The Nevada County Poet Laureate Program is an initiative of Nevada County Arts Council in collaboration with Nevada County Board of Supervisors. There are many regional poet laureate programs across California but not all programs are designed as a County partnership. We felt we needed a robust program to reflect the extraordinary depth and breadth of poets and poetry appreciation in Nevada County – and to respect the role poetry can play in people’s lives.

The program was inaugurated formally at our 1st Annual Sierra Poetry Festival on April 1, 2016 at which time we celebrated our inaugural Nevada County Poet Laureate, Molly Fisk, in the presence of California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia.

Born in San Francisco, poet Molly Fisk earned a BA at Radcliffe College/Harvard University and an MBA at Simmons College Graduate School of Management. In her poems, Fisk probes transitional periods in family life with clarity and wry humor. She is the author of the poetry collections Houston, We Have a Possum: Further Observations from a Working PoetThe More Difficult Beauty (2010); Listening to Winter (2000); Terrain (1998) and a volume of radio essays, Blow-Drying a Chicken: Observations from a Working Poet (2013). 

Fisk’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marin Arts Council, and the California Arts Council as well as a Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize in Poetry, a Dogwood Prize, a Billee Murray Denny Prize, a National Writer’s Union Prize, and a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


  Nevada County's Poet Laureate Molly Fisk

Nevada County's Poet Laureate Molly Fisk

"I'm completely delighted to be chosen as Nevada County's inaugural Poet Laureate! Formalizing the role of Poet Laureate is a lovely gesture toward the literary arts of this very literary county, officially recognizing something that has developed organically over many years. I'm grateful to Nevada County Arts Council and the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for their understanding and support of poetry's place in a thriving community. And I can't say enough about how much I love living and working alongside so many good poets in our county."  - Moly Fisk

Freee Poetry Hours

As Molly says: "What the heck is poetry, what does it do, how is it different from novels, advertising, and songs? I can show you aspects of how it's made, give you a little history, a little gossip (no slander!), and I'd like to hear what poetry means to you. We can wander anywhere you want to go. This is an open forum for us to talk about all aspects of the art."

Poetry Hours are Wednesdays at 10.30am, once a month, from August through March.

August 9 at 10.30am  THREE FORKS BAKERY & BREWING CO., Nevada City

September 6 at 10.30am  SIERRA MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS, Grass Valley

October 11 at 10.30am  COFFEEBAR, Truckee

November 8 at 5pm  SUMMER THYME'S BAKERY & DELI, Grass Valley

December 13 at 10.30am  FLOUR GARDEN BAKERY, Grass Valley (Brunswick locale)

January 10 at 10.30am  JAVA JOHN'S, Nevada City

February 14 at 10.30am  BRIARPATCH FOOD CO-OP, Grass Valley

March 14 at 10.30pm  DARK HORSE COFFEE ROASTERS, Truckee

Questions?  Send us an email at or get in touch with  Molly via email.