The School of Journalism presents Beth Piatote, 2022 Laxalt Emeritus Writer


The University of Nevada, Reno Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism in partnership with Nevada Humanities presents Robert Laxalt 2022 Emeritus Writer Beth Piatote. Piatote, a creative writer, playwright, and scholar, will speak at the free public event, “The Mountain as Gender: Western Form and Writing” on November 17 at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Auditorium. Interested persons can register on the event page.

A former journalist, Piatote has completed her doctorate. at Stanford University and is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley. She is also one of the co-creators and current chair of the designated focus on Indigenous Language Revitalization at UC Berkeley.

She is an Indigenous language activist and founding member of luk’upsíimey/North Star Collective, a group dedicated to using creative expression for Nez Percé language revitalization.

Piatote is the author of two books, including the mixed genre collection “The Beadworkers: Stories”, which was shortlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize and shortlisted for the California Independent Booksellers Association’s “Golden Prize​ Poppy of fiction. NPR Recognized “The Breadworkers” for illustrating the Native experience in Idaho, and recommending the short story collection as a quintessential book with a sense of place in an American state. Her play “Antikoni” was selected for the 2020 Festival of New Plays by Native Voices at Autry and was supported by readings with the New York Classical Theater and the Indigenous Writers Collaborative at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Epiphany, and many other journals and anthologies.

Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program events are sponsored by the Reynolds School of Journalism and Nevada Humanities with generous support from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Sundance Books and Music, and community contributors.

The Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer program was created posthumously in 2001 to inspire new generations of writers in honor of Laxalt, who rose from journalist to author of fiction and non-fiction during his prolific career. Considered by many to be Nevada’s finest writer, Laxalt founded the University of Nevada Press and wrote 17 books, four of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also written for National Geographic and was a professor at Reynolds School for 18 years, teaching magazine writing and literary journalism.

To RSVP, visit the event page. For more information, please contact Lila Reeves-Hampton, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Reynolds School of Journalism at [email protected]


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