Writers in the Woods: Award-winning outdoor adventure writer to share his experiences

A chronicler of the outdoors, an award-winning travel writer, and a part-time Grand Canyon river guide, Kevin Fedarko will speak at Sierra Nevada College at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, as the next guest for the Writers in the Woods Literary Series.

Kevin Fedarko bwKevin Fedarko’s work has appeared in Esquire, National Geographic Adventure and has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing of 2004 and 2006. His first book, “The Emerald Mile,” won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2013.

 “The Emerald Mile” tells the story of three guides who attempt to propel their boat down the Colorado River, which is swollen from a massive snowmelt that even threatens the safety of the Glen Canyon Dam. Their mission: to be the fastest boat to ever navigate Colorado River as it goes through the Grand Canyon.

The Emerald MileThe National Outdoor Book Award website says “Author Kevin Fedarko focuses on the three guides, but at the same time, he adeptly weaves into his narrative the broader story of the river itself, and the clash of two opposites:  those who love the wild untouched river – and those who desire to use the river for economic benefit.  Like the small wooden boat flung down the river, Emerald Mile is a riveting ride through history, politics and big dreams.”

The talented writer and journalist is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and known for his travel narratives. He was a staff writer at Time magazine from 1991-97, where he helped cover the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, according to Simon & Schuster’s biography on Fedarko.

“We’re excited to host an adventure writer who is so clearly aligned with what is characteristically SNC: someone who cares passionately about the environment, an entrepreneurial thrill-seeker who values the power of language and is committed to sustainable practices,” said English Program Chair June Saraceno.

The literary speaker series, Writers in the Woods, brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year.

Fedarko will speak on the campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building, Room 139, and will follow with a morning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop will cost $50 for nonstudents. More information and sign-ups can be found at sierranevada.edu.

“I am currently reading ‘The Emerald Mile’ and it resounds with everything I love about the world of rafting and rivers in general. His writing really captures the soul of the river and I am excited to get a look at the process that went into writing such a powerful book,” said Junior Sage Sauerbrey, a New Media Journalism major who guides rafting trips in Idaho during the summers.

Writers in the Woods features a year-long line-up of well-known writers. Upcoming authors include:

Feb. 6-7 – Saeed Jones
Saeed Jones’s critically acclaimed poetry collection, “Prelude to a Bruise,” went into a second printing just months after its 2014 publication. He is an editor at BuzzFeed, and his poetry has appeared in publications like “Hayden’s Ferry Review,”  “West Branch,” “Weave,” “The Collagist,” and “Linebreak.” His chapbook, “When the Only Light Is Fire,” is published by Sibling Rivalry Press. He blogs about writing, contemporary culture, and the potentialities and limits of the “black gay poet” identity at For Southern Boys Who Consider Poetry.

March 6-7 – Mark Maynard
Mark Maynard is the author of “Grind,” a collection of short stories set in Reno. His short fiction has been widely published, and he is the fiction editor of the literary journal, “The Meadow.”

April 17-18 – Gailmarie Pahmeier and David Lee
Poet Gailmarie Pahmeier has published the poetry collection, “The Rural Lives of Nice Girls,” as well as several other books. She teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate and is the author of 15 volumes of poetry.

 

Great Nevada ShakeOut at SNC

On October 16th at 10:16 am, Sierra Nevada College participated in the Great Nevada ShakeOut drill to promote awareness and safety in the event of an earthquake.

Some of our faculty and staff showed their participation by documenting this drill with a “selfie” under their desk.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

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Ellen Birrell Gives Dynamic Talk on Homelessness

Guest speaker Ellen Birrell gave a informative and eye-opening talk about the “wicked” problem of homelessness on October 16th.

Ellen’s specialty is in homeless health care where she has been an advocate for over 20 years. Her expertise shined through as she shared stories and videos of the homeless in our community.

Her advice to those who attended was to keep the conversation of homelessness alive. This is the first step in ending this “wicked” problem.

