For a writer whose work and aesthetic sensibility has a performative quality, I have a fear of performing my writing in public. The reason for my performance-related panic is due to the fact that I suffer from severe anxiety disorder.
A reading is a performance. Don't ever forget that you're entertaining an audience and interacting with it. You need to see yourself as onstage, and that means getting somebody you trust to give you honest feedback from more than one reading.
At first, when you're on tour, it's surprising, then tiring -- but eventually it's funny, and sometimes even offers you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or author friends of mine.
Not only are these amazing readings by some of today's strongest emerging talents in literary fiction and poetry, they represent some of the finest work being produced by the nation's best presses committed to discovering new talent.