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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.

 

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.

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.

Nevada Arts Council honors SNC English professors

Nevada Arts Council recently lauded two Sierra Nevada College faculty members by awarding each writer a $5,000 Artist Fellowship for the year.  Laura Wetherington and Jared Stanley were selected as the Literary Arts Fellows for 2015.

The Arts Council, which supports cultural activities and participation in the arts, selected six artists: two each in Literary Arts, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Besides the financial support to pursue their artistic work, the Nevada Arts Council will be given a free public event to share their work. 

Laura is a professor with the MFA in Creative Writing program, the adviser to the Sierra Nevada Review literary magazine and teaches English classes. Laura’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the 2010 National Poetry Series.

An English professor, Jared will be teaching Freshman Composition and a new class this semester, New Media Creative Writing.

He 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.

Welcome back English & Journalism majors!

Welcome back English BA, BFA and New Media Journalism majors and minors! The English Department is holding a get together this Friday to celebrate your return and hear about your summer adventures!

Come on over to DiMaggio’s (800 Tahoe Blvd) from 4-6 p.m. this Friday and the English Program will cover a variety of free pizzas and soda (you’re on your own for any other beverages). Bonus beverages for anyone who beats Dr. Bob King at pool. 

Words from life, movies and memoirs: “Being Flynn” author to speak

Nick Flynn, whose first memoir sparked the major motion picture, “Being Flynn,” international reviews and much press attention, will visit Sierra Nevada College on Sept. 5-6 to kick off the 2014-15 Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and to introduce the college’s Common Read book for the year.

Nick Flynn, taken by Geordie Wood

Nick Flynn, taken by Geordie Wood

“We’re very fortunate to have Nick Flynn as our guest speaker,” said English Program Chair June Saraceno. “His poetry books and memoirs have captivated critics and casual readers alike. He has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults, so he has some interesting real-world stories to tell.”

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. 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.

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. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop will cost $50 for nonstudents. More information and sign-ups can be found at sierranevada.edu.

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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.

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