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Unique artist visits SNC Oct. 17&18 for Writers in the Woods

The New York Times introduced Terry Allen to the Big Apple as an artist with a “trippy yet earthy mind” and described his visual art as “Old West Psychedelic, a funky mix of drawing, writing, sculpture and multimedia installation that combines comedy and tragedy, realistic grit and visionary imagination.”

Terry Allen Photo by James Bland

Terry Allen
Photo by James Bland

But even the nation’s newspaper has trouble defining the Texas-born Allen; he is an artist who cannot be pigeonholed into a pat description or just one area of work. This is all the more reason to venture out Friday evening to enjoy a reading and keyboard performance from Allen, followed by a Q&A.

He is the third author to visit Incline Village for this semester’s Writers in the Wood series. However, like everything interesting, new and different about Allen, he will not be reading in the usual forums for Writers in the Woods. You will find him in the new Garage Door Gallery of the Holman Arts & Media Center on Tahoe Boulevard. Friday’s free event begins at 7 p.m., while a $50 workshop on writing and crafting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garage Door Gallery.

Terry Allen is a nationally renowned musician, visual artist, sculptor, painter and writer who often blends all forms into museum-theater artworks that reference his Texas roots.

The Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco posts this bio about Allen on its website: “Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has worked as an artist & musician since 1966. His legendary story-telling ability is key to his creative productivity. His modern folklore is skillfully drafted from historical events, personal memories, theater, song and iconic images from both American TV and the American landscape. Allen’s underlying narratives give form to drawn images, sculptures, recordings, radio plays and video art.

He has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Art Fellowships, Awards for the Visual Arts (AVA), Washington D.C., Bessie (New York) and Isadora Duncan (San Francisco) Critic Awards for text, music, sets, costumes for PEDAL STEAL (Margaret Jenkins Dance Co.), AICA Award (International Assoc. of Art Critics) Best Show in a Commercial Gallery, Dugout I, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, 2nd Place, curated by Peter Goulds; induction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in 1992, US Artists Fellowship, Oliver Fellow, 2009.

Allen’s personal website, terryallenartmusic.com, lists his art, his public commissions, his music, his radio and his publications.

Writers in the Woods features a year-long line-up of well-known authors and poets who visit Sierra Nevada College for a Friday reading and a Saturday workshop. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop costs $50 for non-students. More information can be found on sierranevada.edu.

“Third Wednesday” reading to feature travel writing professor

Ann Marie Brown explores the world as a travel writer. This photo is from her website, which details the contents of each travel guide.

Ann Marie Brown explores the world as a travel writer. This photo is from her website, which details the contents of each travel guide.

When asked to share her travel writing with a Writing for Publication class, Ann Marie Brown arrived early with a bright-eyed smile, a bursting backpack and an armload of magazines. As she sorted and arranged books, travel guides and freelance magazine articles, two things were apparent: she is well traveled and well published.

She is also a popular teacher at Sierra Nevada College, and it’s no wonder that her Travel Writing class fills up with wanderlust students. Brown also teaches Creative Non-Fiction, Introduction to Journalism, and English Composition classes at Sierra Nevada College.

According to an Eagle’s Eye article, Brown studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles and graduated in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government. She continued onto grad school at Stanford University, where she studied Journalism and graduated with a master’s degree in 1986. In 1988, she graduated from Oxford with a master’s degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics.

Her website says she is a “dedicated outdoorswoman, who hikes, bikes, and camps more than 150 days each year in an all-out effort to avoid routine, complacency, and getting a real job.”

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Guidebooks written by Ann Marie Brown are listed on her website, annmariebrown.com, and can be purchased through Amazon.

The South Lake Tahoe resident has written 13 guidebooks over the years, multiple articles in magazines such as Via, Backpacker and Sunset, and spends summers traveling. Last year, she took a group of Stanford alumni to Peru for a summer travel writing experience.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the back of Prim library, Brown will be sharing stories from her traveling experiences as part of the regular Wednesday Readings which feature various SNC faculty.

Please join us in hearing about her travel, her writing, and her reading as well.  All are welcome to the free event.

SNC Career Fair is Happening Today!

The career fair is today, October 9th, in SNC’s Patterson Hall from 11am to 2pm.

