University Libraries presents the 30th Annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Milt Glick Ballroom, 4th floor, at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The formal program will begin at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased online here. Complimentary parking is available on the first floor of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex located on north Virginia Street.
The Nevada Writers Hall of Fame was conceived by former Friends of the University Libraries President Marilyn Melton in 1988. She envisioned two purposes: an annual event honoring Nevada's finest writers, and a stimulus to encourage excellence among emerging writers in the Silver State. Honorees are selected based on their body of work, critical recognition, and a strong connection to Nevada through the themes of their writing or residence in the state.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees include:
Donald Revell is currently a Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and faculty affiliate of the Black Mountain Institute. Revell is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently of Drought-Adapted Vine (2015) and Tantivy (2012), both from Alice James Books. Revell has also published six volumes of translations from French, including Apollinaire's Alcools, Rimbaud's A Season in Hell, Laforgue's Last Verses, and Verlaine's Songs without Words. His critical writings have been collected as: Essay: A Critical Memoir; The Art of Attention; and Invisible Green: Selected Prose. He is a past winner of the PEN USA Translation Award and two-time winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry. He has also won the Academy of American Poets' Lenore Marshall Prize and is a former Fellow of the Ingram Merrill and Guggenheim Foundations. Additionally, Revell has twice been awarded Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Terri Farley is the best-selling author of books about the contemporary and historic West. Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them, non-fiction published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, is a Junior Library Guild selection, winner of the Sterling North Heritage award for Excellence in Children's Literature and has been honored by Western Writers of America, National Science Teachers Association and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her Phantom Stallion (HarperCollins) series for young readers and Seven Tears into the Sea (Simon and Schuster) have sold over two million copies in 27 countries. She has a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. Farley has taught middle and high school language arts and journalism in inner-city California and Reno. Farley is an advocate for the West's wild horses and works with young people learning to make their voices heard
Michael Branch is the author of more than two hundred essays, articles, and five books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Muir's Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa and Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness. His creative nonfiction includes pieces that have received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is a writer, environmentalist, father, desert rat, and curmudgeon who lives with his wife and two young daughters at 6,000 feet in the remote western Great Basin Desert. He is the Professor of Literature and Environment in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he cofounded the nation's first graduate program in Literature and Environment studies.