NO THOUGHTS, NO PRAYERS

By Gregory Crosby

October is my favorite month, even if, growing up in Las Vegas, it didn’t feel remotely autumnal until Halloween, not coincidentally my favorite holiday (even if so many of my friends insisted on celebrating something called “Nevada Day”).

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Unexpected Channels Through Familiar Ground

By Scott Dickensheets

It’s a quiet September Saturday, and I’m thinking hard about how fragile life, civilization, and everything really are. Not because something’s wrong, at least not in my immediate world, but rather because nothing seems wrong: the grandkids are squealing, the dogs are sleeping, several of the bills are paid.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Dear Victor Hugo

By Elise Choi
This letter is one of the 2018 “Letters About Literature” winners for the state of Nevada.

Dear Victor Hugo,

My two sisters, I, and my parents are members who constitute our family. Although my parents are fully devoted to their daughters, maybe due to the principle of mathematics, only two children can receive full attention from two adults at same moment.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Why I Write?

By Cassandra D. Little, PhD, MSW

Growing up in the inner city of East Palo Alto, California and being surrounded by drugs, violence, and poverty, reading and writing offered me the opportunity to escape my reality and dream of a world that I wanted to live in.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Window

By June Sylvester Saraceno
Previously published in Tiferet

The window fills with gardenia bloom in evening.
The humid air, my sister’s voice, this window
that I raise and lower across elastic time.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Fairy Great Aunties

By Vogue Robinson

Sleeping Beauty had three fairy godmothers
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
They gave her the gifts of beauty, song, and slumber
When I was born, God gave me three roses instead
Great Aunties - Dorothy, Lily, and Juanita

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Dear Plato

By Katelyn J. Lee

This letter is the 2018 “Letters About Literature” winner for Nevada.

I thought I would never excel at anything. Not math, not violin, not piano, not anything. My goals were always out of reach because I couldn’t soar, couldn’t even fly. Even though I have worked extremely hard to achieve my goals, it just never seemed to happen.

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Cheyanne TreadwayThomas
Welcome to the ONE

By the staff of Nevada Humanities

Did you know that Nevada Humanities has an incredible reference tool that delves into Nevada culture, history, and heritage? Active since 2006, the Online Nevada Encyclopedia (ONE), is free, online resource that is available to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Silver State.

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Dance and Poetry: A Symbiosis

By Caitlin McCarty

I’ve always been curious about the way words can construct and deconstruct our lives. I love you – construct. I think we should go our separate ways – deconstruct. Words have the ability to build us up or tear us down and sometimes, they do something in between.

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Maren Rush
Summer Gatherings

By Christina Barr

As summer kicks into high gear, I am reminded of how important it is to connect with friends and family. The humanities are the perfect catalyst for this. Festivals, cultural events,  family celebrations, barbecues, music, art, literature, and all of the social elements that make us human are the glue that binds us together as families and communities.

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Maren Rush
Address What Matters

By Gailmarie Pahmeier

Gailmarie Pahmeier, Reno Poet Laureate, Emerita, teaches in the MFA Programs at UNR and Sierra Nevada College. She is a recent inductee into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and last year’s recipient of the Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities Award from Nevada Humanities.

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Maren Rush
History Comes to Life Through Great Basin Young Chautauqua

By The Nevada Humanities Staff

What do these three historical figures — Samuel Clemens, Madeleine L’Engle, and Evel Knievel — all have in common? They will all converge at the same time and in the same place in Sparks, Nevada. The Nevada Humanities Great Basin Young Chautauqua Showcase presents the stories of these and other historical characters through live theatrical performances on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Restless Artists’ Theatre in Sparks.

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Maren Rush
Envoy

By Ann Keniston

A different version was published (under the title “Dreamed Beloved”)
in the Missouri Review Online.

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Maren Rush