April 10, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.
Silver City, Nevada – Historic Silver City is the site of a month of poetic events in April. Organized by the Resident Artist Program in Silver City in conjunction with many other groups, the festival includes four public events during National Poetry Month.
David Lee, a major figure in American letters, will read excerpts from his latest book, Rusty Barbed Wire, on Sunday April 10 at 2 p.m. Celebrated for his energetic performances, Lee was Utah’s first Poet Laureate and a runner-up runner-up for America’s Poet Laureate. He is known as “a famous teacher, a legendary reader in classrooms, bookstores and taverns…[whose] the work is full of the most diverse qualities: crushing tragedy, lyrical celebration, high comedy, narrative effervescence.
The author of more than two dozen books of poetry, the award-winning poet dedicated his 2019 book “Mine Tailings” to the community of Silver City, where he has accepted multiple invitations as artist-in-residence since 2016.
Some of his awards include the Western States Book Award, Mountain and Plains States Booksellers Award, Elkhorn Poetry Prize, and Utah Book Awards. David Lee has received several nominations for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He was the fifth Utah scholar to be named a Life Member by the Utah Council of Arts and Sciences and received the Utah Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and Sciences. human Sciences.
David Lee is Professor Emeritus of English at Southern Utah University where he taught for thirty-two years and chaired the Department of Language, Literature, and Humanities for twenty-five of those years. He has received every teaching award given out by the university, including being named Teacher of the Year three times.
David Lee’s reading is organized by the Resident Artist Program of Silver City, with additional support from the Silver City Preservation Society, Silver City Arts and the Silver City Volunteer Library.
The inaugural Silver City Poetry Festival will also include a reading and workshop with Nevada poet Gailmarie Pahmeier on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m.; an event on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. with the Nevada Women’s History Project to honor poet Irene Bruce; and a reading by Nevada Writers Hall of Famer Shaun Griffin on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m.
The Silver City Schoolhouse (community center) is the location for all four April poetry events. It is located on the Comstock in the National Historic District at 385 High Street in Silver City, Nevada 89428. Silver City is 3 miles south of Virginia City, 12 miles from Carson City, and less than 30 miles from Reno. For more information about Silver City Poetry Month events, contact Silver City’s Resident Artist Program Director, Quest Lakes, at (775) 847-0742 or [email protected]