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Through our extensive collection of publications, outreach programs, and public events, the Sierra Nevada College Poetry Center encourages an active and diverse poetry community across Northern Nevada and beyond.

“Poetry: the best words in the best order.”

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3rd Anniversary Celebration, Spring 2017

Readings and Workshops with poets Cedar Sigo, Lauren Levin, and Lara Mimosa Montes.

What: Reception and Readings with the poets
When: Friday March 31 | 7pm
Where: SNC Poetry Center (in Prim Library)

What: Workshops with the poets
When: Saturday April 1, 9 – 11am
Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave. Reno, NV 89509

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Cedar Sigo

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, on Joanne Kyger (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2017), and author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s College, Naropa University, and University Press Books. He lives in San Francisco.

Lauren Levin

Lauren Levin is the author of THE BRAID (Krupskaya, 2016) and the forthcoming TWO ESSAYS (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018) as well as several chapbooks, including The Lens (Little Red Leaves, 2014) and Working (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). From 2011-2014, she co–edited the Poetic Labor Project. She grew up in New Orleans and lives in Richmond, CA with her family.

Lara Mimosa Montes

Lara Mimosa Montes is a writer based in New York and Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in Fence, BOMB, The Third Rail, and elsewhere. She is a recently defended PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She also teaches poetry at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and works as an editor for Triple Canopy and Poor Claudia magazines. Her first book, The Somnambulist, is available from Horse Less Press. She was born in the Bronx.

Co-sponsored by Sundance Books and Music and the Poetry Center at Sierra Nevada College

Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, March 2014


Shaun T. Griffin reading at the Poetry Center’s first anniversary, March 2015

Our collection of over 2,500 volumes is the heart of the Poetry Center. It provides a comprehensive overview of the art of poetry as practiced in the United States. The collection is especially strong in the areas of contemporary poetry, and features many rare and hard to find volumes. Located on the ground floor of Prim Library of SNC Tahoe, the collection is open to the general public.

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The Poetry Center’s collection was founded around the donation of Clint Colby, the Tucson area publisher of Sun Gnomon Press and collector of poetry. Additional volumes have been donated by Rodney Phillips and Lusia Slomkowska.

The center was made possible by a grant awarded by the Nevada State Library and Archives and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

nea-lockup-A-360x100naclogo-63x100This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.