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

Scout Sorcic presents “Backcountry Games” at LA conference

Scout is a rockstar and a stellar ambassador of the ODAL Program.

Scout is a rockstar and a stellar ambassador of the ODAL Program.

Scout Sorcic (an Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Ski Business & Resort Management major) not only attended, but also presented at the Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference (WROLC) in Los Angeles this month.

Yeow! Here are her highlights from the adventure!

Highlights from Scout:

  • Being a solo presenter from Tahoe surrounded by  huge schools from Southern California and being the only one to present twice.
  • Having 46 people show up for her Backcountry Games Workshop. She also received 18 emails WROLCfrom enthusiastic conference attendees with new games to add to her growing list, found on her blog, YeeHaw Backcountry Games.
  • Learning about post grad positions and how to better apply for outdoor jobs
  • Sunny and 75°
  • Explaining to people that outdoor ed is her degree, not just a hobby.
  • WROLC5Hearing Brendan Leonard speak. He is the author of the “New American Roadtrip Mix tape” and owner of


Experimental Psychology Data Collection

The Experimental Psychology class will begin data collection on campus and in classrooms on January 28th.  If interested, we would love to have your individual participation as well.  For more information and to schedule times to participate in student research, please contact Christina M. Frederick, Ph.D. via email at

Your participation in these studies is very much appreciated and fulfills our requirements for graduation!

Hope to see you soon!


Psychological Society’s Sock Drive

On November 18th, the SNC Psychological Society headed to Northern Nevada Hopes in Reno to distribute the socks that were donated throughout the entirety of the club sock drive.

It was an amazing experience for all who attended the event and we cannot wait to volunteer in the community in the future.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the sock drive!


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

“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.


Great Nevada ShakeOut at SNC

On October 16th at 10:16 am, Sierra Nevada College participated in the Great Nevada ShakeOut drill to promote awareness and safety in the event of an earthquake.

Some of our faculty and staff showed their participation by documenting this drill with a “selfie” under their desk.

Thank you to everyone who participated!





Ellen Birrell Gives Dynamic Talk on Homelessness

Guest speaker Ellen Birrell gave a informative and eye-opening talk about the “wicked” problem of homelessness on October 16th.

Ellen’s specialty is in homeless health care where she has been an advocate for over 20 years. Her expertise shined through as she shared stories and videos of the homeless in our community.

Her advice to those who attended was to keep the conversation of homelessness alive. This is the first step in ending this “wicked” problem.



Unique artist visits SNC Oct. 17&18 for Writers in the Woods

The New York Times introduced Terry Allen to the Big Apple as an artist with a “trippy yet earthy mind” and described his visual art as “Old West Psychedelic, a funky mix of drawing, writing, sculpture and multimedia installation that combines comedy and tragedy, realistic grit and visionary imagination.”

Terry Allen Photo by James Bland

Terry Allen
Photo by James Bland

But even the nation’s newspaper has trouble defining the Texas-born Allen; he is an artist who cannot be pigeonholed into a pat description or just one area of work. This is all the more reason to venture out Friday evening to enjoy a reading and keyboard performance from Allen, followed by a Q&A.

He is the third author to visit Incline Village for this semester’s Writers in the Wood series. However, like everything interesting, new and different about Allen, he will not be reading in the usual forums for Writers in the Woods. You will find him in the new Garage Door Gallery of the Holman Arts & Media Center on Tahoe Boulevard. Friday’s free event begins at 7 p.m., while a $50 workshop on writing and crafting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garage Door Gallery.

Terry Allen is a nationally renowned musician, visual artist, sculptor, painter and writer who often blends all forms into museum-theater artworks that reference his Texas roots.

The Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco posts this bio about Allen on its website: “Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has worked as an artist & musician since 1966. His legendary story-telling ability is key to his creative productivity. His modern folklore is skillfully drafted from historical events, personal memories, theater, song and iconic images from both American TV and the American landscape. Allen’s underlying narratives give form to drawn images, sculptures, recordings, radio plays and video art.

He has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Art Fellowships, Awards for the Visual Arts (AVA), Washington D.C., Bessie (New York) and Isadora Duncan (San Francisco) Critic Awards for text, music, sets, costumes for PEDAL STEAL (Margaret Jenkins Dance Co.), AICA Award (International Assoc. of Art Critics) Best Show in a Commercial Gallery, Dugout I, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, 2nd Place, curated by Peter Goulds; induction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in 1992, US Artists Fellowship, Oliver Fellow, 2009.

Allen’s personal website,, lists his art, his public commissions, his music, his radio and his publications.

Writers in the Woods features a year-long line-up of well-known authors and poets who visit Sierra Nevada College for a Friday reading and a Saturday workshop. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop costs $50 for non-students. More information can be found on

“Third Wednesday” reading to feature travel writing professor

Ann Marie Brown explores the world as a travel writer. This photo is from her website, which details the contents of each travel guide.

Ann Marie Brown explores the world as a travel writer. This photo is from her website, which details the contents of each travel guide.

When asked to share her travel writing with a Writing for Publication class, Ann Marie Brown arrived early with a bright-eyed smile, a bursting backpack and an armload of magazines. As she sorted and arranged books, travel guides and freelance magazine articles, two things were apparent: she is well traveled and well published.

She is also a popular teacher at Sierra Nevada College, and it’s no wonder that her Travel Writing class fills up with wanderlust students. Brown also teaches Creative Non-Fiction, Introduction to Journalism, and English Composition classes at Sierra Nevada College.

According to an Eagle’s Eye article, Brown studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles and graduated in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government. She continued onto grad school at Stanford University, where she studied Journalism and graduated with a master’s degree in 1986. In 1988, she graduated from Oxford with a master’s degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics.

Her website says she is a “dedicated outdoorswoman, who hikes, bikes, and camps more than 150 days each year in an all-out effort to avoid routine, complacency, and getting a real job.”

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Guidebooks written by Ann Marie Brown are listed on her website,, and can be purchased through Amazon.

The South Lake Tahoe resident has written 13 guidebooks over the years, multiple articles in magazines such as Via, Backpacker and Sunset, and spends summers traveling. Last year, she took a group of Stanford alumni to Peru for a summer travel writing experience.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the back of Prim library, Brown will be sharing stories from her traveling experiences as part of the regular Wednesday Readings which feature various SNC faculty.

Please join us in hearing about her travel, her writing, and her reading as well.  All are welcome to the free event.