As one of many pop-up events celebrating Poetry Month, five Nevada County women poets will read their poems for the sixth year. This year’s reading will be held at the bar at the National Exchange Hotel in Nevada City on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Together the women – Ingrid Keriotis, Kirsten Casey, Judie Rae, Molly Fisk and Judy Crowe – have published hundreds of poems in books, magazines, anthologies, newspapers and literary journals.
Pop-ups lead to the all-day Sierra Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 30 at Miners Foundry in Nevada City.
Women will read poems about love and life; wind, rain and fire; the joys and tribulations of our time and place…and more.
Read on to learn more about the poets:
Ingrid Keriotis earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University. His works have appeared in the anthology More than the ground, more than the sky and in literary journals like Blue Unicorn, Talking River, Steam Ticket, Canary, and Sisyphus. His collection of poetry, It all started with nature Horses, was published in 2019. She teaches English at Sierra College and walks under the pines near her home to find inspiration.
Kirsten Casey is the current Nevada County Poet Laureate and a California School Poet. As a recipient, she writes poems celebrating local historical places, people and events. She also leads community workshops to promote poetry and make the process of its creation more accessible. Her second book of poetry (with the working title Instant Obsolescence) explores historical and literary figures struggling with social media.
Judie Rae holds a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of California. She is the author of a college themed reader, Rites of Passage, as well as four children’s novels, including Nancy Drew Mystery. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, as well as in her poetry collections. The weight of roses and howl the moon. For 27 years, Judie taught middle school English; now retired, she currently teaches online memoir writing courses.
Molly Fisk was Nevada County’s first Poet Laureate and is a Laureate of the Academy of American Poets. She edited the 2020 collection, California Fire & Water: An Anthology of the Climate Crisis, is the author of books of poetry, The most difficult beauty and Listening to winter, and contributes to a weekly essay on KVMR Radio. Molly has received numerous awards for individual poems as well as grants from the NEA, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is the Poet Laureate of KVMR in Nevada City and Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah.
Judy Crowe taught creative writing, children’s literature, public speaking, and English literature and composition at Sierra College. She has been active in the Nevada County literary community for many years, including as a board member of Literature Alive and currently serves on the literary committee of the Nevada County Arts Council. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and in her collection of poetry, Still Water: Nebraska Poems.
Check out the details of all the pop-ups and the festival:
Five Women Poets from Nevada County Pop-Up Poetry Reading
Thursday 21 April, 6.30–7.30 p.m.
National Exchange Hotel Bar, City of Nevada