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.
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.
Poets will be aiming for a slam dunk with a cheering and jeering audience at Sierra Nevada College’s Fifth Annual Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Patterson Hall.
This contest of performance poetry casts aside the drawing room image of poetry readings, and opens the door to a raucus, fun-loving celebration of the art of the spoken word. With a promise to be entertaining and enlightening, the event is free and open to the public.
Any poet is invited to perform original work at the competition for a panel of judges. The audience is welcome to make its opinions known by hollering and hissing, cheering and applauding the judges’ scores – all in good nature.
Poets who would like to participate in Sierra Nevada College’s Slam should arrive at least 20 minutes before the event to add their name to the list of competitors for a shot at the title of Tahoe Slam Poet of the year and the first place prize of $300. Second and third place winners receive $200 and $100 respectively. The contest is limited to the first 10 poets to sign up. Each poet should have two poems prepared.
Spend a little time this week to savor some poetry from California’s poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Then, make sure you show up to the Poetry Center’s Grand Opening Friday, where Herrera himself will be reading from his poems, along with Jane Hirshfield, who holds many awards for her poetry.
Sierra Nevada College’s website describes his work: Herrera’s poetry brims with simultaneity and exuberance, and often takes shape in mural-like, rather than narrative, frames. His creative work often crosses genres, including poetry, opera and dance theater. The NY Times described Herrera as one of the first poets to successfully create “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too.”
Photo by Keala Reeverts, Eagle’s Eye
The Poetry Center, located in Prim Library, holds one of the largest collections of contemporary poetry in Nevada and will be the center of a diverse program of readings and workshops. Funded through grants from the Nevada State Library and Archives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the poetry center holds 500 volumes of poetry acquired by the grant, plus 3,000 more from donations. Like the library itself, the Poetry Center’s collections and programs are open to the general public and offer free access to all Nevada residents.
New poetry book by June Saraceno
English Chair June Saraceno’s third book, “of Dirt & Tar,” arrives this week from the publisher and is already attracting attention. Local publications are choosing to feature the press release about the book, and Saraceno will be featured at several upcoming readings.
Here are the list of readings:
March 13 Sundance Books, Reno, “of Dirt and Tar” book launch 6:30.
April 2, Sundance Books with Laura Wetherington and friends, 6:00
April 4, Sierra College, Truckee campus
April 15, Modesto Junior College, reading with Patricia Smith
April 24, Lake Tahoe Community College reading with Laura Wetherington
English Professors Jared Stanley and Laura Wetherington will be hosting occasional readings at the Sundance Bookstore in Reno. The first is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, featuring Catherine Meng and Sara Mumolo. Sundance Bookstore is located at 121 California Ave in Reno.
Poet, writer and professor, Jared Stanley, once again is collaborating with visual artists; this time for the The Holland Project’s exhibit, “Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust: An introduction to contemporary art in Reno, Nev.”
Stanley worked with Megan Berner, whose work, “Lake Lahontan’s Maritime Legacy,” is featured in the current group show, Feb. 3-28 at the gallery, located at 140 Vesta Street in Reno. Gallery hours are 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or by appointment.
Congrats to June for her new book of poetry to be released next week. Here’s the press release we sent out about her achievement:
Readers will discover “deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema” in the poems of June Sylvester Saraceno’s new book, entitled “Of Dirt and Tar.”
June Sylvester Saraceno at the Camac artists residency in Marnay-sur-Seine. Saraceno’s new book, “Of Dirt and Tar” is slated for release March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections. Photo by Carolina Cruz Guimarey
The second, full-length collection of poetry by Saraceno, the English department chair at Sierra Nevada College, will be released March 1 by Cherry Grove Collections, with accolades on its jacket by some of the nation’s top poets.
Patricia Smith, who won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry in 2013, said, “There’s a rumor making the rounds that poetry, alas, is dead — I know of no better way to refute that idiocy than to immerse yourself in these lyric stanzas, these deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema. June Saraceno has once again infused the literary landscape with a necessary breath; this long-awaited volume couldn’t come at a better time.”
While Iraqi war veteran and poet Brian Turner, author of the acclaimed “Here, Bullet,” invites readers, saying, “I promise you: this book is just as good at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic seaboard as it is in a rocking chair on the back porch of a moonlit home in the woods.”
Winners read alongside award-winning novelists visiting SNC for MFA program
By Tanya Canino
As a 6-year-old child, Jenny Jung randomly scribbled words on walls, her skin and even on her sleeping father, but in high school, she arranged those words to win first place in the 2013 Sierra Nevada College High School Writing Competition and a chance to read alongside well-known, published authors.
Sierra Nevada College hosted three of the 12 high school competition winners in early January, recognizing them Jan. 10 during the final night of the Incline Village, Nev. college’s low residency, MFA program in creative writing.
With Josh Weil, the author of the highly-acclaimed novella collection, “The New Valley,” sitting in a full audience of writers, MFA students and published faculty, Jung, a junior from Andover, Mass., read “Reality on a Friday Night,” which earned first-place in the creative nonfiction category.
By Bryce Bullins
On Oct. 30, the SNC English Department hosted its annual pizza party. This year we filled DiMaggio’s at the Lake! It was a fun time with both students and faculty mingling (some even sporting Halloween gear). Over 30 people came out in support, as well as the Multimedia Journalism class which covered the event with audio recordings, Twitter, photo galleries and Instagram. Stories were shared and new ideas hashed out, as well as copious amounts of pizza eating. Check out some of the photos from the party:
Thanks again to everyone who came out in support!
By Bryce Bullins
Sierra Nevada College’s Fall 2013 Writer’s in the Woods series will wrap up this week as acclaimed author Nahid Rachlin comes to visit Friday. In addition, she will be offering a workshop the following day.
The reading will be held in TCES 139/141 at 7:00pm on Friday, Nov. 15 and the workshop will be held in the same space the following day, Saturday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m.
Nahid’s publications include a memoir, Persian Girls, four novels, Jumping Over Fire, Foreigner, Married to A Stranger, The Heart’s Desire, and a collection of short stories, Veils. Nahid currently teaches at the prestigious New School University in New York City.
To prepare for Friday’s reading, you can watch Nahid read from Persian Girls. She reads excerpts from various chapters in the book, such as an early memory of first meeting her birth mother, as Nahid was growing up in a Tehran, Iran ruled by the Shah. Reading Group Guides also offers some interesting questions for participants.