2017 Benefit Poetry Reading

An Evening With Beloved Poets

Nationally Known Poets Read in Nevada City


Advance Ticket Sales end at 1 pm on Saturday. Come to the Miners Foundry and buy your ticket in person!

Click on the portraits to learn about these poets and their work. Or view as a list.

Francisco Aragón  •  Forrest Gander  •  Robert Hass
Brenda Hillman  •  Sharon Olds  •  Gregory Pardlo

This year we are pleased to welcome three Pulitzer-Prize winners to the stage in addition to a International Griffin Prize-Winner, and so much more!

Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk will Emcee the Event.

Friday, June 23, 2017
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center

On Friday, June 23, 2017 acclaimed poets Francisco Aragón, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman,
Sharon Olds, and Gregory Pardlo will read from their poetry in the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

325 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959


This gathering of the tribe—all staff poets from this year’s Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Squaw Valley—will raise money for the Poetry Program’s financial aid and scholarships. Join us for a reading, signing, and reception with the poet teachers. Books by the poets will be available for purchase before and after the reading.

For more information contact us.

Tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the door for general admission and $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID).

** Advance Ticket Sales end at 1:00 PM on June 23 ** 
After that, buy your tickets at the doors starting at 6pm.

Group price, 10 or more tickets purchased at the same time: $20/ticket.
Premium seating, first 2 rows, $45.

If you would like to purchase tickets over the phone, call 530-470-8440


The Miner’s Foundry is located at325 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959. For location map and directions, please visit the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center’s website.


The Foundry has a parking lot. If full there are several other lots in Nevada City as well as street parking.

Parking for visitors with disabilities can be found in the Foundry’s lot.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.


Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Deborah Dashow Ruth, The Entrekin Foundation, Nevada County Arts Council and YubaLit.


Get Involved!

Become a Sponsor or Give to the Poetry Scholarship Fund

We are looking for volunteers! We need help with:

  • Promoting the event during the months of April and May.
  • Crowd-wrangling on the evening of June 23.

If you are interested in helping (and in a free ticket to the event), please contact us.


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