Reading Series

First Friday Free Poetry ft. Jan Steckel, Syd Stewart, James Norman, and Ms. AyeVee, 04/05/19!

7 PM at Stinko’s Las Vegas, 1029 S Main Street

Join us at Stinko’s Las Vegas for the First Friday Reading featuring Jan Steckel, Syd Stewart, James Norman, and Ms. AyeVee. Hosted by Nevada Humanities, Poetry Promise Inc., and Heather Lang-Cassera. Admission is FREE!

Event begins at 7 PM at Stinko’s Las Vegas:
1029 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Free parking is available nearby, but it fills up fast!

Jan Steckel was a Harvard-Yale trained pediatrician, who worked in the Peace Corps and serviced poor communities. She is an activist for bisexual and disability rights. Her poetry is direct, moving, and reflects her unique experience. Her book The Horizontal Poet won a Lambda Literary Award, perhaps the leading award for LGBT communities.  Her new book, Like Flesh Covers Bone, was just released from Zeitgeist Press.

Syd Stewart is a poet, actor, screenwriter, and activist. She was active performing in the famed Nuyorican Poets Café, Def Poetry, and has been featured in the NY Times, Variety, and People magazines. Her work was selected by NEA 50 Anniversary and a NY Stage and Film Filmmaker Fellowship. She is the founder of Better Youth, Inc., a non-profit which uses poetry and media arts to equip young people with creative confidence. Her new book, Babylon Graffiti, was just released from Zeitgeist Press.

James Norman’s first book, All the Fire Escapes to Heaven in One Room,  recently published by Zeitgeist Press, was featured in an article in Las Vegas Weekly.  James Norman also doubles as the drummer for Ted Rader and the Magic Family, a popular rock band.  “These poems,” he says in the book, “first appeared under desperate conditions.”

Ms. AyeVee was born & raised in Las Vegas but comes from a long line of Nuyoricans. A natural artist, Ashley Vargas excelled in film, theater, music, and writing. After studying with the Nevada Conservatory Theater, Ms. AyeVee refocused her energy towards poetry. In 2016, her dedication to writing landed her on the official Las Vegas Battle Born SlamTeam. Ms. AyeVee continues to compete & tour nationally. She competed at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Flagstaff, AZ.

Stage Presence: Open Mic ft. Joyce Lee, 03/08/19!

Join us at the Winchester Cultural Center from 7:00 to 8:30 PM for a reading and open mic featuring Joyce Lee. For this event, the first 20 minutes will be a hybrid of spoken word, storytelling, and new poems from Joyce. During the second half of this intimate event, audience members can sign up on a workshop open mic list. Joyce Lee and Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson will listen to the audience’s poems and provide them performance/writing feedback. The room seats 33 people; early/on-time arrival is encouraged for sign-ups! Admission is FREE!

Joyce Lee is a writer, educator, performer, poet and an Oakland, California native whose gift with words and expression have made her an international talent. She has been a performance competitor since the age of eleven. Joyce Lee performed at Yoshi’s of San Francisco, Oakland’s First Annual Pride Parade, Oakland’s Annual Art & Soul Festival, The Ill-list, and San Francisco’s Theatre in the Vagina Monologues to fund for Womyn’s shelters in Haiti and continues to give bone-chilling performances, making her a favorite featured storyteller for WNYC’s Snap Judgement.

What’s Joyce up to these days? She currently resides in Medellin, Columbia teaching English for Coningles.  Columbia has inspired her to found and curate a Writing Workshop called Opalo. Her first novel, Good Mourning, David, is forthcoming.

Event begins at 7 PM at the Winchester Cultural Center:
3130 McLeod Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89121

First Friday Free Poetry ft. Jennifer Battisti & Bruce Isaacson, 03/01/19!

Join us at Nevada Humanities for the First Friday Reading featuring Jennifer Battisti and Bruce Isaacson. Hosted by Ashley M. Vargas and Heather Lang-Cassera. Admission is FREE!

Jennifer Battisti, a Las Vegas native, studied creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada. Her work has appeared in the anthology, Legs of Tumbleweed, Wings of Lace, and is forthcoming in Where We Live, an anthology of writing and art in response to the October 1st tragedy, as well as The Desert Companion, Minerva Rising, The Citron Review, FLARE, Helen: A Literary magazine,The Red Rock Review, 300 Days of Summer and elsewhere. In 2016 Nevada Public Radio interviewed her about her poetry. She holds a leadership position on the Las Vegas Poets Organization and is the administer and a participating Teaching Artist for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Nevada. Her first chapbook, Echo Bay, was published in 2018.

Bruce Isaacson was the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Nevada. He is publisher of Zeitgeist Press, with over 100 books to date, and has lived in Michoacán, Mexico, New York City, Los Angeles, Berkeley-San Francisco, and Leningrad, Russia.

Event begins at 7 PM at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery:
1017 S. First Street #190, Las Vegas, NV 89101
702-800-4670 …

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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