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.
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
SNU Students: Contact the registrar at email@example.com (undergrads) or firstname.lastname@example.org (grad students) to enroll.
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 Fall 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
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/
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.
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