The hills are alive with the sound of poetry |

The hills are alive with the sound of poetry

Poet Lisa Dominguez Abraham will read from her new book, "Coyote Logic" on April 26 as part of the build-up to the Sierra Poetry Festival on April 27.
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Nevada County Arts Council announces its third annual Sierra Poetry Festival. The Festival kicks off during the coming week as National Poetry Month is celebrated across America and marks California’s first Arts, Culture & Creativity Month.

During April over thirty local and regional poets of all ages will read, recite, or sing out their poetry at ten events across Nevada County – all leading up to a mainstage event on April 27 at Sierra College, which will be attended by some of our most exciting local, national and international poets and performers.

Pop-up events leading up to the mainstage festival on April 27 are diverse. From ekphrastic poetry presentations in galleries to open mics in which the community can show up and pitch in their poetry in public spaces or book stores; to tasting room workshops in which any member of the public can give poetry a go; to enjoying the work of our most loved poets and poetry ensembles as a listening member of an audience.

Friday, April 5, 6 p.m.—Opening Reception for Word (Osborn Woods Gallery)

Thursday, April 11, 5 p.m. — Journalwild, a Poetry Workshop with Poet Susan Wooldridge (Nevada City Winery)

Friday, April 12, 5 p.m.—An Ekphrastic Journey from Iran in an Uncentered World Map (Leeann Brook Fine Art) 

Saturday, April 13, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.—Youth Poetry & Community Open Mic with KVMR Radio (The Forecourt at BriarPatch Food Coop) 

Wednesday, April 17, 5 p.m.­—Five Women Poets (Nevada City Winery)

Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m.—Open Mic (Word After Word Books, 10118 Donner Pass Road, Truckee)

Saturday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. —Breath and Shadow Creative Writing Workshop (Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Avenue, Truckee)

Thursday, April 25, 6.30 p.m.—The Poetry Crashers (The Chambers Gallery, 103 Argall Way, Nevada City)

Friday, April 26, 3 a.m.—Intersections: A Reading with Gail Entrekin, Pos Moua, Lisa Dominguez Abraham, and Ingrid Keriotis (Nevada City Winery)

Friday, April 26, 5 p.m.—Sierra Poetry Festival Media Lounge – Live with KVMR Radio (Nevada City Winery)

Saturday, April 27, all day—Sierra Poetry Festival (Sierra College in Grass Valley)

Nevada County Arts Council inaugurated Sierra Poetry Festival in 2017 alongside California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia.

“It was a seminal moment for poetry in rural Northern California,” said Eliza Tudor, Executive Director at the Council. “Not only were we acknowledging our own rich culture of literary arts, but inviting some of the nation’s most inspiring poets and presenters. We were bringing poetry in from the margins. Two years on, and – as we approach our third mainstage event – we are right in line with the National Endowment for the Art’s own recognition of poetry as the fastest growing artform in the United States.”

For more information about Sierra Poetry Festival, and to buy tickets, see For more information about California Arts, Culture & Creativity Month, see

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