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The SNC Poetry Center in Prim Library promotes appreciation of contemporary poetry to SNC students and community members while providing support for current and emerging poets. The Poetry Center provides access to a wide and diverse collection of poetry.
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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


New York Times Poets and Poetr

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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.  

Sierra Nevada College Poetry Center


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

  • Favorite Poem Project
    Developed by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, this website features videos of people reciting and talking about their favorite poems. The readers vary widely, from former President Bill Clinton to everyday people of all ages, filmed at their jobs or at home, across the nation.
  • Poetry Everywhere
    POETRY EVERYWHERE was created by University of Wisconsin college students. These poetry films are appropriate for high school ages as well as younger readers. Many of the poems featured are by very well-known contemporary poets, and the website provides a lot of other features as well.
  • Poetry Out Loud
    For videos, find the blue "Poems & Performances" tab, pull it down, then click on "Watch Videos," or go to the Poetry Out Loud channel on You Tube.
  • TEXT FLOWS [from the Academy of American Poets]
    The Academy of American Poets website is for all ages, but TEXT FLOWS takes the reading of poetry to another level in terms of the poem's words and phrases being presented in a typographically animated form. This is a perfect example of the “non-threatening” aspect of poetry, with its "white space" as a canvas for the brief lines and images, which help some visual learners to better see and appreciate playing with words, and seing the condensed narrative power of the poetic voice.
  • TEXT FLOW Example

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. 

Call Number: POETRY CENTER PN 1995.9 .M27 S983 2004
ISBN: 0783297823
Publication Date: 2004
Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this powerfully passionae true story of legendary American auhor and poet Sylvia Plath.

Louder Than a Bomb
Call Number: POETRY CENTER PS 3552 .L9 Z75 2000
Publication Date: 2012
The story of fou Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa.

Bukowski: Born Into This
Call Number: POETRY CENTER PS 3552 .U4 Z58 2006
Publication Date: 2006
This is the first comprehensive documentary of Charles Bukowski 1920-1994)--international celebrity, poet, novelist and underground cult icon.

Poetry and Its Relevance: An Experiment
Call Number: POETRY CENTER PN 1059 .A9 P64 2005
Publication Date: 2005
What is poetry, and what place does it have in today's society? In an attempt to answer these questions, two filmmakers stood an old refrigerator on a busy San Francisco street corner, invited passerby to compose poems using magnetic poetry kits and filmed the intriguing resuls

Howl - Ginsberg, Allen
Call Number: POETRY CENTER DVD PN 1997.2 .H695 2010
Publication Date: 2010
The film made from Allen Ginsberg's counter-culture classic poem. With James Franco, David Strathairn, and Jon Hamm.


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