Beyond Words: An Evening with Amy Kurzweil, Ahmed Naji, and Vi Khi Nao
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Beyond Words: An Evening with Amy Kurzweil, Ahmed Naji, and Vi Khi Nao

Join BMI as we welcome our incoming Shearing fellows: comics artist Amy Kurzweil; and poet, visual artist and performer Vi Khi Nao; and novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji, BMI’s City of Asylum fellow. Whether their work explores the idea of home, or finds inspiration in hybrid forms of art-making, all three create dynamic narratives about identity, memory, and place.

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The Believer Presents: Sarah M. Broom In Conversation with Claytee White
Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents: Sarah M. Broom In Conversation with Claytee White

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. The Yellow House tells the story of Broom’s family and their relationship to home in one of America’s most mythologized cities. The Yellow House is a memoir of place, class, race, inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. Join Black Mountain Institute and The Writer's Block as Broom discusses her debut work with distinguished oral historian Claytee White.

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The Believer Presents: Susan Steinberg In Conversation with Steve Woodward
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents: Susan Steinberg In Conversation with Steve Woodward

Black Mountain Institute and The Writer’s Block are proud to present fiction writer Susan Steinberg. Spectacle, Steinberg’s latest collection, surveys loss and grief through interconnected stories. In lean, acrobatic prose, Steinberg subverts assumptions about narrative and challenges conventional gender roles. Join us as Steinberg discusses her work with Graywolf editor Steve Woodward.

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Days of Awe: An Afternoon with A.M. Homes at the Las Vegas Book Festival
Oct
19
2:30 PM14:30

Days of Awe: An Afternoon with A.M. Homes at the Las Vegas Book Festival

The author of 13 books, including novels, story collections, and the best-selling memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, A.M. Homes finds paths out of ordinary life straight into the deepest woods of secrets, fantasies, and yearnings. Her latest collection, Days of Awe alludes in its title to the holiest period of the Jewish year but also anchors itself in the ongoing, everyday states of awe that Homes wants to evoke and pay respect to. Join us for a reading and conversation with Homes at the Las Vegas Book Festival, introduced by several short readings by Las Vegas writers who will offer their most indelible encounters with “awe.”

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She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology

Spend a decadent evening with Vietnamese poets, writers, performance artists Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, and Vi Khi Nao. With Vietnamese cuisine like bánh cuốn or cuộn giấy or bánh xèo, Dao, Tran, and Nao explore the imagined future of language and food through matriarchal mythologies. Collaborate in a performance-based, sculptural Vietnamese feast made of words, food, and diaspora.

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Life is an Op-Ed: On Making Opinions in an Age of Bewilderment
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Life is an Op-Ed: On Making Opinions in an Age of Bewilderment

Never have we had access to so much data, and never has our ability to make informed, durable, practical opinions been more challenged. As an opinion writer for The New York Times, Jennifer Senior is paid to make opinions. But that’s no simple task in this age of “hot takes” and information overload—not to mention outright misinformation. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of current affairs, alongside a guide for the perplexed in the age of Twitter, as Senior discusses her vision of a literary punditry which joins deep thinking with old-fashioned reporting—and ample doses of time and solitude.

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Breakout Nonfiction Writer: Lindsay Nixon
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Breakout Nonfiction Writer: Lindsay Nixon

Lindsay Nixon is a curator, editor, and writer. Nixon’s work uses cyclical narrative techniques, and draws on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings. Their first book nîtisânak is a memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories. Join us for a reading exploring despair and healing through community and family.

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The Believer Presents: Carmen Maria Machado In Conversation with Niela Orr
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents: Carmen Maria Machado In Conversation with Niela Orr

Black Mountain Institute and The Writer’s Block are proud to present Carmen Maria Machado, whose debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. Machado will read from and discuss her genre-bending memoir, In the Dream House–an account of a relationship gone toxic, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms of psychological abuse. Machado will discuss her work with The Believer’s deputy editor Niela Orr.

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BMI PhD Fellows Reading
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

BMI PhD Fellows Reading

Join us for an evening with BMI’s fiercely talented PhD Fellows Susana Ferreira, Samuel Gilpin, Francis Moi Moi, Robert Ren, Sreshtha Sen, and Wendy Wimmer. They will read from new and in-progress works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

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The Believer Presents: Brandon Taylor In Conversation with Drew Cohen
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents: Brandon Taylor In Conversation with Drew Cohen

Black Mountain Institute and The Writer’s Block are proud to present fiction writer Brandon Taylor, whose debut novel, Real Life, explores intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a Midwestern university town. Taylor will discuss his work with Drew Cohen, co-owner of The Writer’s Block.

