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Why to these Rocks at the Sierra Poetry Festival


April 11, 2021 | 11:30 am 12:30 pm

OVER THE MOUNTAIN: POEMS ABOUT PLACE

The Community of Writers celebrates 50 years of writing in and about the High Sierra and presents its new anthology, Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poetry with the Community of Writers. The poems in this anthology were first written during the renowned summer Poetry Workshop. 

Both teaching staff poets and alumni poets of the storied annual summer Poetry Workshops of the Community of Writers will read from the first section of the anthology, “Poems about Place.” In addition to reading from their own work, each featured poet will also select another poem to read. Although the place where these poems were first written unifies these poems, they are as varied and distinctive in their lyricism, voice, and scope as the watershed of the Sierra itself.

Introduced by: Lisa Alvarez, editor

Featured poets:

Patricia Spears JonesSharon OldsMatthew Zapruder 

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About the Speaker

Lisa Alvarez

Lisa Alvarez

Lisa Alvarez is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College. Her poetry and prose has appeared in numerous literary journals. Alvarez coedited Writer’s Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction with Alan Cheuse and Orange County: A Literary Field Guide with Andrew Tonkovich. She codirects the annual Community of Writers summer conference in Olympic Valley, California, and lives in Modjeska Canyon.


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