Announcing the 2019 Sierra Poetry Festival

Nevada County Arts Council will present its 3rd Annual Sierra Poetry Festival on April 27, 2019 at Sierra College in Grass Valley, attended by some of our most exciting local, national and international poets and performers. Early bird registration will open in early January 2019, while opportunities to join our family of benefactors are now available.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month

In addition to its mainstage event, Sierra Poetry Festival marks National Poetry Month from the rolling foothills of California’s Gold Country to the rugged High Sierra, bringing our rich literary community together to celebrate the spoken word and reach out to brand new audiences in fresh ways. Readings, workshops, music, an activity fair for all ages and youth performances will be preceded by a month of pre-festival pop-up poetry events.

Why poetry?

Poetry is the fastest growing artform in the United States. Like communities across the world, we believe that poetry has the power to inspire, heal and build bridges. We believe that it is a healthy way to share experiences, teach patience and joy, and bring communities together.

Our theme

Sierra Poetry Festival encourages both a strong local presence and international and universal themes. Each year we choose a special anchor for these themes. For 2019 our anchor point is Breath and Shadow, breath indicating the ebb and flow of nature and the seasons, and shadow being symbolic of our ephemeral existence and self-reflection.

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While intrinsically poetic, our theme might also be interpreted as earthed in tumultuous times and the need for presence and intention in navigating them. Beyond this, we invite broad interpretation of our annual themes - from our sponsors, poets and audiences. They are yours to make meaningful, and to have fun with.

Want to join the Sierra Poetry festival Family?

Our line-up of poets and performers for 2019 is already exceptional and will be announced formally in January 2019. But our Sierra Poetry Festival family is more than our line-up. It is you – our audience members, sponsors, social media specialists, our videographers, photographers, caterers and our many volunteers.

You can support Sierra Poetry Festival in many different ways. Please reach out to us if you want to get involved!