Sierra Nevada College opens poetry center

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Sierra Nevada College opens poetry center

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Poet Laureate of California Juan Felipe Herrera speaks at the new poetry center's recent grand opening at Sierra Nevada College.

One of the largest collections of contemporary poetry in Nevada is now housed at Sierra Nevada College's new poetry center in Incline Village.

The center features American poetry from the 1960s to today.

Library director, Dr. Betts Markle, says the college received a nearly $50,000 state grant to get the center off the ground, but it's still in an early stage of development.

“For the future, we would like to have more of a little bit of stable funding," Markle explains. "I think that will come through the college. We would also like to have a director of the poetry center.”

English Department Chair June Sylvester Saraceno says the center will enable both students and people in the region to gather and connect.

"I think it's important because it'll be a cultural hub for the community," she says, "a place where the collection of poetry is so extensive, that I think it rivals anything else that has previously been offered to the public in this area."

Already, the Nevada Arts Council has a traveling exhibit on display there. It features the words and images of local writers, including, Robert Laxalt, the celebrated Nevada writer, who explored Basque identity and ranching life in many of his works.