Event Recaps!

Saul Williams, Sat. 9/23/17 at 3 pm and 6 pm!!

Saul Williams is one of the most celebrated and globally recognized American poets living today. After the release of his internationally acclaimed film, Slam (Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or-1998), which he co-wrote and starred in, he has been the figure-head of the Slam Poetry movement and has been asked to read and perform his poetry in over 30 countries and more than 300 universities in the U.S. alone. Invitations to share his work have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless schools, villages, community centers, and prisons around the world. He is the only poet to have published 4 books of poetry through MTV Books (Simon and Schuster) and has had his poems and works translated into several languages.

We are proud to present this excellent and multi-talented individual at 2 events on Saturday, September 23, 2017!

First Event:
Stay on Beat, Poet: Workshop and Lecture
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at Left of Center Gallery
2207 W. Gowan Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Seating is limited, please arrive early.

Second Event:
Book Signing and Reading
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Pearson Community Center
1625 West Carey, North Las Vegas, NV 89032




Check out our Reading at The Writer’s Block on 7/15!

Check out some photos from the festivities
this Saturday, Jul. 15th 5:00 p.m.  

The Writer’s Block
1020 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
A short open mic followed these phenomenal features:
Chay the Poet, Jake Purcell, Mark Snyder, James Norman, Chris Cipollini, Tami Belt, Madeline Beckwith, Bakeem Lloyd,
Alice Vo Edwards, Renee Christy, & Vogue Robinson

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Clark: Poetry from Clark County, Nevada @ Barnes and Noble!

We had a phenomenal time this past weekend at the Henderson Barnes & Noble. We had a successful fundraiser, but more importantly, a successful reading. For many of us, our love for reading was fostered in libraries and bookstores. Last weekend, we were all given a chance to connect to new readers. Hopefully, a complete stranger to poetry picked up the anthology and took it home. Maybe one of our poems will spark their love of poetry. And wouldn’t that be marvelous? Keep writing, poets. Keep reading 🙂

These lovely photos were taken by Rodney J. Lee, author of A Page and a Pen 

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One of the foremost editors, literary critics, and anthologists of contemporary American literature…

David Lehman is coming to Nevada in May to do a reading and workshop! David Lehman is one of America’s leading poets using humor and everyday language to bring us great insight into the most powerful thoughts and feelings of life. His books include Yeshiva Boys, A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters American Songs, and most recently, Poems in the Manner of…. He edits the Best American Poetry series, and the Oxford Book of American Poetry.

Won’t you join us at one of these great events?
Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 20th
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Writer’s Block
1020 Fremont St #100, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Lecture & Discussion
Sunday, May 21st
Dylan, the Nobel, & the Jewish American Songbook
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
at Congregation Ner Tamid, Beit Tefillah
55 N Valle Verde Dr. Henderson, NV 89074

Announcing the 2017 Poetry Promise Award Recipient!!

Ariel Horton is our 2017 Poetry Promise Award Recipient!
About Ariel: I am an eighteen-year-old high school senior. I was born in Pasadena, California and I moved with my family to Henderson at the green age of five. Since my relocation, I have struggled: battling years of psychological disorder and the sudden death of my father, surmounting in overdose, hospitalization, and ongoing recovery. In my case, the pen has, indeed, been mightier than the pill bottle.

College has always been a priority to me, but high school has always been a struggle. Through wars both with myself and with a standardized, antiquated system, I have never had impressive grades or example attendance to offer as a testament to my passion for learning. Though I worked on my college applications for years in an attempt to overcompensate, I was only accepted into one institution, Whittier College: a small, private liberal arts school near Los Angeles. Despite this blow to my confidence, in the past few months, I have been immensely encouraged and deeply gratified by honors including a Gold Medal in the scholastic art and writing awards and this, the Poetry Promise award, and I feel, perhaps for the first time, worthy of pursuing my art. As I carry on to Whittier, I will pursue a degree in creative writing and begin working to bridge the gap between aspiring writer and professional writer. I know that I will thrive in the small classes and liberal arts curriculum at Whittier, and I will use this new environment to my advantage to continue to foster my skills as a young poet.

Sharon Olds, 12/2/16

As you may know, Sharon Olds is one of the most influential poets of our time and she is coming here to Las Vegas! Her early work set a unique standard of beauty, sympathy, and truth for poets writing from personal experience. In 2012, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize for her book Stag’s Leap. Her work is characterized by family troubles and triumph, having in some ways initiated the genre of Survivor Poetry in the USA, and also writing memorably of love in her own successful family. Her latest book, Odes, recently reviewed on the cover of the NY Times Arts section, describes ongoing trials of the American family.


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