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Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series
Come hear, meet, and exchange ideas with well-known poets and writers from all over the country at SNU Tahoe’s Writers in the Woods readings and workshops.
Readings: Friday evenings, 7 – 9pm. Free and open to the public.
Workshops: Saturday mornings, 10am – noon. Free to students, $50 for community members — REGISTER HERE. Can be taken for credit.
Location: Tahoe Center for Environmental Studies (TCES) Room 139-141
We have hosted writers such as Nick Flynn, Tim O’Brien, Patricia Smith, Denise Duhamel, Tobias Wolff, Kelle Groom, Lola Haskins, Brenda Hillman, Bob Hass, and many others.
2020 – 2021 Season
VIRTUAL READING Details coming soon!
Justin Torres' novel We the Animals is this year's Sierra Nevada University Common Read. It is a blistering debut novel about three brothers tearing their way through childhood in a family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and euphoria.
Torres’s sentences are gymnastic, leaping and twirling . . . always justified by the ferocity and heartbreak and hunger and slap-happy euphoria of these three boys. It’s a knock to the head that will leave your mouth agape.”
— Benjamin Percy, Esquire
Torres has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Granta, Tin House, The Washington Post, Glimmer Train, Flaunt, and other publications, as well as non-fiction pieces in publications like The Guardian and The Advocate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Justin's novel We the Animals has been translated into fifteen languages and was recently adapted into a film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.
author website: www.justin-torres.com
Suzanne Roberts & Gailmarie Pahmeier
SNU celebrates new work by homegirls Suzanne Roberts and Gailmarie Pahmeier.
Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, as well as two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and a collection of essays, A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.
“In Pam Houston’s wonderful stories, sex and hunting are somehow confused, as are humans and animals. People wear skins, the animals speak, and those guys―the ones we all thought were extinct, the ones who defined what a man was―turn up, very much alive, and up to their usual tricks. Houston’s women know they should know better, but they don’t, and the result is a beautiful collection about sexual politics, old and new.”
- Charles Baxter
Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century, among other anthologies. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and several teaching awards. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
author website: pamhouston.net
Christopher Coake is the author of the novel You Came Back and the story collection We’re in Trouble, which won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for a first work of fiction. His new collection, You Would Have Told Me Not To, will be published in 2020 by Delphinium.
"The stories in You Would Have Told Me Not To read like miniature thrillers, even when they stay firmly within the realm of the everyday. They are expertly suspenseful, emotionally powerful, and delightfully dark. The last one, in particular, punched me in the heart. I loved this book."
Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This: “Cat Person" and Other Stories
In 2007 Coake was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. His short fiction has been anthologized in collections such as Best American Mystery Stories 2004; The Best American Noir of the Century; and Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories; and has been published in numerous literary journals. He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he directs the MFA program in creative writing.
author website: www.christophercoake.info
Wendy J. Fox
Wendy J. Fox's first book, The Seven Stages of Anger & Other Stories (Press 53) was finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and her debut novel The Pull of It (Underground Voices), was named a top pick by Displaced Nation. Her most recent novel If The Ice Had Held (Santa Fe Writers Project) is a Buzzfeed recommended read and a grand prize winner from the Santa Fe Writers Project.
“In this tale of tragedy, family secrets, and hidden identities, Wendy J. Fox weaves–with taut prose and an unflinching eye–a web of intersecting lives whose deceptions, disillusionments, and desires capture your attention and then your heart. She has a gift for writing the pulse of real people.”
— Jen Michalski, author of The Summer She Was Under Water
Fox was born in rural Washington state, which has inspired much of her writing on class and the west. Published widely in magazines and blogs, she is also a frequent workshop leader and event panelist.
author website: www.wendyjfox.com
Annual Tahoe Poetry Slam
with MC Elisa Garcia of the Reno Spoken Words Collective
"I want to be the person that someday inspires a complete stranger with my words."
Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place, with the winner claiming the title of Tahoe Slam Champion of the Year.
Nevada Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the state of Nevada.
Claire Vaye Watkins
Luis Alberto Urrea
Li Miao Lovett
Cathy Linh Che
June Sylvester Saraceno
Lacy M. Johnson
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