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.
2021 – 2022 Preview Announcement
We are very excited to announce that Aimee Nezhukumatathil, SNU’s upcoming Common Read author, will kick off the 21 – 22 Writers in the Woods season!
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
Both readings and workshops will be interactive online Zoom events until further notice. All are open to the public. All community registration fees have been suspended until we are back on the ground.
Registration: Due to the online format, pre-registration is required for both readings and workshops.
Registrations must be received 24 hours prior to the event to ensure you receive your Zoom link.
SNU Community: Register Here
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Readings: Friday evenings, 5 pm Pacific time.
Workshops: Saturday mornings, 10am – noon Pacific time. Can be taken for credit.
Location: The land of ZOOM
2020 – 2021 Writers in the Woods Season
Zoom Reading: 5 pm Pacific
Justin Torres' novel We the Animals is this year's Sierra Nevada University Common Read. This 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
Zoom Reading: 5 pm Pacific
SNU celebrates new work by homegirls Suzanne Roberts and Gailmarie Pahmeier.
Zoom Reading: 5pm Pacific
Pam Houston's newest book, Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place, chronicles the correspondence between writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine in response to the spread of coronavirus. Part tribute to wilderness, part indictment against tyranny and greed, the dialog is based on their shared devotion to the rugged, windswept mountains that surround their homes. Houston is also the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, two collections of essays, A Little More About Me and A Rough Guide to the Heart, and Women on Hunting: Essays, Fiction, and Poetry.
“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
April 9 - 10
Patrick Hicks's most recent book, In the Shadow of Dora, spans two very different decades — from the Nazi concentration camp of Dora-Mittelbau, to the coast of central Florida on the eve of the Apollo 11 liftoff. He wrote the critically and popularly acclaimed novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, as well as volumes of fiction and poetry including The Collector of Names, Adoptable, and This London.
“This story is gripping in its tragedy, thrilling in its detail, and unforgettable for its protagonist, whose will to not only survive, but thrive, live, and love is a testament to the human spirit. In the Shadow of Dora is tenacious, just like its hero.”
— Peter Geye, author of Northernmost and Wintering
Hicks has been published widely in some of the most vital literary journals in North America. His poetry has appeared on NPR, The PBSNewsHour, and American Life in Poetry, and he is the radio host of Poetry from Studio 47. A dual-citizen of Ireland and America, now that he has returned to his Midwestern roots he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie with his British wife and playing in the backyard with his son.
author website: patrickhicks.org
April 23 - 24
Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017; Penguin UK, 2018). He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). Kaveh is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, Pushcart Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America.
“Akbar has what every poet needs: the power to make, from emotions others have felt, memorable language nobody has assembled before.”
- Stephanie Burt, Yale Review
Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he writes a weekly column for the Paris Review called "Poetry RX." Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His next work, Pilgrim Bell, is forthcoming in 2021 (Graywolf).author website: kavehakbar.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.
Lacy M. Johnson
Luis Alberto Urrea
Cathy Linh Che
June Sylvester Saraceno
Claire Vaye Watkins
Li Miao Lovett
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