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Writers in the Woods: SNC Literary Speaker Series

INCLINE VILLAGE – Sierra Nevada College is introducing of Writers in the Woods; readings and workshops offered by accomplished writers.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame author Joanne Meschery will kick off the series with a reading Sept. 24, followed by a Saturday morning fiction workshop on Sept. 25.

Catherine Brady will present a reading on Oct. 22 and lead a nonfiction workshop on Oct. 23. Brian Turner will give a reading Nov. 19 and lead a poetry workshop on Nov. 20. Workshops are open to the community for a $50 registration fee, as well as to SNC students, and may be taken for credit or non-credit. The Friday night readings are free and open to all.

Joanne Meschery is a long-time Truckee resident. She is the author of three novels: “In a High Place,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier,” which was nominated for a Pen/Faulkner Award, and “Home and Away,” recently reprinted by the University of California Press as part of its California Writers Series. She is currently working on a new novel set in Nevada. Her work has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, along with numerous other prizes. She studied at the University of Iowa Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She is a regular presenter at the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and a member of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

Catherine Brady’s biography about Elizabeth Blackburn – one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007- tells the story of molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn’s life and groundbreaking work on telomeric DNA, which launched the field of telomere research. Brady’s most recent collection, “The Mechanics of Falling & Other Stories,” was published in 2009. Her second short-story collection, “Curled in the Bed of Love,” was the co-winner of the 2002 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the 2003 Binghamton John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Brady’s first collection of short stories, “The End of the Class War,” was a finalist for the 2000 Western States Book Award in fiction. Her stories have been included in Best American Short Stories 2004 and numerous anthologies and journals.

Iraq veteran/award-winning writer Brian Turner most recently published “Phantom Noise” this year. “Here, Bullet,” a collection of poetry about a year he spent deployed in Iraq, has garnered a number of literary awards, including the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” Literary Award in Poetry, the 2007 Poets’ Prize, and selection in The New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Turner joined SNC’s English faculty on a full-time basis in fall 2010.

The literary lineup will continue in the spring with standup comedian Steve Hofstetter performing on March 4 and leading a comedy writing workshop on March 5.

For more information on the series, contact June Saraceno at jsaraceno@sierranevada.edu.

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