Artist Profile

Reno, Nevada

Gailmarie Pahmeier

Pahmeier, Gailmarie

Gailmarie Pahmeier has been a Nevadan for nearly 30 years. She currently teaches creative writing and contemporary literature courses at the University of Nevada, where she has been honored with the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award.

Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including Booth, Passager, Interim, Mudfish, New Poets of the AmericanWest (for which she won the Editor’s Choice Award), Literary Nevada, and the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. She is the author of the poetry collection The House on Breakaheart Road and two chapbooks from Black Rock Press. Her most recent chapbook, Shake It and It Snows, won the 2009 Coal Hill Chapbook Award; poems from this collection were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her literary awards include a Witter Bynner Poetry Fellowship and two Artists Fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council. In 2007, she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Counties Served
Preferred Groups/Populations
Community based; adult, high school, college
Any venue
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Readings/Workshops: I’ve read my work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. I’m particularly interested in conducting workshops and giving readings in “under-served” communities, wherever they might be or think they are. I love Nevada, love getting out and into our various communities. My material comes from interactions and observations I make while out on the road, and I learn as much or more from community workshop participants as they might learn from me.