The Sierra Nevada College English program brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for readings and book signings in intimate settings where audience members get to meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.

Writers in the Woods—Literary Speaker Series

Readings are held Friday evenings from 7 – 9pm (except April 17 will be 6-8pm). They are free and open to the public.

Workshops are held Saturday mornings from 9am – noon. They can be taken for credit and are free to students, $50  for community members—click here to register.

Location of all events is the Tahoe Center for Environmental Studies (TCES) Room 139 – 142 EXCEPT Terry Allen’s events, which will be in the Holman Building’s Garage Door Gallery.

For more information

June Sylvester Saraceno
English Program Chair
775-831-1314 x7514

Nick Flynn

September 5 & 6


Nick Flynn is the author of the SNC Common Read book Being Flynn. His memoir was made into a feature film starring Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano and Julianne Moore. His most recent publication is The Reenactments, which chronicles his experience in the making of the film Being Flynn. He is also the author of three poetry books and winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Some Ether, his debut collection of poetry.

Literary Lollapalooza

September 19

A gathering of writers, editors, publishers, book vendors and more to celebrate literature in the region, the event will feature flash readings and opportunities to meet, mix, and mingle with other literary-minded folks.

Terry Allen

October 17 & 18




Terry Allen is a nationally renowned musician, visual artist, sculptor, painter and writer who often blends all forms into museum-theater artworks that reference his Texas roots. The recipient of both a Guggenheim Fellowship and NEA award, he has written for and worked in both radio and theater. His radio and stage work includes Torso HellBleederReunion (a return to Juarez) and Dugout.

Note: both the reading and workshop will be held in the Garage Door Gallery in the Holman Building.

Kevin Fedarko

November 7 & 8



Kevin Fedarko’s work has appeared in EsquireNational Geographic Adventure, and other publications, and has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing in 2004 and 2006. Fedarko was a staff writer at Time magazine from 1991 to 1997, where his story on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin garnered an Overseas Press Club Award. His latest work, Emerald Mile, won the National Outdoor Book Award.

Saeed Jones

February 6 & 7



Saeed Jones, a 2010 Pushcart Prize Nominee, received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University–Newark. His poetry has appeared in publications like Hayden’s Ferry ReviewstorySouthJubilatWest BranchWeaveThe Collagist, and Linebreak. His chapbook, When the Only Light Is Fire, is published by Sibling Rivalry Press.

He blogs about writing, contemporary culture, and the potentialities and limits of the “black gay poet” identity at For Southern Boys Who Consider Poetry.

Mark Maynard

March 6 & 7


Mark Maynard is the author of Grind, a collection of short stories set in Reno. Described by the Reno News and Review as, “Lots of stories about the gritty realism in and around Reno. Plenty of those characters who make a visit to the environs of Reno both an exciting potential and an illicit affair. In fact, the way urban and rural cultures collide here is an underpinning of this book.” His short fiction has been widely published. He is fiction editor of the literary journal, The Meadow.

Gailmarie Pahmeier & David Lee

April 17 & 18


Gailmarie Pahmeier’s most recent poetry collection, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, was published by Black Rock Press. Other books include With Respect for Distance, Shake It and It Snows and The House on Breakaheart Road. A Nevadan for nearly 30 years, Pahmeier teaches at UNR where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award. She is also the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts for her contributions to literature.


David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate, and is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, including The Porcine LegacyDriving & Drinking, and News from Down to the Café. A former seminary candidate, boxer, semi-pro baseball player, cotton mill worker, and hog farmer, he has a Ph.D. in literature with a concentration in John Milton and taught at Southern Utah University for three decades. He won the Western States Book Award in poetry and has received grants from the NEA and NEH.