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Big-name public poetry reading set for Thursday at Lake Tahoe

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On Thursday, June 23, some of the nation's most revered poets will gather at the Olympic House in Squaw Valley to read from their work.

All six of the featured poets — including Kazim Ali, Robert Hass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Cathy Park Hong, Patricia Spears Jones and Sharon Olds — are on the staff of the Community of Writers Poetry Workshop during the week of June 18-25.

Herrera is the current Poet Laureate of the United States, and was just reinstated for a second term in that capacity. A Latino-American, he is well known for his poetry, but also writes short stories, young adult novels and children's literature.

The New York Times describes Herrera as "a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity." This will be his first year on the staff at the Community of Writers.

The poetry reading will also feature Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Hass (Time and Materials, 2008) and Olds (Stag's Leap, 2013).

Hass and Olds are both long-time staff members at the Community of Writers whose work has won multiple awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. Hass is also a former United States Poet Laureate.

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Hong and Ali will also return to the valley as staff members for the week, and will read from their recent work. They will be joined by Jones, a Brooklyn-based African American poet who will be teaching at the week-long workshop for the first time.

The event is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation for tickets is $20 general admission and $8 for a student with valid ID.

You can purchase tickets in advance online at bit.ly/28JVrSX.

This article was provided by the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Visit communityofwriters.org or call 530-583-5200 to learn more.