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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

Sierra Nevada College honors best high school writers

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 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.

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Professional Practices class helps student find a job

By Bryce Bullins

As part of the BFA in Creative Writing at SNC, students take a course entitled “Professional Practices” in their senior year. According to the Sierra Nevada College 2013 – 2014 catalog, Professional Practices “focuses on a culminating review and portfolio of all work in the field during the junior and senior years. [This includes] publication of the student’s original writing, editorial work on college or other publications, participation in readings, literary events, conferences, field trips, internships, tutoring and other types of direct experience.”  In addition, there is a segment in the class regarding research into job markets.

Professional Practices

Marcela DeLira Astorga

Recent BFA graduate Marcela DeLira Astorga has found great success thanks in a large part to Professional Practices. In her research, she found a job which suited her taste and her interest perfectly. Thanks to her expansive portfolio she created and the fine tuning it received in Professional Practices, Marcela now has her job.

“I finally got the job with the Truckee Unified District. I am officially the Bilingual Translator-Interpreter for the district. I am working at the district office twice a week and three times a week in Tahoe City,” Marcela said.

Congratulations to Marcela!