Reading Series

Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States, 09/29/18!

The Clark County Poet Laureate has partnered with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Black Mountain Institute, and other sponsors to bring Tracy K. Smith, sitting Poet Laureate of the United States to Clark County as part of the Poetry Promise Reading Series (formerly Poets of National Stature readings)!

Writing Workshop: Saturday, 9/29/18, 12:30-2:30 PM at Winchester Cultural Center (3130 McLeod Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89121)
Featured Reading: Saturday, 9/29/18, 7:00-8:30 PM at the West Charleston Public Library (6301 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146)

Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in Northern California. In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. Poet Laureate. She teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University. She earned a B.A. from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999, she held a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Smith is the author of four books of poetry: The Body’s Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the ESSENCE Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water (forthcoming, April 2018). In 2014, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has also written a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction.

Tracy K. Smith was interviewed for an article by NPR after her appointment as Poet Laureate. The New York Times also published a superb interview with her. In a profile by feminist media brand MAKERS, she discussed her major influences as a poet, the highlights of her career, and the birth of her daughter.

Jan Steckel: Poet & Pediatrician, 06/03/18

We’re excited to announce that renowned poet, activist, and Zeitgeist Press author Jan Steckel will lead a workshop on Thursday, May 31 and will give a reading on Sunday, June 3!

Jan Steckel is a Harvard-Yale trained pediatrician (retired) will be reading her poetry in Las Vegas!  Her book of poems, The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist), won the Lambda Literary Award for 2011. Her chapbook the Underwater Hospital won a Rainbow Award in 2011 and her Mixing Tracks won the Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award in 2009. Jan also worked in the Peace Corps in Latin America, as evidenced by some of her moving poems. Her work is direct, uncompromising, lyrical, and filled with moving moments of intimacy, love and loss.

To prep for her reading, Bruce Isaacson will lead a workshop on the poetry of this activist for bisexual and disability rights, poet, writer, and editor on May 12th at 12:30 pm at Pearson Center!


Celebrated American Poet & Musician Saul Williams, 9/23/17

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




Reading at The Writer’s Block in Celebration of “Clark,” 7/15/17

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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Photos from Reading Celebrating Clark: Poetry from Clark County, Nevada

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.