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.
Humanities Instructor Jared Stanley shared his work Sunday, Nov. 10, during an afternoon of poetry titled, “It Calls from the Creek,” hosted by ART OnSite. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the Nevada City community, the environment and the arts through outdoor art installations along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail.
Jared Stanley is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals which created “It Calls From the Creek,” a series of 10 installations along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City. Jared is the author of two books, “Weeds” and “Book Made of Forest,” as well as other published work. The tribute trail will be open through September 2014.
Cameras and flashes were going off from every angle. Cell phones and DSLRs were held in the air documenting stretchy pizza strands and raised glasses. The multimedia journalism class took a field trip to cover the English Department Pizza Party, Oct. 30, at DiMaggio’s Pizza. They spread the news via Social Media, audio interviews, photo slideshows, and Audio Soundslides. Check out their work here. Thanks to the English Department for hosting a fun event, and a learning opportunity for the Multimedia Journalism class.
Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the English department will be holding a pizza party at DiMaggio’s. There will be plenty of pizza to go around. Drinks are on your own. Company and fun are in abundance. Hope to see you there!
Directions from SNC can be found here.
Attention all: the next meeting of the Sierra Nevada College Creative Writing Club will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Prim 214. Any and all are welcome! Following the meeting, a small group will be heading over to Patterson for the Music Department’s second recital of the year.
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.
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!
By Bryce Bullins
Mark your calendars students and poetry enthusiasts: coming March 2014, the Sierra Nevada College Poetry Center will be celebrating its grand opening. Thanks to a well-written grant and a brilliant idea, Betts Markle will bring thousands of new books and several famous poets to Prim Library to make poetry accessible to the students, faculty, and citizens of Incline Village.
Prim Library will be adding a poetry center in March.
Just this past year, Markle, the dibrary director for SNC, applied for a federal block grant from the Museum and Library Services in Washington D.C., through the Library and Technology Services Act. Because of her hard work, SNC was awarded $48,750 to purchase books, supplies, and to contract a consultant to make sure the Poetry Center is a success. Gail Brown from the University of Arizona Poetry Center, which contains over 70,000 volumes and is widely regarded as one of the most successful in the country, is coming to SNC to help Markle create the Poetry Center.
By Beth Portesi
Rhythm, rhyme, sound, words and meaning encompassed the second of the Writers in the Woods series. The evening included a one hour spoken word presentation followed by an open mic on Friday, Sept. 20, at Sierra Nevada College. This served as a platform for individuals to express their personal philosophies and life experiences through poetry and narratives.
In a generation where communicating is done through anything that has a touch screen or news feed, the Spoken Word was a breath of fresh air. A reminder of how connected we are as humans, how we all experience love and tragedy, peace and chaos. I was mesmerized by each word of the roughly 10 speakers who reflected on personal growth, expressed dissatisfaction with modern society, and playfully expanded on random thoughts.
If someone had suggested I attend a poetry reading on a Friday night, chances are I would have declined because I have never taken much interest in it. After attending the event, you can find “slam poetry” in my Youtube history and an email subscription to the local Spoken Views Collective newsletter. And extra credit had nothing to do with it. Each of these beings humbled my heart as they bravely and openly explored the truest of human experiences.