A Virtual Poetry Reading with Shaun Griffin, Ann Keniston, Gailmarie Pahmeier, and Lindsay Wilson

A selection of Nevada’s finest poets will join us for a livestream reading on Thursday, October 1st. Shaun Griffin, Ann Keniston, Gailmarie Pahmeier, and Lindsay Wilson will be reading selections from their newer works at 4:00pm via livestream on the Sundance YouTube channel. If you are unable to watch while the reading is happening, never fear! The video will remain available for later viewing.


Shaun Griffin has dedicated his life to creating a caring community. In 1991, he and his wife, Deborah, founded Community Chest, a nonprofit organization that directs more than thirty programs for northern Nevada including hunger relief, service learning, drug and alcohol counseling, and art and social justice projects. Throughout this time he has taught a poetry workshop at Northern Nevada Correctional Center, and published a journal of their work, Razor Wire. In 2014 he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he received the Rosemary MacMillan Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.


Ann Keniston is a poet-scholar interested in the relation of the creative to the scholarly. She is the author of several poetry collections, including the 2020 poetry collection Somatic (Terrapin), coeditor of The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology (McFarland 2012), and the author of several scholarly studies of contemporary poetry. A recipient of three Nevada Arts Council fellowships in poetry as well as fellowships from Sierra Arts (Reno) and the Somerville (MA) Arts Council, she has held residencies at the CAMAC Arts Center (France), the Ucross Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in over thirty journals, including Yale Review, Gettysburg Review, Water-Stone, and Literary Imagination. A professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches poetry workshops and literature classes, she lives in Reno.


Gailmarie Pahmeier has lived most of her life in Nevada. She teaches creative writing in the MFA Programs at Sierra Nevada University and the University of Nevada, where she has been honored with various teaching awards, including the University Distinguished Teacher Award. Widely published, her work has received a number of awards, including a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and three fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council. Pahmeier is the author of three chapbooks and two full-length collections of poetry, including The Rural Lives of Nice Girls. In 2015, she was appointed Reno's first Poet Laureate, in 2016 she was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, and in 2017, she was selected as Nevada's Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities.


Lindsay Wilson is an English professor at Truckee Meadows Community College where he edits the school's literary journal, The Meadow. He has received a Silver Pen from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame as well as a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize XLII. His first collection of poetry was No Elegies, and his latest chapbook is Because the Dirt Here is Poor



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Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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