Artist Profile

Reno, Nevada

George Perreault

Perreault, George

George Perreault grew up in rural New England but has lived primarily in the West since 1973. He earned a doctorate at the University of New Mexico where he studied poetry with Gene Frumkin and Leslie Silko. He has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1999.

He has published poetry and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and anthologies both in the United States and internationally, and he has worked as a writer-in-residence in New Mexico, Montana, and Utah. He has written three collections of poetry, the most recent being All the Verbs for Knowing which was published by Black Rock Press in 2006. Perreault is a recipient of the Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship in 2008.

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Counties Served
Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades 5-12, college level); adults; community writing groups; general audiences
classrooms; libraries; community centers; etc.
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Readings/Workshops: I have always enjoyed working with others on writing, whether in schools or community settings, because there are poems within all of us that just need to escape from the conventions, the shackles that have been engrained through traditional approaches. At its root, poetry is about sound and imagery, not formal structures. It’s the rancher at the cemetery wondering what his old friend would think about the Johnson grass growing on his grave. It’s the smell of skunk cabbage and a well-oiled baseball glove. The job of the writer, any writer, is to gather those particular, peculiar moments and to set them down clearly, simply, honestly. A good workshop creates a space where this can happen.