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Breakout Fiction Writer: Jamel Brinkley
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Breakout Fiction Writer: Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. With incisive and nuanced prose, Jamel’s stories explore the charged, complex ties between men. Spend a night with us reflecting on tenderness and vulnerability in a world shaped by race, gender, and class.

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The Believer Festival
Apr
30
to May 2

The Believer Festival

The Believer Festival is a three-day roving celebration of writing, music, and visual arts. In the heart of the desert of Southern Nevada, established and emerging artists, comedians, literary luminaries, and the Las Vegas arts community come together and divine a creative oasis.

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An Evening with Lesley Nneka Arimah
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Lesley Nneka Arimah

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Time Magazine, Elle, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, The Millions, and winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize and the 2017 NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky is a dazzlingly accomplished debut collection exploring the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. Anne Stevens, chair of UNLV’s Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, & Ethnic Studies, leads a discussion with author and BMI Shearing Fellow Lesley Nneka Arimah for the season’s closing event.

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The Believer Festival
Apr
25
to Apr 27

The Believer Festival

The Believer Festival is a three-day roving celebration of writing, music, and visual arts. In the heart of the desert of Southern Nevada, established and emerging artists, comedians, literary luminaries, and the Las Vegas arts community come together and divine a creative oasis.

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Mixtape: Lyrics with Hanif Abdurraqib
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mixtape: Lyrics with Hanif Abdurraqib

Poet, writer, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib explores the significance of musical acts–from Carly Rae Jepsen and My Chemical Romance to Nina Simone and A Tribe Called Quest–with distinct voice and deep investment. Take part in a lively experience presenting BMI Shearing Fellow Hanif Abdurraqib with his own house band–made up of local musicians–for an evening of poetry and music.

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Alumni Reading Series: Alissa Nutting
Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Alumni Reading Series: Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting, is the author of Tampa, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, and Made for Love: A Novel. Nutting, who completed her PhD under a BMI fellowship, returns to UNLV for a reading and discussion. Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction; Made for Love was named “Best Book of 2017” by GQ, NPR, Huffington Post, Electric Literature, and The New Yorker.


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The People of Las Vegas, Featuring Amanda Fortini: A Jim Rogers Contrarian Event
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

The People of Las Vegas, Featuring Amanda Fortini: A Jim Rogers Contrarian Event

Every two years, the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute remembers James E. Rogers, the pioneering media entrepreneur and philanthropist, who challenged individuals and institutions to go beyond fixed ideas and cherished truisms. This year, in lieu of a traditional lecture on a weighty subject, BMI offers a live experience to counter the fixed idea—in the minds of many—that Las Vegas is an unserious city of transients and tourism. “The People of Las Vegas” will include a panoply of voices from residents, and an original essay by BMI’s spring 2019 Shearing Fellow Amanda Fortini.  

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The Believer Presents Mitchell S. Jackson In Conversation with Niela Orr
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents Mitchell S. Jackson In Conversation with Niela Orr

The Black Mountain Institute, The Writer’s Block, and The Believer are proud to present Whiting Award-winning writer, renowned speaker, and criminal justice reform advocate Mitchell S. Jackson. Jackson’s debut autobiographical novel The Residue Years follows Champ Thomas and his mother, Grace, and the cycles of poverty and addiction that surround them. Jackson will discuss his work with interview wizard, Believer editor and BMI Eleanor Kagi Foundation writer-in-residence Niela Orr.

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Breakout Poet: Hieu Minh Nguyen
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Breakout Poet: Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). In 2018, Hieu was awarded the Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He is also a 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. His work has also appeared in Poetry Magazine, the New York Times, Best American Poetry, the Academy of American Poets, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Minneapolis and attends the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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BMI PhD Fellows Reading
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

BMI PhD Fellows Reading

Spend an evening with BMI’s fiercely talented PhD Fellows. These nearly-minted doctors write fiction, poetry, and non-fiction that will leave you awe-struck. You'll be sure to see these names on book covers very soon: Sam Gilpin, Joe Milan, Oscar Oswald, Saltman Fellow Sreshtha Sen, Lorinda Toledo, and Wendy Wimmer. Hosted by journalist and friend Dan Hernandez. Come on by, they're excited to meet you.

