2022 Benefit Poetry Reading

An Evening With Beloved Poets

Nationally Known Poets return to Olympic Valley for our first in-person Benefit since 2019!

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

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

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

Thursday, June 23, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Arrive at 7:00 p.m

Buy Tickets

Outside Bar One – Olympic House & Online

1960 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, acclaimed poets Camille Dungy, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Sharon Olds, and Matthew Zapruder will read from their poetry under the stars outside Bar One in the Olympic House. We urge you to bring a warm jacket.

This gathering of the tribe—all staff poets from this year’s Community of Writers’ Summer Poetry Workshop in Olympic 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 those attending in person, a no-host bar will be serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.


General Admission: $25

Students: $15 (with current student ID)/$20 (without ID)

Proof of vaccination is required.


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

Directions & To Join Online

The Olympic House  is located at 1960 Olympic Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146.  For location map and directions, please visit the Palisades Tahoe website.

If you will be joining virtually, you will receive an email after registering which will contain a link to join night-of.


The Village at Palisades Tahoe has a massive parking lot just a short distance from the Olympic House as well as minimal street parking.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact us.


Purchase giveaway tickets when you check out. You can always go back and purchase more tickets through the same link.

Here are some of the things that will be up for grabs:

(2) A collection of autographed books by all staff poets

(2) Softball autographed by all staff poets

(5) A copy of Why To These Rocks, our 50th anniversary anthology, autographed by all anthologized poets on the 2022 poetry staff

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 May and June.
  • Crowd-wrangling on the evening of June 21.

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


Thank you to our Sponsors

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