Reading at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art 

  • Sunday, January 29th, 2017, 4:30pm | Link
  • Fort Greene, Brooklyn

* Rickey is announced as the inaugural Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

* Rickey dialogues with Solmaz Sharif at Sublevel on empathy, pity and the dead.

* Rickey chooses "Heartbeats" by Melvon Dixon as an "essential poem to read" for Black History Month for the Academy of American Poets.

* Rickey is named a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

* New England Review has presented excerpts of Rickey's Fellow's Reading at last summer's Bread Loaf Conference. 

Off-Site AWP Reading at The Greene Turtle

  • Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 4:0pm 
  • Washington, D.C.

"Putting Madness to Work" Reading and Panel at AWP

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 9:30am | Link
  • Washington, D.C.

University of Pittsburgh Press Book Signing at AWP

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 11:30am 
  • Washington, D.C

A Reading and Conversation with Tina Chang, Ross Gay and Patricia Smith, Moderated by Rickey Laurentiis at AWP

  • Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 3:00pm | Link
  • Washington, D.C.

In Full Velvet Book Launch & Queer Valentine’s Dance Party at Housing Works

  • Monday, February 13th, 2017, 7:00pm | Link
  • New York, New York

MFA Class Visit and Conversation at Vanderbilt University

  • Monday, February 27th, 2017, Closed 
  • Nashville, Tennessee 

Class Visit and Conversation at Adelphi University 

  • Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, Closed
  • New York, New York 

Poets Saturday Workshop at The Gathering

  • Saturday, April 1st, 2016, full day | Link
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina  

Reading at Malaprops Bookstore

  • Saturday, April 2nd, 2017, 3:00pm | Link
  • Asheville, North Carolina

Los Angeles Book Festival Featured Reading

  • Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 4:00pm |
  • Los Angeles, California

Final Reading of the Working Writers Reading Series at Borough of Manhattan Community College

  • Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 4:00pm
  • New York, New York

Craft Talk at Poets House

  • Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 6:00pm
  • New York, New York

Reading at Pete's Big Salmon

  • Friday, June 9th, 2017, TBApm
  • Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Selected Past Events

Featured Panels and Readings at the Dodge Poetry Festival

  • October 20-23, 2016 | Link
  • Newark, New Jersey

Tales of Two Americas with Kirstin Valdez Quade and Roxane Gay at Symphony Space

  • October 26th, 2016, 7:00pm | Link
  • New York, New York

Featured Reading at the New Writers Literary Festival at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts

  • March 10th, 2016, 8:00pm | Link
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Poetry and Race in America: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh

  • March 21st, 2016, 7:00pm | Link
  • Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Hello Mr. Magazine's Desert Island Reading at One Grand Books

  • August 26th, 2016, 7:00pm | Link
  • New York, New York

The Poetry Society of America Reading with Richie Hoffman at McNally Jackson

  • November 10, 2015, 7:00PM | Link
  • New York, New York

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading and Boy with Thorn Public Launch at NYU's Lillian Vernon House

  • December 3, 2015, 7:00pm | Link
  • New York, New York

Boston Review 40th Anniversary Reading with Carmen Giménez Smith, Robyn Schiff, John Koethe, and Susan Wheeler at AWP

  • April 10th, 2015, 10:30am | Link
  • Minneapolis, MN

First Saturday's Crossing Brooklyn Poetry Reading at the Brooklyn Museum

  • January 3rd, 2015, 7:30pm | Link
  • Prospect Heights, New York

Frank O'Hara Poetry Festival at Fire Island

  • July 12th, 2014, 12:00pm | Link
  • Fire Island Pines, New York

"In the Life": A Reading of Works by Black Gay Men from the 1980s/90s at the Whitney Museum

  • April 19th, 2013, 2:00pm | Link
  • New York, New York