Save the Date for Matthew Zapruder and Why Poetry, Thursday October 11th!

Much-lauded poet Matthew Zapruder’s Why Poetry is now out in paperback, and this is good news both for poetry diehards and the poetry befuddled. (No shame in being the latter!)

For poetry diehards: “Why Poetry is part-inspiration, part-guidebook, and part literary memoir. . . . Zapruder’s spiritual undercurrent raises Why Poetry into something rare: the cogent and lively argument that poetry truly matters, fueled by passion rather than pretense.” (The Millions)

And for the poetry befuddled: “Poetry frustrates people . . . Every now and then one of the poets, in turn, steps up helpfully to explain how to read the stuff. In his friendly new book, Why Poetry, poet, editor and teacher Matthew Zapruder does this very thing with unusual clarity and generosity.” (Newsday)


Matthew Zapruder.

Yuba Lit is thrilled that Zapruder will share Why Poetry at a special Yuba Lit on Thursday, October 11th, at 7 p.m. at the Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City. The evening will open with five Nevada County poets offering one poem and one sentence on why, to them, poetry matters. Then Matthew Zapruder will read, followed by live Q and A with Yuba Lit founder, novelist and memoirist Rachel Howard.


Yuba Lit founder Rachel Howard holding Why Poetry. Photo by Andrea Roach.

Wine and a small bites menu will be available from the Stone House. Admission at the door is $10, which supports Yuba Lit’s production costs, and is tax deductible, as Yuba Lit is fiscally sponsored by Nevada County Arts, a 501c3 not-for-profit.

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated, as it helps Yuba Lit with event planning! RSVP to save your seat by emailing with your name and number of guests.

We hope to see you Thursday, October 11th at the Stone House for Why Poetry!

July 26th Yuba Lit: From SF to NC

We have a poster for the July 26th Yuba Lit! Hope you can join us for poetry and short stories in the historic Reiki Kitchen, and intermission wine on the patio. Great thanks to designer Beth C. Ford.

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Save the Date for Bold Women Artists: Thursday, May 31st

We hope you can join us for:

Yuba Lit Presents

She Persisted: Bold Women Artists


Featuring Bridget Quinn, author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order)


“Your Art History 101 syllabus just got a lot more fun.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

Pithy profiles of famous and not-famous women artists. Spunky, attitudinal, smart writing . . .” –NPR 

Reading with Bridget Quinn:

Nevada County Artists

Deborah Bridges

LeeAnn Brook

Ruth Chase

Amanda Paoletti

Jerianne Van Dijk

Sharing stories of how they persisted making art.

Thursday, May 31st

7:30 p.m.

The Stone House, 107 Sacramento St., Nevada City

$10 at the door

No-host bar and small bites menu

RSVP to save your seat by writing