July Westhale

July Westhale is a writer, educator, and adoptee. She was born in Arizona, but has lived largely in California, and has been in Oakland for the last ten years. She has her hand in many pots: teaching Creative Writing, working in reproductive health/patient advocacy, and writing to pay rent. She writes expansively in several genres (YA, Creative Nonfiction, Journalism), but her crux is always poetry. Her work largely deals with the intersections between personal and global trauma, class, place, and ideas of home—in landscapes and in people. She is constantly reconciling the disparity between academia and the poor/working class, and engaging in larger conversations about breaking down borders between the two.

She is the author of The Cavalcade, a chapbook, through Finishing Line Press, and Occasionally Accurate Science, a children’s book of collective nouns, forthcoming from Nomadic Press. She is working on several other projects at present, and also paints, makes comics, and embroiders.

She is a regular contributor at The Establishment, and her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post. Her essays have been nominated for The Best of the Net, and Best American Essays. Her most recent poetry can be found in burntdistrict, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, Quarterly West, and PRISM International.

Trailer Trash is her first full-length poetry book, and has been made possible through generous grants and residencies from Dickinson House, the Vermont Studio Center, the Tom and Evelyn Newbury award, Sewanee, and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Trailer Trash will be published March 16, 2018 and is available for pre-order now through Feb 1, 2018.



*some of these dates/venues are subject to change, please send specific inquiries to jussara@korepress.org*


Proposed Tour Dates: February-May 2018

February 2018 (West Coast + South)


  • Portland (2-9th)
    • Portland Community College Cascade Campus, Feb 5th, 11am-12pm


  • Sou’wester (Feb 9-15th)
    • July will be reading & teaching a workshop at Sou’wester on Feb 10th
  • Seattle (15-20th)
    • Reading at Open Books: A Poem Emporium at 2114 N. 45th Street Seattle, WA on February 16th. 7pm.


  • Vancouver (TBD, 20th-22)


March 2018 (East Coast & Midwest)

GEORGIA: (March 1st-5th)

  • Atlanta (Charis Books)

FLORIDA: (March 5-10th)

  • Tampa (AWP, 3.7-3.10)

PENNSYLVANIA:  (week of March 12th)

  • Philadelphia (March 13th @ You Can’t Kill a Poet)
  • Harrisburg (March 14-15th) LGBT Center (TBD)

NEW YORK: (3.16-3.23)

  • NYC

MASS: (week of March 23th)

  • Northampton (Reading at the Smith Poetry Center on 3.24 at 4pm with Leslie Aguilar)
  • Boston/Cambridge

April 2018 (Southwest)

DC: (March 28th-31st)

  • With Liz Laribee (TBD)


  • Dayton (April 1st, 2nd or 3rd)

MICHIGAN: (April 5-9th)

  • Grand Rapids
  • BACK TO OAKLAND 4.9-14


  • Tucson (4.15-17)

NEW MEXICO: (4.18-24th)

  • Santa Fe (18th-21st) (Reading being finalized at Collected Works)
  • Albuquerque (21st-24th)

CALIFORNIA (4.25-5.1)

  • Los Angeles (4.25-28)
  • Oakland – book release party (tentative location-Starline Social Club)



Titles available from Kore Press

Trailer Trash by July Westhale

Posted by Jussara Esprit