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Nevada County Poetry Series

The Nevada County Poetry Series presents the poets, writers and essayists Carolyn Crane and Martha Ann Blackman.

“There is elegance in Crane’s and Blackman’s work.,” says Nevada County Poetry Series board member Bill Gainer. “They take us to the places the heart has forgotten. They juggle the promise and the wish with a language that defines another level of understanding.”

Carolyn Crane, a Nevada City writer, returns to the Nevada County Poetry Series after nearly 10 years. The award-winning playwright and journalist recently founded Lightcap Farm, a quirky enterprise that blends her passions for gardening and publishing with her obsession with Edward Abbey. Crane will read from her collection of essays, many of which aired on KVMR and other west coast community radio stations between 1993 and 2003.



Martha Ann Blackman has read her poems and performed her songs in Sacramento, the Bay Area and the North West since 1973. She was a Poet in the Schools through the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Blackman co-edited, with Ann Menebroker, the book “Watching from the Sky” and published a book of her own work, “The Bye Book.” Her poems have been widely published in local and national journals and magazines. Long recognized for her social and political activism, Blackman’s commitment to environmental safety made her a vocal spokesperson for the successful closure of the nuclear power plant, Rancho Saco. She remains a sought after speaker and continues the good fight.


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