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.



Send specific inquiries to sarahau@korepress.org


Trash Tour Reading Dates: February-May 2018

February 2018 (West Coast + South)

OREGON: Feb 2-9

  • Portland (Feb 2-9th)


  • Sou’wester (Feb 9-15th)
    • July will be reading & teaching a workshop at Sou’wester on Feb 10th

March / April 2018 (East Coast & Midwest)

GEORGIA: March 1-5

  • Atlanta: Charis Books

FLORIDA: March 5-10

  • Tampa: AWP, March 9, 7pm (Kore Press, Kelsey Street Press, Belladonna joint reading) at The Bunker in Ybor City, FL

PENNSYLVANIA:  March 12 week

  • Philadelphia: March 13, 8pm, for You Can’t Kill a Poet at Tattooed Mom
  • Harrisburg: March 14-15, LGBT Center

NEW YORK: March 13-23

  • NYC: East Coast Book Launch, March 16, at WORD bookstore with Genevieve Walker, Courtney Gillette, Nico Grelli, & Jenn Baker

MASS: March 23

  • Northampton, March 23, 4pm at the Smith Poetry Center with Leslie Aguilar
  • Northhampton, March 25, Living Room Reading Series

DC: March 28th-31st

  • With Liz Laribee 


  • Dayton, April 1
  • Columbus, April 2nd, 7pm, at Bossy Grrls
  • Dayton, April 3rd, 7-9pm, at Dayton Distillery
  • Dayton, April 4th, meeting with the LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Group at Dayton High School (time TBD)


  • Oakland, April 7th, feature National Poetry Month poet for the Oakland Public Library, 2:30pm at the Temescal Branch

MICHIGAN: April 5-9th

  • Grand Rapids

April 2018 (Southwest & West Coast)


  • Tucson

NEW MEXICO: April 18-24

  • Santa Fe, April 18th at Collected Works
  • Albuquerque, April 21


  • Oakland, West Coast book release party at the Starline Social Club


  • Atlanta, October 18th, 7:30pm, at Charles Bookstore

Titles available from Kore Press

Trailer Trash by July Westhale

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