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 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.
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
“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.
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.”