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July 25, 2022 – 6:00 p.m.
Encourage your friends and neighbors by reading the poetry they wrote this summer! On Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m., attendees who participated in a creative aging poetry writing series with Nevada Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier will read work generated during their month-long workshop experience.
Please bring a lawn chair for the event, which will take place on the stage at Silver City Park (in case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside the nearby school/community center). Stay for light refreshments after reading.
Support: The activity is made possible by a grant from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with EA Michelson Philanthropy, and supported in part by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties and the Silver City Volunteer Library.
About the summer workshop:
Nevada Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier led the summer workshop for adults 55 and older. She explains that “in this workshop, we will discuss and write about what makes us Nevadans, how we got here and why we stay, and why our individual voices make this place so rich. We will study the art of storytelling, storytelling, focusing primarily on poetry, traditional forms and the prose poem. We will cover metaphor, musicality, how lines move down the page towards meaning… As a community of Nevadans, our thematic focus will be on where we live and how we live: how do we tell our stories so that they resonate with others, especially those who are not like us.
About Gailmarie Pahmeier:
Gailmarie Pahmeier, widely published author and professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno, was named Nevada Poet Laureate and appointed for a two-year term beginning in September 2021 and ending in August 2023.
A 2016 inductee into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Pahmeier has published three comprehensive books of poetry, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, The House on Breakaheart Road, and Of Bone, Of Ash, Of Ordinary Saints: A Nevada Gospel, as well as only three chapbooks. His chapbook Shake It and It Snows won the Coal Hill Chapbook Award from Autumn House Press. Her work has been included in literary journals Booth, Spillway, and Descant, among others.
Pahmeier taught creative writing and contemporary literature at UNR, where she received the University Distinguished Teacher Award and the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award, among other honors. She is currently a faculty member of the low residency MFA program at the University of Sierra Nevada.
She is the recipient of three Nevada Arts Council Artist Grants, including the prestigious Major Project Grant.
Pahmeier received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, served as Reno’s first Poet Laureate, and in 2017 was recognized by Nevada Humanities as an Outstanding Social Studies Teacher.
The Nevada Poet Laureate enriches the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media. The Nevada State Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed position administered by the Nevada Arts Council which oversees the Poet Laureate selection process and submits qualified individuals to the Governor for final review and nomination. The role of the poet laureate is to propagate the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the state.