Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series
SNU Tahoe’s Writers in the Woods brings well-known poets and writers from all over the country to the campus for intimate readings and workshops, where audience members can meet and exchange ideas with the guest writers.
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.
2019 – 2020 Season
September 27 - 28
Rebecca Makkai's most recent work, The Great Believers was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and was featured as one of the top ten best books for 2018 in the New York Times.
“Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers is . . . among the first to convey the terrors and tragedies of the [AIDs] epidemic’s early years as well as its course and repercussions . . . an absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.”
- Michael Cunningham in The New York Times Book Review
Makkai is also the author of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s Novel of the Year award, The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut, and the short story collection Music for Wartime.author website: http://rebeccamakkai.com/
Lacy M. Johnson
October 18 - 19
Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based professor, curator, activist, and writer. The Reckonings was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Criticism, and one of the best books of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Electric Literature, Autostraddle, Book Riot, and Refinery 29.
"Johnson grapples with the fundamental issue of our time: what is justice? What is punishment? What is mercy? Johnson's beautiful writing and hard-won wisdom will make you think, and then think again."
- Emily Rapp, Author of The Still Point of the Turning World
November 1 - 2
Michael Branch is a Reno-based professor, writer, humorist, environmentalist and desert rat. He is the recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award and the Western Literature Association Frederick Manfred Award for Creative Writing.
"[Branch’s] gift for humor arises in well-turned phrases and ironic scenes . . . You might not know which to prefer: the erudite storyteller with the massive vocabulary, or the good old boy who confesses he’s also a bit of a gear head. But you need not choose between the two.”
- The Spokesman-Review on How to Cuss in Western
Gayle Brandeis & June Sylvester Saraceno
February 7 - 8
SNC celebrates new titles by home girls Gayle Brandeis and June Sylvester Saraceno. Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in a Chorus (A Testimony) by Gayle Brandeis and Feral, North Carolina, 1965, a novel, and The Girl from Yesterday, a poetry collection by June Sylvester Saraceno will be featured.
Gayle Brandeis grew up in the Chicago area and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. Her latest book is The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving my Mother’s Suicide, a memoir. She is the author of the poetry books The Selfless Bliss of the Body and Dictionary Poems, Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage and Delta Girls, and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns. She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011.
author website: www.gaylebrandeis.com
June Sylvester Saraceno
June Sylvester Saraceno is the author of two books of poetry, including Of Dirt and Tar (Cherry Grove Collections 2014). She has been honored with the Excellence and Innovation in Humanities Teaching by Nevada Humanities for her dedicated work at SNC, including establishing the Writers in the Woods series. Her new titles Feral, North Carolina, 1965, and The Girl from Yesterday will be hitting bookstores soon.
April 10 - 11
Kaveh Akbar is an Iranian-American poet, professor, and scholar. He is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, among many other awards.
“Akbar has what every poet needs: the power to make, from emotions others have felt, memorable language nobody has assembled before.”
- Stephanie Burt for the Yale Review on Calling a Wolf a Wolf
Annual Tahoe Poetry Slam
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.
Luis Alberto Urrea
Li Miao Lovett
Claire Vaye Watkins
Cathy Linh Che
For more information
June Sylvester Saraceno
English Program Chair