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Writers in the Woods: Award-winning outdoor adventure writer to share his experiences at Sierra Nevada College

A chronicler of the outdoors, an award-winning travel writer, and a part-time Grand Canyon river guide, Kevin Fedarko will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at Sierra Nevada College as the next guest for the Writers in the Woods Literary Series.

Kevin Fedarko’s work has appeared in Esquire, National Geographic Adventure and has been anthologized in “The Best American Travel Writing” of 2004 and 2006. His first book, “The Emerald Mile,” won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2013.

“The Emerald Mile” tells the story of three guides who attempt to propel their boat down the Colorado River, which is swollen from a massive snowmelt that even threatens the safety of the Glen Canyon Dam. Their mission: to be the fastest boat to ever navigate Colorado River as it goes through the Grand Canyon.



The National Outdoor Book Award website says “Author Kevin Fedarko focuses on the three guides, but at the same time, he adeptly weaves into his narrative the broader story of the river itself, and the clash of two opposites: those who love the wild untouched river – and those who desire to use the river for economic benefit. Like the small wooden boat flung down the river, ‘Emerald Mile’ is a riveting ride through history, politics and big dreams.”

The writer and journalist is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and known for his travel narratives. He was a staff writer at Time magazine from 1991-97, where he helped cover the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, according to Simon & Schuster’s biography on Fedarko.




“We’re excited to host an adventure writer who is so clearly aligned with what is characteristically SNC: someone who cares passionately about the environment, an entrepreneurial thrill-seeker who values the power of language and is committed to sustainable practices,” said English Program Chair June Saraceno.

The literary speaker series, Writers in the Woods, brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year.

Fedarko will speak on the campus in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building, Room 139, and will follow with a morning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop will cost $50 for nonstudents. More information and sign-ups can be found at sierranevada.edu.

“I am currently reading ‘The Emerald Mile’ and it resounds with everything I love about the world of rafting and rivers in general. His writing really captures the soul of the river and I am excited to get a look at the process that went into writing such a powerful book,” said Junior Sage Sauerbrey, a New Media Journalism major who guides rafting trips in Idaho during the summers.

Writers in the Woods features a year-long line-up of well-known writers. Upcoming authors include:

Feb. 6-7 – Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones’s critically acclaimed poetry collection, “Prelude to a Bruise,” went into a second printing just months after its 2014 publication. He is an editor at BuzzFeed, and his poetry has appeared in publications like Hayden’s Ferry Review, West Branch, Weave, The Collagist, and Linebreak. His chapbook, “When the Only Light Is Fire,” is published by Sibling Rivalry Press. He blogs about writing, contemporary culture, and the potentialities and limits of the “black gay poet” identity at For Southern Boys Who Consider Poetry.

March 6-7 – Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard is the author of “Grind,” a collection of short stories set in Reno. His short fiction has been widely published, and he is the fiction editor of the literary journal, The Meadow.

April 17-18 – Gailmarie Pahmeier and David Lee

Poet Gailmarie Pahmeier has published the poetry collection, “The Rural Lives of Nice Girls,” as well as several other books. She teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate and is the author of 15 volumes of poetry.


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