2018 Benefit Poetry Reading

An Evening With Beloved Poets

Nationally Known Poets return to Nevada City


Click on the author portraits to learn about these poets and their work. Or View as List

  • Kazim Ali
  • Mónica de la Torre
  • Robert Hass
  • Sharon Olds
  • Evie Shockley
  • Dean Young

Kazim Ali  •  Mónica de la Torre  •  Robert Hass
Sharon Olds  •  Evie Shockley •  Dean Young

This year we are pleased to welcome six extraordinary poets
including two Pulitzer-Prize winners and a 2018 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Click here to view bios.

Nevada County Poet Laureate Molly Fisk will Emcee the Event.
  • Fisk, Molly
    Molly Fisk

Friday, June 22, 2018
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)

Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center

On Friday, June 22, 2018 acclaimed poets Kazim Ali, Mónica del la Torre, Robert Hass, Sharon Olds, Evie Shockley and Dean Young 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 poets. Books by the poets will be available for purchase before and after the reading.

For more information contact us.


General Admission: $25 advance/$30 at the door

Students: $12 advance/$15 at the door for students (with current student ID)

Premium Seats (first 2 rows): $45

Groups (10 or more purchased at the same time): $20/ticket
** Advance Ticket Sales end at 10:00 AM on June 22 ** 

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.

Caseywood, The Entrekin Foundation, Hip Pocket Press, Nevada County Arts Council, David Watts and Joan Baranow, and YubaLit.

 Many thanks to Chuck and Jo Baker for photographing last year’s event.

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 22.

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


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