Artist Profile

Carson City, Nevada

Robert Leonard Reid

Reid, Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard Reid is the author of three memoirs and some 100 magazine articles and essays. Arctic Circle, his latest book, is a meditation on the North, inspired by his journeys to northern Alaska and Yukon on the trail of the Porcupine caribou herd. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Sierra, Stereo Review, California Magazine, AmericaWest, Oui, Woman's Day, Money, The Progressive, Car and Driver, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury. He has received two Literary Artist Grants from the Sierra Arts Foundation and an Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts from the Nevada Arts Council. In 2009 he was honored with a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. A native of Pennsylvania and a graduate of Harvard College, Reid has taught creative nonfiction at the University of New Mexico and Western Nevada College. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and events. A musician as well as a writer, Reid has worked as a pianist, a songwriter, and an arranger.

Language Proficiencies
Counties Served
Preferred Groups/Populations
High School Students & Adults
Any room for 20 or more--classrooms, theaters, libraries, bookstores
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
Readings, Lectures, & Workshops: Everyone has a story to tell. The hard part is finding the courage to tell it--to be willing to reach deep inside and find what is there, and then to say it, honestly and without fear. My goal as a workshop leader is to help people discover their stories and give them voice. Part of the writer’s challenge is purely mechanical--grammar, organization, punctuation, and so on. But through hard work, anyone can learn those. The good stories, the ones we want to hear and that we remember long after hearing them, happen when the writer moves beyond mechanics into the domain of the heart and the soul, trusting his or her instincts, giving free rein to his or her imagination, throwing caution to the winds, and creating something new. There’s magic in that, and nothing makes me happier than helping another writer to achieve it.