Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

33rd Annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame the Virtual Version logo with mountains and sagebrush

Each fall, for the last thirty-two years, literature lovers have gathered to celebrate Nevada’s finest literary voices.  The annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, presented by the University Libraries, celebrates excellent writing by Nevadans or by those with a connection to the Battle Born state.

This year, for the first time since the inception of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, we were unable to gather in person due to pandemic restrictions. However, even a pandemic couldn’t stop us from gathering together to lift up the voices of our many honorees. 

If you missed this year’s Nevada Writers Hall of Fame 2020 — The Virtual Version on November 12th, you can still enjoy the program.  Below are spotlight recordings of Mike and Hannah Branch performing Bandit Queen and Waddie Mitchell reciting The Sounds a Cowboy Hears. To view the entire line-up of Nevada authors featured in this year’s event, please enjoy the full event recording.

2020 Event Participants

NVWHOF 2020
Mark Maynard
Mark Maynard
2020 Virtual Event Host and 2015 Silver Pen Awardee
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NVWHOF 2020
Christopher Coake
Christopher Coake
2020 Virtual Event Featured Speaker and 2013 Silver Pen Awardee
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NVWHOF 2020
Hannah Branch
Hannah Branch
Founder, RAFT
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NVWHOF 2020
Michael Branch
Michael Branch
2017 Silver Pen Awardee
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NVWHOF 2020
Lucas Huff
Lucas Huff
Director of Brand Advocacy, Bentley Heritage Estate Distillery and Public House
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NVWHOF 2020
Waddie Mitchell
Waddie Mitchell
2011 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee
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NVWHOF 2020
Gailmarie Pahmeier
Gailmarie Pahmeier
2016 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee, 1999 Silver Pen Awardee
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NVWHOF 2020
Robert Leonard Reid
Robert Leonard Reid
2018 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009 Silver Pen Awardee
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Poetry & Prose: A Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Writers Workshop

Friday, November 30th from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Please join us on Friday, November 13th for this very special generative writers workshop.  Sessions in prose will be led by Mark Maynard and Chris Coake and Jared Stanley will lead a poetry session.  The workshop will begin with a large group discussion and then break into small group sessions, led by each of the three instructors.  You do not need to have work in progress or finished work to attend the workshop.  Instead, plan to leave inspired and ready to write.  The workshop is free but you must register to receive the Zoom meeting information.  Each instructor session will be limited to 10 students; please register for the instructor of your choice when registering for the event.

Poetry & Prose Session Hosts

Christopher Coake I am obsessed with the ways in which writers can make use of variation in point of view (POV). POV means the perspective via which a story is told: first person, third person, and lots of variations thereof. We’ll talk about some of the technical details of POV in our workshop.
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Mark Maynard In our workshop session, I will help you with some “story seed” ideas to help generate new work. We will have a chance to do some writing, and then we’ll close out with some tips on keeping your new work going after the workshop.
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Jared Stanley In this workshop, we’ll explore how poems build relationships between people and the world. We will consider two ways this happens. First, we’ll consider how the music of words can affect the reader; second, we’ll think about how poetry names and describes things in the world.
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Nevada Writer's Hall of Fame Workshop: Spring 2021

If you would like to be included on the notification list for our next Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Writers Workshop, slated for spring 2021, please register and we’ll send you details as they become available.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Sponsors

Our deep appreciation to our generous sponsors without whom this year’s event would be not possible:

Shauna Adams
DeLores & Dave Aiazzi
Annette & Kelly Bland, NAI Alliance
Joseph & Cathy Guild, the Clark Guild Family Trust
Bobbi and Dale Lazzarone
Lise Mousel
Janice Pine
Joan Zenan

If you are interested in supporting and preserving the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, either through sponsorships or endowment, please contact Robin Monteith at robinmonteith@unr.edu for more information.

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