There will be a “Professionally Dressed Drawing” so come dressed professionally and be entered into a drawing for our “night out” basket with gift certificates to Wild Alaskan, Incline Theater, and Candy.  Employers will hand tickets out to students they deem are dressed professionally and these tickets will be entered in a “drawing.”

Companies on campus to recruit include:

Alpine Meadows​
Bluewater LLC
Boreal
Chase International
Crest Mortgage
CustomInk
Diamond Peak
Great Basin Outdoor School
Harrah’s and Harvey’s Hotel& Casino
Homewood Mountain Resort
Hyatt
International City Mortgage
IVGID (Incline Village General Improvement District)
KNPB
Meek’s Lumber and Hardware
Mt. Rose
Northstar
Out and About Marketing
Resort at Squaw Creek
Sierra Nevada College-Graduate Admissions
Sierra Nevada Journeys
Squaw Valley Ski Corp
StudentStock
Sugar Bowl
TRPA
US Forest Service
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Zulily’s
 
Hope to see you there!!
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Sustainability in the Arctic

Arctic-Sustainability-2014-450-1The Gwich’in town of Arctic Village lies north of the Arctic Circle and just south of the border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), often called “the last great wilderness.”

In August, six SNC students met SNC Professor Brennan Lagasse in Fairbanks AK and took a bush plane to Arctic Village, to share the traditions of the Gwich’in Tribe and experience firsthand the majesty and vulnerability of ANWR. Those students will be sharing their experiences at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Room 106. The event is free and open to the public.

The once in a lifetime opportunity for SNC students resulted from tribal elder Sarah James’s respect for Professor Lagasse’s previous work with Indigenous peoples, and the tribe’s commitment to make “friends in the south” to advocate for their environment and way of life.

During their time in Arctic Village, students went hunting and fishing with their hosts; participated in elder celebrations, and many interviews and discussions with local tribal members; ate traditional meals of caribou, fry bread, and ground squirrel; and hiked and camped amongst the rugged peaks of the Brooks Range.

The experience is one that excites Lagasse about the sustainability program at SIerra Nevada College. He was quote in an Eagle’s Eye story as saying, “What we did in Alaska, that’s it man. I guarantee any liberal arts school, any progressive sustainability program, anybody sees that and knows what’s up in the sustainability world would look at that say ‘Wow, that’s cool.’

Mingle with authors, writers and publishers

Literary LollapaloozaLiterary Lollapalooza at Sierra Nevada College is a gathering of writers, editors, publishers, workshop leaders, and lovers of literature in the Reno/Tahoe area. Meet and mingle with the local literati, view and purchase their books, listen to micro-readings from local publications and more during this casual event.

Held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Room 139 in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, Literary Lollapalooza is free and open to all, with refreshments available.

Some of the special guests attending Literary Lollapalooza include:

Publishers – Bona Fide Books, Black Rock Press,

Literary Magazine – Sierra Nevada Review

Authors – Gayle Brandeis, Mark Maynard, Suzanne Roberts, Tim Hauserman, Karen Terrey, Laura Wetherington and more.

English prof to read poems at Harvard

Jared Stanley, an English instructor at Sierra Nevada College, will be reading poems at Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room on Thursday.

Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room is located within the Lamont Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The poetry room hosts a variety of readings, seminars and lectures throughout the year.

Jared Stanley

Jared Stanley

Stanley will be reading on Thursday, Sept. 18, along with C.D. Wright (author of One With Others: a little book of her days,which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award). Called “The Poet’s Voice,” the event will be followed by a book signing.

Stanley is the author of two full-lengths books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He frequently collaborates with visual artists and is a member of the interdisciplinary public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose work explores how language mediates landscape.

Psychology Alumni Pay a Visit

As our Fall 2014 semester begins, our psychology alumni were gracious enough to share their experiences in both the Research Methods and Introduction to APA.  The alumni who visited included Morgan Burke, Cindy Conover, Kallie Day, Anza Jarschke, & Evelina Rutdal.  It is always great to see our alumni and hear about all of their achievements since graduation!

 

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