Nevada County Poetry Series spotlights 2 of its own |

Nevada County Poetry Series spotlights 2 of its own

On Wednesday, the Nevada County Poetry Series present two of its own, Bill Gainer and Julie Valin, at 7:30 p.m. in the Granucci Room at the Center for the Arts.

“Though both Julie and I read regularly across the country — Portland, Cleveland, Albuquerque, Kansas City and beyond, we try to keep our local appearances limited, mostly hosting and preforming at just a few fundraisers per year,” Gainer said. “We lean to Utah Phillips’ advice, ‘Performing too much at home is like p–ing in your own nest!’ But this being the Nevada County Poetry Series’ last show this year, we have decided to forsake our dear friend’s advice and risk it all! Believe me — when Julie and I get together on stage — it is always an adventure in fun. Join us.”

Gainer contributes to the literary scene as a writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet. He reads and works with a wide range of poets and writers, from the emerging to the nationally known. He has won the San Francisco Beat Museum’s Poetry Contest and the Sacramento News and Review’s Flash Fiction Contest. He continues to edit for the Pen Award-winning R. L. Crow Publications. Gainer is a founding and current board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series, and hosts “Poetry with Legs” at the Shine in Sacramento twice a month. His latest book is the “Fine Art of Poisoning.” Visit him at

Valin’s poetry has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies, and she is the co-publisher and founder of the celebrated after-hours poetry press, Six Ft. Swells. By day she is a copy editor, book designer, self-publishing specialist, a long-standing board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series and a committed member of Nevada County Arts’ literature committee. By night she is a beer-swigging gypsy and avid appreciator of the show “Sons of Anarchy” — after her daughter goes to sleep. Her book of poems, “The Distance Between,” is available on Amazon. More information can be found at

Tickets are available at the door for $5 general, seniors and students, and $1 for those under 18. Refreshments and open-mic included. The show will be in the Granucci Room (use the main entrance) at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. For more information call 530-432-8196 or 530-274-8384.

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