Nevada poets featured during National Poetry Month
Special to the Tribune
The Writers’ Series at Lake Tahoe Community College welcomes the community to celebrate National Poetry Month with two Nevada poets on April 21 at 7 p.m. in the college’s Roberta L. Mason Library. Reno’s Poet Laureate, Gailmarie Pahmeier, and poet and teacher Shaun T. Griffin will read selections from their works, answer audience questions, and sign copies of their books, which will be available for sale.
Pahmeier, Reno’s first-ever poet laureate, has been a Nevadan for more than 30 years. She teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award. She is also on the faculty of the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College. Pahmeier’s work has garnered a number of awards, including a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship and two Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council. She is the author of The House on Breakaheart Road and three chapbooks, the most recent of which, “Shake It and It Snows,” won the 2009 Coal Hill Chapbook Award from Autumn House Press. In 2007, she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from Nevada. She serves as a Poet-in-Residence for Nevada and is a former National Literary Panelist for the YoungArts Foundation. A new collection of her work, 2014’s “The Rural Lives of Nice Girls,” is now in its second printing.
Griffin is the co-founder and director of Community Chest, a rural social justice agency serving children and families in northwestern Nevada since 1991. For more than 20 years he has taught a poetry workshop at Northern Nevada Correctional Center and publishes a journal of their work, “Razor Wire.” His latest books include “This Is What the Desert Surrenders,” “New and Selected Poems,” and “From Sorrow’s Well: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth.” Griffin received the Rosemary McMillan Lifetime Achievement in Art Award in 2006, awarded by Sierra Arts Foundation, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1995. In 2014, Griffin was inducted into Nevada’s Writers Hall of Fame.
This free event is sponsored by Poets & Writers through a grant received through the James Irvine Foundation. For more information, contact LTCC Writers’ Series coordinator Suzanne Roberts at email@example.com.
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