Poets will be aiming for a slam dunk with a cheering and jeering audience at Sierra Nevada College’s Fifth Annual Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Patterson Hall.
This contest of performance poetry casts aside the drawing room image of poetry readings, and opens the door to a raucus, fun-loving celebration of the art of the spoken word. With a promise to be entertaining and enlightening, the event is free and open to the public.
Any poet is invited to perform original work at the competition for a panel of judges. The audience is welcome to make its opinions known by hollering and hissing, cheering and applauding the judges’ scores – all in good nature.
Poets who would like to participate in Sierra Nevada College’s Slam should arrive at least 20 minutes before the event to add their name to the list of competitors for a shot at the title of Tahoe Slam Poet of the year and the first place prize of $300. Second and third place winners receive $200 and $100 respectively. The contest is limited to the first 10 poets to sign up. Each poet should have two poems prepared.
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.”
Photo by Keala Reeverts, Eagle’s Eye
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.
New poetry book by June Saraceno
English Chair June Saraceno’s third book, “of Dirt & Tar,” arrives this week from the publisher and is already attracting attention. Local publications are choosing to feature the press release about the book, and Saraceno will be featured at several upcoming readings.
Here are the list of readings:
March 13 Sundance Books, Reno, “of Dirt and Tar” book launch 6:30.
April 2, Sundance Books with Laura Wetherington and friends, 6:00
April 4, Sierra College, Truckee campus
April 15, Modesto Junior College, reading with Patricia Smith
April 24, Lake Tahoe Community College reading with Laura Wetherington
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.