CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO interview with Keynote Speaker, Poet and Pulitzer winner Forrest Gander and Nevada County Arts Council Executive Director Eliza Tudor

the 2019 Sierra Poetry Festival

Nevada County Arts Council presented its 3rd Annual Sierra Poetry Festival on April 27, 2019 at Sierra College in Grass Valley, attended by some of our most exciting local, national and international poets and performers.

Festival Featured April 5, 2019

Festival Featured April 5, 2019


In addition to its mainstage event, Sierra Poetry Festival marked National Poetry Month from the rolling foothills of California’s Gold Country to the rugged High Sierra, bringing our rich literary community together to celebrate the spoken word and reach out to brand new audiences in fresh ways. Readings, workshops, music, an activity fair for all ages and youth performances were preceded by a month of pre-festival pop-up poetry events.



Sierra Poetry Festival encourages both a strong local presence and international and universal themes. Each year we choose a special anchor for these themes. For 2019 our anchor point was Breath and Shadow, breath indicating the ebb and flow of nature and the seasons, and shadow being symbolic of our ephemeral existence and self-reflection.


Our line-up of poets and performers for 2019 was exceptional, though our Sierra Poetry Festival family was more than our line-up. It was you – our audience members, sponsors, social media specialists, our videographers, photographers, caterers and our many volunteers. You supported Sierra Poetry Festival in many different ways - and we thank you.


Poetry is the fastest growing artform in the United States. Like communities across the world, we believe that poetry has the power to inspire, heal and build bridges. We believe that it is a healthy way to share experiences, teach patience and joy, and bring communities together.  

Youth Participation

A key priority for Nevada County Arts Council at Sierra Poetry Festival is local youth. We want to offer them an opportunity to grow and thrive – either through poetry recitation or through the simple enjoyment of listening to poetry read by some of our most eminent poets. Our youth can enjoy mainstage readings, attend workshops if accompanied, and participate in the free fringe festival poetry pop-up events that take place all the way through National Poetry Month in April. Our student festival tickets are offered free of charge – and your sponsorship will help us cover the costs for this.