In the News
Newly opened Tahoe poetry center aims to grow literary community - in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza by Jenny Luna.
Poetry Center opens at Sierra Nevada College - in Reno Gazatte Journal by Susan Skorupa
Some Ways of Thinking about Poems and Poets
Regional: Poets from the Mountain West, Southwest, California
Thematic: Poems about death, love, nature, God, conflict
Temporal: Related to time periods - Poets from the Harlem Renaissance, from World War I, from the Jazz Age
Demographic: Black women poets, gay male poets, poets who are mothers
Philosophic: Existential poets, Beat poets, Romantic poets, revolutionary poets
Sierra Nevada College's New Poetry Center
The new Poetry Center promotes an appreciation of contemporary poetry among SNC students and community members while providing support for current and emerging poets. The Poetry Center represents a wide and diverse collection of poetry including voices that have not often been heard in the region. Located within Prim Library, the Poetry Center complements the college's existing academic programs including the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Bachelor of Arts in English by affording SNC students access to the center's collection and programs. The library is open to the general public and offers free library access to all local and Nevada residents.
At the grand opening event Mach 28-29, 2014, the college hosted Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield for public readings and workshops. The college is also fortunate to have well-known and published poets as faculty, including Brian Turner, Patricia Smith, June Saraceno, Laura Wetherington, and Jared Stanley.
The Poetry Center is made possible through a grant awarded by the Nevada State Library and Archives and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In addition to more than 500 volumes of poetry supplied by the grant, the college also received a large donation of books--approximately 3,000 volumes, making the collection one of the largest of contemporary poetry in Nevada and the surrounding region.
An Animated Poem
Enjoy this animated version of "Forgetfulness," narrated by the poet Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate 2001-2003. [1:50 minutes]
Animated Poetry & Poetry Video Links
Poetry Media in Prim Library
In addition to the DVD listed below, Prim Library has a number of DVDs featuring conversations between interviewer Bill Moyers and a variety of contemporary poets.