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Breakout Fiction Writer: Wayétu Moore
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Breakout Fiction Writer: Wayétu Moore

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Wayétu Moore is the author of She Would Be King, an ambitious and beautiful novel reframing the creation of Liberia through magical realism. Moore's work appears in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, and The Atlantic Magazine. A graduate of Howard University and USC, she is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College. She is also the founder of One More Book, a publishing house and bookstore encouraging reading among children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. 

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The Art of Listening with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Art of Listening with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

How do we stay connected as we're listening to each other in a volatile climate? BMI and the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada team up to host an interdisciplinary discussion on the art of listening featuring the acclaimed journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, along with ethnographer Ranita Ray, and oral historian Claytee White, with remarks by WRIN Director Rebecca Gill. Whether discussing contentious politics, #MeToo experiences, historical narratives, or issues of exclusion and divisiveness, the panel will address the importance of listening effectively as a vital tool to assuaging the many barriers dividing our society. This program aims to explore how to connect with others whose experiences are different from our own.

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Mind This! Featuring Matthew Brensilver and Mandy Kahn
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Mind This! Featuring Matthew Brensilver and Mandy Kahn

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How do the skills of mindfulness echo with the quiet, fierce attention that shapes art? Former Buddhist Chaplain Matthew Brensilver will lead a day-long meditation sit, punctuated with original performances and art encounters led by poet and performer Mandy Kahn. Join us for a day-long workshop that serves as both meditation retreat and a one-of-a-kind experience of visual and literary arts. Co-sponsored by the Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV. 

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The Believer Presents Elizabeth McCracken
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents Elizabeth McCracken

The Black Mountain Institute, The Writer’s Block, and The Believer are proud to kick off our spring season with Elizabeth McCracken, winner of the Story Prize and National Book Award finalist. McCracken’s will discuss her latest book, Bowlaway, with fiction writer and BMI PhD Fellow Wendy Wimmer. Bowlaway tells the story of Bertha Truitt, a woman found unconscious in a New England cemetery with nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person.

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We’ve Got Issues: The Best of The Believer Archive
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

We’ve Got Issues: The Best of The Believer Archive

For more than 15 years, The Believer magazine has published an array of emerging and established voices. Join features editor Camille Bromley, managing editor Daniel Gumbiner, Believer contributors, and staff as they read select highlights from the magazine’s archive of essays, comics, humor, poems, and interviews. The evening will also offer an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming December Issue.

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The Moth
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Moth

The Moth–popular public radio series and live show–is making its Las Vegas valley premiere. Join the Black Mountain Institute, The Believer, and Nevada Public Radio, as we welcome Teller, Vikram Krishnasamy, Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, Erica Vital-Lazare and Ruby Cooper–five powerful storytellers sharing their true and authentic experiences before a live audience.


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Breakout Poet: Claire Schwartz
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Breakout Poet: Claire Schwartz

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, J. Jennifer Espinoza will no longer be joining us in Las Vegas next month. Please help us welcome Claire Schwartz in her stead. Claire is a poet and academic, author of bound, and contributor to the Paris Review’s “Poetry Rx.”

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The Believer Presents Lucas Mann In Conversation with Sarah Marshall
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents Lucas Mann In Conversation with Sarah Marshall

Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann joins Believer contributor Sarah Marshall in a conversation about reality television, longform nonfiction, and storytelling surrounding the occasion of Mann’s third book, Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV. Signing and reception to follow.

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Jack London in Hawaii–and Me–A Double Portrait.
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Jack London in Hawaii–and Me–A Double Portrait.

Acclaimed novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux, author of over fifty books such as The Great Railway Bazaar and The Mosquito Coast, will be giving a talk titled "Jack London in Hawaii--and Me Too--A Double Portrait." This talk will serve as the keynote address of the 2018 Jack London Society Symposium. It is free and open to the public. Paul Theroux will be available to sign copies of his books after the talk.

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The Believer Presents R.O. Kwon In Conversation with Derek Palacio
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Believer Presents R.O. Kwon In Conversation with Derek Palacio

The Black Mountain Institute, The Believer magazine, and The Writer’s Block announce a new event series featuring critically-acclaimed authors in conversation. Our inaugural event features R.O. Kwon in conversation with novelist Derek Palacio about Kwon’s highly-anticipated debut, The Incendiaries.

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