2020 Benefit Poetry Reading

An Evening With Beloved Poets

Nationally Known Poets return to Nevada County

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

Camille Dungy  •  Robert Hass  •  Brenda Hillman
Major Jackson  •  Ada Limón •  Matthew Zapruder

This year we are pleased to welcome six extraordinary poets including one Pulitzer Prize winner, a recipient of the Griffin International Prize, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, two National Book Critics Circle Award winners, and a recipient of the Pushcart Prize.

Click here to view bios.

Friday, June 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)

Grass Valley Elks Lodge

On Friday, June 19, 2020, acclaimed poets Camille Dungy, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, and Matthew Zapruder will read from their poetry at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.

109 S. School Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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.

We are delighted to announce that the Elks Lodge has air conditioning!


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 19 ** 

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


The Grass Valley Elks Lodge  is located at 109 S. School Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945.  For location map and directions, please visit the Grass Valley Elks Lodge website.


The Elks Lodge does not have a parking lot. There are several lots in Grass Valley as well as street parking.

Parking for visitors with disabilities can be found in front of the Elks Lodge on the South School Street.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact us.

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 19.

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

Purchase Your Ticket:

Ticket Price Quantity
General Admission $25.00 Sold out
Student $12.00 Sold out
Premium Seats $40.00 Sold out


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