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Gailmarie Pahmeie – Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series
October 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - October 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Gailmarie Pahmeier’s newest book, Of Bone, Of Ash, Of Ordinary Saints: A Nevada Gospel, is publishing in 2020.
She spent much of 2017 and 2018 spending 2-3 day residencies in Nevada state parks as the 2017-18 recipient of the Nevada Arts Council’s Major Project Fellowship. In an act of both imagination and observation, she gathered and composed narratives about the people she encountered in these often remote locations, and the landscapes they inhabited.
Gailmarie Pahmeier’s most recent poetry collection, The Rural Lives of Nice Girls, was published by Black Rock Press. Other books include With Respect for Distance, Shake It and It Snows and The House on Breakaheart Road. A Nevadan for nearly 30 years, she is a former poet laureate of Reno. Pahmeier teaches at UNR, where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award. She is also the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts for her contributions to literature.
“Gailmarie’s supple poems are tales of family and home – finding it, making it, cooking it, calling it, leaving it. They open the door, invite you in to sit a spell, maybe have a drink, listen to lyric stories of small-town lives off the side of the highway, to hear about the taste of dreams, the importance of makeup and a mother’s rhinestone pumps.”
– Kirk Robertson, author of How the Light Gets In