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Poetry Matters!

  • Nevada Humanities Program Gallery 1017 S. First Street, #190 Las Vegas, NV (map)

Featured Poets: Jennifer Battisti, author of Echo Bay, and Bruce Isaacson, author of Prayers.  

Jennifer Battisti, a Las Vegas native, studies creative writing at Nevada State College. Her work has been anthologized in Legs of Tumbleweed, Wings of Lace and Where We Live, a project to benefit the survivors of the October 1st tragedy, and is forthcoming in The Good Fight. Her writing has appeared in The Desert Companion, The Citron Review, Minerva Rising and elsewhere. In 2016 Nevada Public Radio interviewed her about her poetry. Her first chapbook, Echo Bay (Tolsun Books) was released in 2018. She is the recipient of the Helen Stewart Poetry Prize. She is the co-director and a teaching artist for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Clark County. 

Bruce Isaacson earned degrees from Claremont McKenna, Dartmouth, and Brooklyn College, where he submitted a thesis to noted American poet Allen Ginsberg.  He is publisher of Zeitgeist Press, with over 100 books published to date. He is known in SF from the Cafe Babar readings, an infamous poetry free-for-all once described as “Gladiator School for poets.”   He was the first Poet Laureate of Clark County, Nevada and is Board Chair of Poetry Promise, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization to advance the knowledge and practice of poetry.

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