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Chris Millis Visits Sierra Nevada College

By Bryce Bullins

Acclaimed author of the book Small Apartments (and soon to be film director) Chris Millis launched the Spring 2014 Writers in the Woods season at SNC by giving a craft talk on screenplays and more specifically, the act of storytelling. Millis’ talk centered on Aristotelian poetics, specifically the three act structure and the dramatic devices therein. He showcased how several films still hold to these ancient conventions.

Chris Millis

The films he used as examples were as wide ranging as Pixar’s animated series Toy Story to more serious affairs such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. Millis presented the idea that stories are the only way with which we, as part of the human experience, are able to explain the often un-explainable and connect with something approaching our own lives, and through this parity, we are able to better understand the world in which we live. The talk was attended by upwards of 50 people and was a fantastic start of the 2014 Writers in the Woods season.

For more on Chris Millis’ projects, visit: http://www.chrismillis.com/

English chair releases new book of poems, “Of Dirt and Tar”

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

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.”

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English Department Pizza Party a Hit!

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:

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Thanks again to everyone who came out in support!