CARSON CITY — Nevada poets Laura Wetherington and Jared Stanley will discuss their work and read poetry at 4 p.m. May 7 at the main gallery inside Western Nevada Community College, 2201 W. College Parkway in Carson City. The event is free.
Both Wetherington and Stanley earned special recognition from the Nevada Arts Council through fellowships granted in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. Each poet was awarded a 12-month fellowship intended to provide artists with time, materials and living expenses to share and develop their work.
Wetherington teaches at Sierra Nevada College and is an advisor for the Sierra Nevada Review. She earned a 2014 artist grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation. Her first book of poems, “A Map Predetermined and Chance,” was selected for the National Poetry Series, a competition that selects and publishes five manuscripts per year.
Stanley writes on various topics and currently is working on poetry of military mysticism and the obligations of wildflowers. The Reno resident teaches at Sierra Nevada College and recently contributed to “It Calls from the Creek,” “Surrender,” and “Lake Lahontan’s Maritime Legacy.” He is the author of two poetry books, “The Weeds” and “Book Made of Forest.”
The Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program was created in 1988 to encourage the pursuit of artistic excellence by providing financial support to Nevada artists. The fellowships may be awarded to artists at any stage of their career development. Since the program’s inception, NAC has recognized the work of 167 actors, dancers, choreographers, composers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, playwrights, poets, sculptors, theater directors, visual artists and writers. By acknowledging outstanding artistic accomplishment, the fellowships promote public awarenss and appreciation of the role of the artist in society. For details, call 775-687-6680 or visit the NAC website, nac.nevadaculture.org.
The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts- and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the NAC coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high school-aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, contact 775-687-6680 or visit the NAC website, nac.nevadaculture.org.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.