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Prepare for Poetry Center opening by reading acclaimed poems

Spend a little time this week to savor some poetry from California’s poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Then, make sure you show up to the Poetry Center’s Grand Opening Friday, where Herrera himself will be reading from his poems, along with Jane Hirshfield, who holds many awards for her poetry.

Sierra Nevada College’s website describes his work: Herrera’s poetry brims with simultaneity and exuberance, and often takes shape in mural-like, rather than narrative, frames. His creative work often crosses genres, including poetry, opera and dance theater. The NY Times described Herrera as one of the first poets to successfully create “a new hybrid art, part oral, part written, part English, part something else: an art grounded in ethnic identity, fueled by collective pride, yet irreducibly individual too.”

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The Poetry Center, located in Prim Library, holds one of the largest collections of contemporary poetry in Nevada and will be the center of a diverse program of readings and workshops. Funded through grants from the Nevada State Library and Archives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the poetry center holds 500 volumes of poetry acquired by the grant, plus 3,000 more from donations. Like the library itself, the Poetry Center’s collections and programs are open to the general public and offer free access to all Nevada residents.

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New poetry center to feature works by contemporary poets

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.

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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.

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