Writers in the Woods’ Literary Line-up for 2014-15

Sierra Nevada College announces that its first author in this year’s Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series will be Nick Flynn, the author of “Being Flynn,” which was made into a major motion picture in 2012. He also recently published his third memoir, “The Re-enactments,” about the making of the movie, and is well-known for his award-winning poetry books.

Nick Flynn Photo by Dion Ogust

Nick Flynn
Photo by Dion Ogust

Flynn will visit Sierra Nevada College Sept. 5-6, adding to the list of impressive authors the four-year, private university has brought to the campus for the region’sintellectual enjoyment.In the past 10 years, Writers in the Woods has featured Tim O’Brien, author of “The Things They Carried;” Tobias Wolff,  “Old School;” and Brian Turner, “Here, Bullet,” among many other authors, poets and screenwriters.

The esteemed literary series brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year. The college also annually adopts a book for its Common Read, which is read, discussed and interpreted throughout the curriculum. This year’s book is “Being Flynn” by Nick Flynn.

Writers in the Woods was begun as a way to create a “literary mecca” at the college and bridge the gap between community members and college students, according to English Program Chair June Saraceno.

“My whole goal is to make SNC a literary center. This actually makes it an intellectual center because people are talking about the ideas and issues writers explore,” Saraceno said. “It opens conversations about war, peace, race, honesty. It makes people think.”

Aside from Writers in the Woods, another literary development is the success of the college’s new low-residency MFA Creative Writing program, now in its third year.

Flynn will speak on the campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 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, Sept. 6. More information and sign-ups can be found at sierranevada.edu.

Nick Flynn’s visit is the first of a year-long line-up of well-known authors and poets for Writers in the Woods. Usually, authors give a reading Friday night, and follow with a Saturday morning workshop. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop costs $50 for non-students.  More information can be found on sierranevada.edu.

The 2014-15 Writers in the Woods schedule includes:

Sept. 19 – Literary Lollapalooza
A gathering of writers, editors, publishers, book vendors and more to celebrate literature in the Reno/Tahoe region. 6-9 p.m.

Oct. 17-18 – Terry Allen
Terry Allen, who has received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment of the Arts award, is a musician, visual artist, sculptor, painter and writer, blending the forms into museum/theater artworks that reference his Texas roots.

Nov. 7-8 – Kevin Fedarko
Kevin 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 latest work, “Emerald Mile,” won the National Outdoor Book Award.

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 10-11 – 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.