Work with
Carolyn Forché, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Nathalie Handal,
& Lee Herrick.


Our poetry faculty consists of nationally and internationally known writers from many different backgrounds, working in broadly diverse styles and subject matter. At SNC Tahoe, you’ll work with writers like Carolyn Forché, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Nathalie Handal, Lee Herrick, and many more.

Our faculty have been awarded the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award, a Lamont Poetry Selection, the Lenore Marshall Prize, National Book Award nominations, shortlist for the T.S. Eliot Prize (U.K.) and winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize (U.S.), the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, Lannan Foundation Fellowships, the Poet’s Prize, USA Fellowships, Guggenheim Grants, NEA Fellowships, a Witter Bynner Foundation Poetry Fellowship, and the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature. Their work has been published in Poetry, APR, The Paris Review, the Guardian, the Best American Poetry Series, Vanity Fair, the Poetry Foundation, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Poetry Ireland, and for Words without Borders, among many others.


“In the Sierra Nevada College MFA program, graduate students can expect supportive rigor, literary inspiration, and a deepened understanding of their craft. We want to work with you and share what we know—from idea to final draft, from the personal to the political, from the local to the global. This program builds writers, and through your words, your life and others’ lives may well be transformed.”

— Lee Herrick, MFA Faculty

Recent guest authors have included Tanya Shirley, John F. Deane, Sinéad Morrissey, Matthew Sweeney, and Damir Šodan.

SNC Tahoe provides a nurturing, mentoring environment for its students, where social and environmental justice issues can be explored alongside poems that explore the interior world of the artist. We equip students with the tools — and the inspiration — to succeed in their writing lives long after obtaining their degree. As we see it, the poems we write today have something to teach us about the poems we will write tomorrow.