THANK YOU to all the poetry lovers and enthusiastic supporters of the upcoming Sierra Poetry Festival and the San Juan Ridge Community Library. One hundred and sixty people came out to the Shady Creek Event Center on Friday evening, April 6, to hear acclaimed poets Will Staple and Gary Snyder read from their published works. The crowd enjoyed wines and lavish desserts. The evening was co-hosted by Nevada County Arts Council and part of National Poetry Month, the lead up to the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28 in Grass Valley, CA. (Photo credits: Radu Sava)
Will Staple‘s work has been translated into Russian, German, and Italian. He is the recipient of the Engpol Median International Award and has read from the coffeehouses of San Francisco to Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and was a featured reader at the Internazionale Percorsi Poesia Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. He is a long-time poet teacher with California Poets In the Schools.
Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder is an esteemed poet of the Beat Generation. He has published more than a dozen collections of poetry and prose. Practice of the Wild is widely recognized one of the most influential environmental books of the last fifty years. Snyder’s extensive mountaineering, travel, and study of Buddhism have long influenced his perspectives and his art.