Joanne Kyger will read Friday |

Joanne Kyger will read Friday

Legendary San Francisco- area poet Joanne Kyger will be the guest reader Friday at the Nevada County Poetry Series in Grass Valley.

Author of more than 19 books, Kyger is known as a “Beat” poet and was one of the few women involved with the San Francisco Renaissance. Currently, Kyger teaches at the Jack Kerouac School of Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colo., and at the New College of San Francisco.

Kyger has a local connection here; she is San Juan Ridge poet Gary Snyder’s first wife.

“Striking how Joanne Kyger can take the most ordinary moment-to-moment living – and ground it in depths we all share; then move out to the mystical and devotional and resolve it all into the magically plain,” Snyder said. “A superb poetic sensibility.”

A book signing and an open mike will follow Kyger’s hour-long presentation, which will include a question-and-answer period. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts’ Van Gogh room, 314 W. Main St.

Admission is $7 general, $5 seniors and students, and $1 for anyone under 18.

Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 for any questions about the poetry reading.

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