Category Archives: English

Saeed Jones – multifaceted poet, editor – to read his works at Writers in the Woods Feb. 6-7

sjonesWriters in the Woods will feature poet Saeed Jones on at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Room 139 of Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. The award-winning poet will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Friday night reading is free and the Saturday workshop is $50.

Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection “Prelude to Bruise” was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications such as Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.

Get to know Saeed on his Tumblr. Listen to him read  a few of his poems. Peruse a BuzzFeed article. Listen to him read Toni Morrison and his own poems. Then go see him on Friday.

Sierra Nevada Review earns high praise from national reviewer

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 8.32.30 AMThe Review Review, which is a hub for literary journals, dipped into the fiction, poetry and non-fiction stories of the Sierra Nevada Review and came out with a stellar examination of SNC’s literary journal.

The 2014 publication of the Sierra Nevada Review recently earned four out of five stars by reviewer Laura Jean Schneider. She said, “SNR is not afraid to try something new or step on toes. I got the feeling that seems to be its point, to provide a place where things can both happen on the page, in print, and simultaneously within the reader.”

After a careful analysis of each of the 33 pieces in the journal, Schneider offered an insightful, indepth and complimentary review of the Sierra Nevada Review. The review is published on The Review Review website, which reviews small literary journals from universities and independent presses. It was begun by Becky Tuch, who started it as a way to connect writers, editors and readers about what is happening in the world of literary journals.

“It’s a great to be a part of what they’re doing and have a such a thorough and long review of what we did last year,” said Laura Wetherington, an English professor and the adviser for the Sierra Nevada Review.

2014 Sierra Nevada Review

2014 Sierra Nevada Review

The Sierra Nevada Review was given kudos for including writings from the winners of SNC’s High School Writing Contest, as well as sharing experimental poems and unconventional topics. The title of the article was “A Lit Mag Unafraid to Try Something New (and a Writing Contest for Teens!)”

“If there’s a theme underlying the latest issue of the Sierra Nevada Review,” Schneider wrote, “it’s summed up well in a line from contributor Clayton Adam Clark’s poem, ‘Reverberations: … all things / have a pitch.’ The intensity of memory, the complexity of ethnicity, the sacrifices of democracy and the definitions of family­­ weave subtly through this hard copy journal produced by Sierra Nevada College’s English Department and Low-Residency MFA Program.”

The complimentary review puts the icing on the cake for the Sierra Nevada Review, which celebrated its 25th year of publication last year. It was begun by English Chair June Saraceno. Students are currently working on the 26th edition of the literary journal, with an expected publication in May. There is also a growing interest in the Sierra Nevada Review, which doubled the number of students who signed up to be on the staff this semester.

The 25th edition staff, which won the accolades, were:

Fiction Editor – Crystal Miller
Non-Fiction Editor – Chelsea Archer
Poetry Editor – Laurie Macfee
General Editor – Bryce Bullins
Associate Editors – Christopher Muravez, Emily Provencher
Founding/Senior Advisory Editor – June Sylvester Saraceno
Advisory Editor – Laura Wetherington
Cover Art – Carly Petrie
Design/Layout – Laurie Macfee

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.

 

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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Tahoe Slam pits poets against each other in a cash competition

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.

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