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.
We have hosted writers such as Rebecca Makkai, Nick Flynn, Tim O’Brien, Patricia Smith, Denise Duhamel, Tobias Wolff, Kelle Groom, Lola Haskins, Brenda Hillman, Bob Hass, and many others.
Readings: Friday evenings, 5 pm Pacific time.
Workshops: Saturday mornings, 10am – noon Pacific time. Can be taken for credit.
Location: The land of ZOOM
2021 – 2022 Writers in the Woods
Aimee Nezhukumatathil's World of Wonders, In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, is the 2021 Common Read for both SNU and Nevada Humanities. The New York Times best-selling illustrated collection of nature essays was a Kirkus Prize finalist, Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Year, and NPR Best Book of 2020.
“Try to go back and remember that kid you were, filling your pockets with a rock shaped like Florida or a leaf that reminded you of something funny. Be the person who says ‘Look, look, look’ and ‘Why, why, why.’ What are you curious about that makes you smile and want to learn about this planet again? You don’t need to have giant acreage; you can step outside and see how frost is forming on the grass. It’s just a reset, like there’s a knob at the back of your head that’s tilted toward jadedness. Turn it back to wonder.”
NY Times Book Reviews: Sept. 11, 2020 and Dec. 12, 2020
Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author, speaker, educator, (and occasional actor). He is the author of the acclaimed novels: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish, Each Tiny Spark, and the forthcoming The Last Beekeeper. His novels have received numerous honors and starred reviews, been featured on many Best Books of the Year and state award lists, and been reviewed by the NY Times and Washington Post.
"Pablo Cartaya's sensational debut is a love letter to boyhood, poetry, and family. Quite simply, this is the book I've been waiting for."
— Matt de la Peña, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal–winning author of The Last Stop on Market Street
Pablo has always been a hopeless romantic. In middle school he secretly loved reading Shakespeare’s sonnets (don’t tell anyone). He wrote eight (bad) poems for a girl he liked, and he’s been writing ever since. He writes stories that reflect his family, his Cuban-American cultura, and love his of words.author website: www.pablocartaya.com
Kendra Atleework was born and raised on the dry eastern edge of California, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She moved away for a decade, mostly spent being homesick and researching the place she left behind, the crucible of California's water wars. Her first book, Miracle Country, is the the product of that time. It is the 2021 pick for the statewide program Nevada Reads and a winner of the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.
"Atleework is that rare writer—capable of heart-stopping memoir while performing a work of keen observation and serious history. A work of stunning acuity and candor."
- Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day
Kendra holds an MFA in writing from the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers Award and lives in her hometown of Bishop, California, where she can be found roaming the mountains and desert and growing a big garden.author website: www.atleework.com/
February 4 - 5
Gina Frangello is the author the memoir Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and received starred reviews at Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and BookPage, as well as making several Best of 2021 lists. She is also the author of four books of fiction, including A Life in Men, which is now under development by Denver & Delilah, Charlize Theron’s production company, and Every Kind of Wanting, which was included by both Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Review of Books as one of the “Best Books of 2016.”
"Frangello astutely dissects the quandaries of female sexuality, adoption, terminal illness, and compound heartbreak in a torrent of tough-minded observations, audacious candor, and storytelling moxie."
— Donna Seaman, Booklist
Frangello is a regular contributor to Psychology Today magazine, and has published in Ploughshares, Fence, Salon, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and many other venues. She runs an international writing program, “Other Voices Queretaro” in the Central Highlands of Mexico. She recently teamed with Emily Rapp Black to launch Circe Consulting, a one-stop shop for a broad array of writing support—from editing, to ghost writing, to retreats and more.author website: www.ginafrangello.com/
Carmen Maria Machado
March 4 - 5
Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House. Her award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties was chosen by the New York Times in 2018 as one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Vogue, This American Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere.
"Machado’s writing is full of repressed physical energy and the raw juice of annihilating female fury. The body is the subject, the culprit, the innocent. ... She does unimaginable things with a prom dress."
— Louise Erdrich, author of The Millions
Machado has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Awards for Lesbian Fiction and LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.author website: carmenmariamachado.com/
April 8 - 9
Kim Addonizio's latest books are the poetry collections Mortal Trash and Now We’re Getting Somewhere (W.W. Norton), and a memoir, Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin). Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to her seven poetry collections, two novels, and two story collections, she is the author of two books on writing poetry: The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius.
“Her poems are always accessible, sexy, sarcastic, and, at their core, deeply emotional and moving.”
Addonizio's word/music CDS are Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel, the companion to My Black Angel: Blues Poems and Portraits, a collaboration with woodcut artist Charles D. Jones. Her poetry has been translated into multiple languages and published around the globe. Addonizio’s awards include two fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim, two Pushcart Prizes, and other honors.author website: www.kimaddonizio.com
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
Annual Tahoe Poetry Slam
June Sylvester Saraceno
Lacy M. Johnson
Wendy J. Fox
Cathy Linh Che
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