your Genre Comfort Zone or Sticking Point

Does genre writing become too easy a way for others to characterize your writing and pigeonhole your career?

  • Saints and Sinners Reading Series  1 p.m.

February 2018

Black History Month at the DC Public Library

LWHbookcoverThe lives of WWII Negro Soldiers on the Home Front

Presentation/Readings from:

Long Way Home: A World War II Novel

by Cheryl A. Head

Maj. Charity E. Adams and Cpt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect women of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion

Maj. Charity E. Adams and Capt. Abbie N. Campbell inspect women of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion


Anacostia Neighborhood Library

1800 Good Hope Road SE

Washington, DC 20020

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @6:30 p.m.

2017 Events

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Women’s Week

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1-2:30 p.m.

Reading from: Bury Me When I’m Dead
Location: Provincetown Library (with Bywater Books authors)

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m.

Panel: “Building Tensions”
Location: Provincetown Library (with Bywater Books authors)

Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:45-12:45

Panel Moderator: “A Little Something Sweet”
Authors: Rachel Spangler, Georgia Beers, Marianne Martin, Lynn Ames

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Reading from Upcoming Book: Wake Me When It’s Over
Location: Provincetown Library (with various authors)

Previous Writing Events:

August 2017

Reading: Outwrite Conference, Washington DC, Saturday, August 5, 2017

Discussion: Politics and Prose Lez Talk Book Club

Washington, DC, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Discussion: People Called Women Book Club

Toledo, OH, Friday, August 18, 2017

July 2017

Reading & Panel, GCLS Conference, Chicago, July 6-9 2017

June 2017

Lambda Literary Awards Gala, New York City, June 12, 2017

Discussion: Albuquerque Book Club, June 18, 2017