Appearances, Exhibits, Lectures, and Such

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Steampunk World's Fair, Piscataway NJ, 2015

  

"Semtner gave some wonderful historical background about what death and mourning rites were like. He was a great public speaker with a sense of humor and clearly prepared for this lecture."

~AmberUnmasked.com


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Orange County Public Library, Orlando FL, 2011

"The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe"

Orange County Public Library, Orlando FL, 2011


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Talks, Lectures, and Performances

 “Paranormal Poe: Edgar Allan Poe and Spiritualism,” Firehouse Theater, 2019

“Collecting Poe,” Glasgow Public Library, Glasgow, Virginia, 2019

Readings of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Hop-Frog,” & “The Bells” accompanied by piano, Garth Newell Music Center, Warm Springs, Virginia, 2018

“Victorian Spiritualism,” Bon Air Historical Society, Bon Air, Virginia, 2018

“Pandemics and Poe,” Chesterfield Historical Society, Chester, Virginia, 2018

“Paranormal Poe: Edgar Allan Poe and Spiritualism,” International Poe & Hawthorne Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2018

Performance as Poe, Engaging History Productions, Hanover Tavern, Hanover, Virginia, 2018

Performance as Frankenstein’s Monster, Engaging History Productions, Hanover Tavern, Hanover, Virginia, 2018

“Poe and Hanover County,” Hanover Tavern, Hanover, Virginia, 2017

“Still Beating: ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ Turns 175,” RavenCon 13.5, Richmond, Virginia, 2018

“The Poe Shrine,” Chesapeake Historical Society, Chesapeake, Virginia, 2018

Readings of “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” & Other Poems accompanied by Latin Ballet of Virginia, Piedmont Community College, Charlottesville, Virginia; CenterStage, Richmond, Virginia; Dogwood Dell, Richmond, Virginia; Maymont, Richmond, Virginia; Randolph Lodge, Richmond, Virginia; Swiftcreek Mill Playhouse, Chesterfield, Virginia, 2017

“Poe and the Murder of Mary Rogers,” RavenCon, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2017

“Pandemics and Poe,” Steampunk World’s Fair, New Jersey, 2016.

“Poe for President,” RavenCon, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2016.

“Poe in Richmond,” Richmond Kiwanis Club, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, 2016.

Keynote Address, The Big Read, Boyle County Public Library, Danville, Kentucky, 2015.

“Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond,” Amherst County Historical Society, Amherst, Virginia, 2015.

“Death, Victorian Style,” Steampunk World’s Fair, New Jersey, 2015

“Ten Real Poe Mysteries,” RavenCon, Midlothian, Virginia, 2015

“Collecting Poe,” Paper for International Poe Conference,” New York, New York, 2015.

Panel Discussion on the Paranormal. Richmond ComicCon, Richmond, Virginia, 2014.

“Poe and Science Fiction,” Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, 2014.

“Poe Goes Pop,” Keynote Speaker for Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Conference, Richmond, Virginia, 2014.

“Poe and Spiritualism,” RavenCon, Richmond, Virginia, 2014.

“Poe’s Women,” Lippitt House Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, 2013

“Poe’s Literary Genres,” Howard County Public Library, Columbia, Maryland, 2013

“A Young Girl’s Recollections of Poe,” Positively Poe Conference, University of Virginia, 2013

“Poe’s Afterlife: Poe, Spiritualism, and the Spirits of the Dead,” Brunswick, Maryland, 2012

“Poe in Virginia,” Mathews Memorial Library, Mathews County, Virginia, 2012

“The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe,” Lynchburg, Virginia, 2012

“Poe’s Shadow,” Orange County Public Library, Orlando, Florida, 2011

“Exquisite Deformities” Artist’s Talk, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, 2011

“My Art” Hanover County High School Art Department, 2010

Panel Discussion on Poe in Visual Art, Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, Virginia, 2010

“My Art,” Chester Art Association, Chester, Virginia, 2010

“Poe in Richmond,” University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, 2010

“Poe’s Women,” Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia, 2010

“Edgar Allan Poe,” Collegiate School, Richmond, Virginia

“Poe’s Influence on French Visual Art,” Alliance France, Richmond, Virgina

“The Specter of Poe,” RavenCon Convention, Sandston, Virginia

“My Painting,” Hanover Area Arts League

“The Poe Shrine,” Sussex County Historical Society, Sussex County, Virginia

“Poe’s Philosophy of Composition,” Robious Middle School, Midlothian, Virginia 2005

“The Life and Afterlife of Poe,” Lifelong Learning Institute, Midlothian, Virginia

“The Poe Museum,” Teacher Enrichment Day, Richmond Public Schools, Virginia

“The Life of Poe,” Beth Shalome House, Henrico County, Virginia 2005

“Poe in Richmond,” Southside Richmond Rotary Club, Richmond, Virginia

“Edgar Allan Poe,” The Knights of Columbus, Richmond, Virginia

“Poe and Austen,” The Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia

“Richard Estes,” Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

“Edgar Allan Poe,” Diversity Day, Cingular Corporate Office, Henrico, Virginia

“The Newly Discovered Poe Letter,” Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia

“Poe in Richmond.” Midlothian Women’s Club. Midlothian, Virginia 2005

Teaching Experience

Osher Institute, University of Richmond, 2017-2019

Lifelong Learning Institute, Midlothian, Virginia, 2014-2019

Guest Critic, Art Foundation Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003-4

Guest Critic, Studio Art Class, University of Richmond, 

Booking Information

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Upcoming Talks

To find out where I'll be speaking or performing next, check the schedule below or sign up for email updates here.

Events

April 6, 2019

Talk: Poe the Superhero

1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

DoubleTree Hilton, Williamsburg VA

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April 6, 2019

Talk: Poe the Superhero

Since the theme for this year's RavenCon is Superheroes, I'll be making the case that Edgar Allan Poe is a superhero. After all, he has fought crime alongside Batman and the Atom in different comic series.

1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

DoubleTree Hilton, Williamsburg VA

April 6, 2019

Book Signing: The Poe Shrine

3pm - 3:30pm

DoubelTree Hilton, Williamsburg VA

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April 6, 2019

Book Signing: The Poe Shrine

I will be reading from my book and singing a few copies at RavenCon.

3pm - 3:30pm

DoubelTree Hilton, Williamsburg VA

April 6, 2019

Panel: Universal Monsters

5pm - 5:45pm

DoubleTree Hilton, Williamsburg VA

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April 6, 2019

Panel: Universal Monsters

I'll be on a panel discussing the classic Universal horror films of the 1930s and 1940s.

5pm - 5:45pm

DoubleTree Hilton, Williamsburg VA