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April 3, 2022 – 3:00pm
Silver City’s inaugural poetry festival kicks off with a reading and workshop by Nevada Poet Laureate Gailmarie Pahmeier on Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm at the Silver City Schoolhouse.
Pahmeier will offer a reading of her poetry, followed by an optional free poetry writing workshop. To reserve a seat at the workshop portion of the event, email Quest Lakes at email@example.com or call 775-847-0742.
Silver City is located within a national historic landmark on the Comstock, 3 miles south of Virginia City. The Silver City Schoolhouse community center address is 385 High Street, Silver City, Nevada 89428.
Gailmarie Pahmeier, a widely published author and Professor Emerita of the University of Nevada, Reno, was named Nevada Poet Laureate by Governor Steve Sisolak, who appointed her to serve a two-year term beginning September 2021 and concluding August 2023.
A 2016 inductee into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Pahmeier has published three full-length works 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 three chapbooks. Her chapbook from Ella Shake It and It Snows won the Coal Hill Chapbook Award from Autumn House Press. Her work by her 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 distinctions. She is currently on the faculty of the low residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada University.
She is the recipient of three Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council, including the prestigious Major Project Fellowship.
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 Teacher in the Humanities.
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, managed by the Nevada Arts Council which oversees the Poet Laureate selection process and submits qualified individuals to the Governor for final review and appointment. The role of the Poet Laureate is to propagate the art of poetry and encourage literacy and learning throughout the state.
Pahmeier’s April 3 reading and workshop are supported, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the state of Nevada. Additional support for the event comes from the Resident Artist Program in Silver City, the Silver City Preservation Society, Silver City Arts, and the Silver City Volunteer Library.