a row of poetry books at the Poetry Center at Sierra Nevada University, an extensive collection of modern American poetry

The Poetry Center

Encounter the living art of poetry!

Through our extensive collection of publications, outreach programs, and public events, the Sierra Nevada University 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

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 SNU Tahoe, the collection is open to the general public.
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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

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.