Hello. I’m Molly Fisk, Nevada County Poet Laureate for April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

I’ll be planning poetic events and adventures, in tandem with Nevada County Arts Council, throughout the year. Keep your eye on this page for announcements and updates.

NEW! The Community Poem

Beginning Thursday, April 20th, contribute a line to our Community Poem and receive a hot drink in exchange for your creativity. This is happening at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 615 Maltman Dr. in Grass Valley through the end of the month or until the wall space is used up. I’ve written the first line, and will write the last one. In between, adults and kids are encouraged to come write a line, referencing the line before it so we have a continuous poem and not just a list. The first line is:

“Waking to spring again, rain, then sun, coffee, the apple petals drifting down”

Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 8 to 1 Saturdays, closed on Sundays. I will Cal-Trans as we go along (did you know that was a verb? Me, neither! But you get the idea) if necessary.

Our Poem-a-Day Project is below, continuing through April 30th.

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POEM-A-DAY PROJECT for Nevada County

Every day in April (National Poetry Month), I will be posting a prompt: some words and a photograph. Your job is to write a poem. You can use the prompt as the title, as some part of the subject, or ignore it entirely. I am a flexible Poet Laureate. I just want to nudge you in the direction of writing something, because creativity is good for our hearts, our minds, and our souls.

Here are the prompts. They’ll be posted reverse-chronologically. Have fun!

April 26: What kind of art do you like?

April 25: I think she’s going to Brazil that day.

April 24: Whatever it is, you can do it.

April 23: What’s your favorite color?

April 22: How do you take care of the earth?

April 21: Follow something to its conclusion

April 20: Did you know flowers emit invisible light?

April 19: When strange things come into view

April 18: Wide open spaces…

Photo credit: Angela Nunnink https://www.angelanunninkphotography.com/

 

April 17: Would you rather go up or go down?

April 16: Easter bunny? Passover traditions? Ordinary Sunday?

April 15: What do you want to bet?

April 14: Comforting a friend

April 13: Tell us about your favorite body of water

April 12: What instrument do you play?

American folk art guitar, early 20th century, found in Kentucky

April 11: Write about living room chairs

April 10: What’s your relationship to the moon?

April 9: When the tree falls but the damage is minimal

April 8: Say something about beauty, pro or con

April 7: When the power goes out

April 6: Are you going to grow old?

Yevgeny Yevtushenko in 2006 Credit Brandi Simons for The New York Times

April 5: Want to demolish anything?

April 4: What will you wear?

April 3: Praising camouflage

Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) in Alaska by Anthony Madden

April 2: In reflected light

South Yuba River by L. Guinan

April 1: Where are you going next?

 

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