Faculty Biography

Gailmarie Pahmeier

Gailmarie Pahmeier

Continuing Lecturer IV


BA (Southern Illinois University); MFA (University of Arkansas)

Contact Information:

Office: Frandsen 015

Telephone: (775) 682-6387

Email: gailmariep@unr.edu

Academic Specializations:

Creative Writing, Poetry, Poetics, Women's Literature, Contemporary Literature, Literature of Work and Class.


Selected Publications:

Shake It and It Snows. (2010)

Shake It and It Snows. (2010)

The House On Breakaheart Road: Poems. (1998)

The House On Breakaheart Road: Poems. (1998)

Gailmarie Pahmeier has been a Nevadan for nearly 30 years. She primarily teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses; she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award.

Her work has been widely published and anthologized. Recent journals and magazines include Booth, Spillway, descant (her poem in this journal earned the 2012 Publisher’s Award), Passager and The Pedestal Magazine; her anthologized work appears in such publications as Literary Nevada, New Poets of the American West (her poem in this anthology earned the Editor’s Choice Award), The Autumn House Press Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, and Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems.   She is the author of the poetry collection The House on Breakaheart Road and two chapbooks from Black Rock Press. Her most recent chapbook, Shake It and It Snows, won the 2009 Coal Hill Chapbook Award. Her literary awards include a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship, the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, and two Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council (she was the first literary artist awarded a fellowship in the state of Nevada). She recently served the state as the first Poet in Residence for a program called Power Up Poetry, a gig which took her out into the rural counties of Nevada to talk with students about the importance of poetry and story.  In 2007, she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Pahmeier is considered a “domestic” poet; her work focuses primarily on family and home.  One anthology which contains her work is Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets do Housework (University of Iowa Press). 

Pahmeier and her husband share their homes--a little house in Reno between the Truckee River and the railroad tracks and an even littler mountain cabin in the High Sierra--with two cats and a pit bull mix.

Personal Interests:

Gailmarie collects cowboy boots and folk art, enjoys traditional country music in the veins of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline and newer singer-songwriters like Willy Vlatuin and Lucinda Williams, is a lifelong baseball fan (between the last pitch of the World Series and the day pitchers report to Spring Training is a dark, dark time), and she is a champion of the much misunderstood American Pit Bull. In a nutshell, almost anybody or anything with a story to tell will pique her interest