Silver City, Nevada – While he’s in Nevada teaching a graduate level course on poetry at University of Nevada, Reno, acclaimed poet David Lee will also offer poetry readings on the Comstock in historic Silver City (dates to be determined).
Lee, professor emeritus of language and literature of Southern Utah University, was named Utah’s first poet laureate in 1997. Remarkably, he’s also been a boxer, seminary student, cotton mill worker, and a baseball player. Also a former farmer, he was the subject of a PBS documentary called The Pig Poet.
Poet Sam Hamill has insisted that “if we were a civilized nation, we would declare David Lee a national treasure.” Dr. Lee has published 22 books of poetry, and he’s received the Utah Governor’s Award for lifetime achievement in the arts and the Entrada Institute’s Ward Roylance Award, and was also considered as a candidate for Poet Laureate of the United States. His book Last Call was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award in Poetry and the Western States Book Award in Poetry. The Utah Endowment for the Humanities declared him to be one of the 12 greatest writers to ever emerge from the state.
David Lee’s popular readings are high-energy performances of his poems, which often use the voices of everyday working people. His “poetry is the real deal when it comes to recording hilariously insightful (and linguistically accurate) observations of rural culture—and America at large—while using a host of astute literary allusions and techniques,” writes publisher Wing’s Press. “Imagine Robert Frost simultaneously channeling Will Rogers and Ezra Pound. Imagine Chaucer with a twang.”
The readings will be sponsored through the Resident Artist Program in Silver City with additional support through Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties.