For 45 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has welcomed scribes of all stripes—from poets to prose writers to screenwriters—to its workshops in the Sierra Mountains, launching innumerable careers along the way. Since 1969, when the Community of Writers was established by novelists Blair Fuller and Oakley Hall, hundreds of wordsmiths have found inspiration, sharpened their skills, and experienced true community at the foot of ski slopes near Lake Tahoe.
Faculty and alumni number among the most successful in American letters: Maya Angelou, Ethan Canin, Gary Snyder, Michael Chabon, Amy Tan (who will appear tonight), Richard Ford, Anne Rice, and many more. Now overseen by Oakley's daughter Brett, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley continues apace, with regular scholarships as well as satellite projects including the Published Alumni Reading Series and an annual poetry anthology.
Tonight, Litquake bestows our annual Barbary Coast Award on this venerable literary institution with tributes, poetry, songs, and stories told out of school, with an impromptu musical hoedown to follow. Hosted by Matthew Zapruder, and music by Los Train Wreck. Doors open at 7 pm.