You enter and hear nothing but silence.In this dimly lit space, students gather and study. It’s a calming atmosphere of tranquility.Here and there among the library’s stacks, students grab books.
Often they’re greeted by SNC librarian Betts Markle. It’s a name that rings in everyone’s ear, from students to faculty members.
“I come from a long line of Elizabeths,” Markle said. “There has been Elizabeth, Beth, Betty, and Betsey. My parents didn’t want another Betsey, so they named me Betts.”
She never liked being called Betsey anyway as it was the name of an old childhood doll.
Markle has been working in libraries for more than 30 years. She is also a professor at SNC, teaching business and marketing classes this semester. She is also a writing instructor for graduate students, but she has never been interested in teaching English. “I don’t like teaching literature too much, but I could,” said Markle.
The collection of poems in “Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah,” embody the mid-century great migration of African American families northward. Her bold words speak of a young woman’s confessional renderings and personal complexities, defined in the voice of Motown melodies.
“It started to be a book about Motown; I loved Motown music,” said Smith. “After asking myself why I loved Motown so much, I realized it wasn’t so much a book about Motown as it was about my parents.”
During the mid 1900s, Smith’s parents were among the 6 million African Americans that left the rural South and migrated to the urban Northeast.
The collective culture of poems paints a picture of the hardships her and her family experienced in the new urban environment.
Rhythm, rhyme, sound, words and meaning encompassed the second of the Writers in the Woods series. The
evening included a one hour spoken word presentation followed by an open mic on Friday, Sept. 20, at Sierra
Chris Anderson has been teaching English composition at Sierra Nevada College since August, but he has quickly become an inspiration to some of his students.
Sierra Nevada College was significantly represented at the 2013 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP) from March 6-9 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, with seven undergraduate English students, four Masters of Fine Arts students and 10 professors spanning SNC’s English department
Experiential learning is emphasized in many departments at Sierra Nevada College. Whether it is guiding backpacking trips, working as an intern at local investment groups and resorts or creating student run publications and galleries, most students learn by doing at SNC.
Adventure journalist and writer Tracy Ross on Friday, Feb. 8, visited Sierra Nevada College for both her visiting writer workshop and her reading.