Las Vegas Writes

Since 2009, Nevada Humanities has commissioned writers for the Las Vegas Writes anthology to develop original works addressing a theme connected to Las Vegas. These works are compiled into a book-length volume of stories, essays, and poetry called Las Vegas Writes. The first four volumes were published by Stephens Press, and Las Vegas Writes is currently published by Huntington Press. Nevada Humanities hosts a book launch event every year at the Las Vegas Book Festival with readings and conversations moderated by the book's editors. Las Vegas Writes authors are also featured in readings and events throughout the state. Las Vegas Writes is published annually by Nevada Humanities. Current and past editions of Las Vegas Writes are sold by booksellers online and throughout the state or at the Nevada Humanities offices in Reno and Las Vegas. Nevada Humanities collaborates with the Las Vegas Book Festival and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District to produce Las Vegas Writes.


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2019 Las Vegas Writes

A Change is Gonna Come: Reinvention in the City of Second Chances
Las Vegas Writes, Volume 10

Nevada Humanities announces the publication of A Change Is Gonna Come: Reinvention in the City of Second Chances, Volume 10 of the ongoing Las Vegas Writes series, published by Huntington Press. Every year Nevada Humanities and Las Vegas Writes commission a series of writers to develop an original work surrounding a theme connected to Las Vegas. For the past nine years, topics have focused on Las Vegas’ history, future, and literature, highlighting the broad scope of the literary talents of those who live and work in Nevada. A Change Is Gonna Come showcases 14 Las Vegas-based writers who explore the theme of reinvention. Through essays, short stories, and poems, the authors explore the various manifestations of reinvention in the context of Las Vegas, long regarded as a city of second chances. Co-editor Scott Dickensheets notes, "Most reinvention is neither sinister nor worthy of note; it’s just everyday personal growth, as we work to extend or escape our narratives and histories."

Celebrating 10 Years of Las Vegas Writes Contributors
A Change Is Gonna Come Book Launch and Conversation with the Authors
Moderated by Scott Dickensheets and Geoff Schumacher

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Reception at 6:00 pm, Program at 7:00 pm

Clark County Library Theatre 
1401 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV
Free and open to the public 

Featured Authors: 
Jennifer Battisti, Steve Bornfeld, Harry Fagel, Lonn M. Friend, A.D. Hopkins, Dayvid Figler, Veronica Klash, Oksana Marafioti, Mike Prevatt, Vogue Robinson, Erin Ryan, Steve Sebelius, Amanda Skenandore, & Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña

 
 

Edited by Scott Dickensheets and Geoff Schumacher 
Cover Design: Christopher Smith
Publisher: Huntington Press
Book Sales: Purchase Here

 
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Las Vegas Writes, Volume 10
A Change is Gonna Come: Reinvention in the City of Second Chances

Contributing Authors

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, Where We Live, an anthology of writing and art in response to the October 1 tragedy and is forthcoming in The Good Fight. Her worked has also appeared in  Desert Companion, Minerva Rising, The Citron Review, FLARE, Helen: A Literary Magazine, The Red Rock Review, 300 Days of Summer, and elsewhere. She is a contributing writer for Las Vegas Woman magazine. She is the coordinator and a participating teaching artist for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Clark County. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Helen Stewart Poetry Prize, and was voted best local poet or writer by the readers of Desert Companion. Her first chapbook, Echo Bay was released in 2018 (Tolsun Books).

Originally from the Bronx, Steve Bornfeld spent decades working for daily newspapers and magazines in New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and, since 1997, Las Vegas. As an entertainment/feature writer, editor, and columnist, his work has appeared in the New York Post, Boston Herald, Hollywood Reporter, and the Gannett and Hearst newswires, as well as locally in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Seven, Las Vegas Life, Desert Companion, and Showbiz Weekly. He has been honored with multiple state, regional, and national journalism awards from the Nevada Press Association, Best of the West journalism contest, and the Society for Features Journalism. In 2018, he was hired as managing editor/principal writer for LasVegasNewswire.com, produced by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Bornfeld is also a published poet and author of two one-act plays staged at Las Vegas Little Theatre. As a Bronx boy at heart, his only complaint about Las Vegas is he can’t take the subway to work.

Harry Fagel is a lifelong resident of Clark County, and served for twenty-five years in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. He has authored two books of poetry published by Zeitgeist Press and has been published in numerous anthologies. He received the Hildebrand grant from the University of Nevada, Reno and has been commissioned for a range of poetry projects, both private and public. His album Wordmurder, available from Wood Shampoo Records, featured the late Tommy Marth on saxophone. He is currently writing full time, producing poetry, books, performance art, photography, and more. He loves his wife and kids more than anything. 

Dayvid Figler is a lifelong Nevadan. He bounces like a manic racquetball ball between the worlds of law (where he’s a capital defense attorney) and prose (where he’s a professional essayist and storyteller). A two-time Nevada Arts Council Fellow, 2013 Las Vegas Book Festival Crystal Bookmark honoree, and 2019 Medal of Justice recipient from the Nevada State Bar, he finds quirky solace in the third rail of poetry.  

Lonn M. Friend writes about music, culture, and life. His first major recognition came during his stint as editor of the music periodical RIP Magazine in the late 1980s and early ’90s, where he wrote about most of the major music acts of the day, including Guns N’ Roses and Metallica. He told the story of those years in his 2006 memoir Life on Planet Rock, following up in 2011 with the rest of the story in Sweet Demotion: How An Almost Famous Rock Journalist Lost Everything and Found Himself (Almost). He has also appeared frequently as a commentator for music shows on VH! And E! Entertainment, and in rock documentaries. He has written locally for Las Vegas Life, Las Vegas Weekly, Vegas Seven, and Desert Companion, and nationally for HITS, Relix, Metal Edge, In the Loop and others.

Award-winning journalist and Nevada Newspaper Hall of Famer A.D. Hopkins is a native of Stuart, Virginia, and graduated from the University of Richmond. He moved to Las Vegas in 1969, and during his forty-six-year career worked for all three of Las Vegas’ daily newspapers, largely as an investigative reporter and editor. He was founding editor of Las Vegas Today, one of the first magazines about the casino industry. He edited Nevadan and Cerca, magazines published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also edited the Cerca County Guides series of books, including Great Hikes, Road Trips, Mountain Biking, and Adventures. He edited many books for Stephens Press, including Base Camp Las Vegas. Hopkins co-authored The First 100, a history of Las Vegas, and is an authority on early Nevada gunslingers. The Boys Who Woke Up Early, his debut novel, was released in 2019 by Imbrifex Books and reflects realities and people Hopkins met as a reporter in the small towns, police stations, and courthouses of Virginia in the 1960s.

Veronica Klash loves living in Las Vegas and writing in her living room. Her fiction work has been published in online literary magazines such as Cheap Pop and Ellipsis Zine. She is a fiction reader for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas literary magazine Witness. Her nonfiction can be found in Desert Companion. When she’s not writing, Veronica indulges in her other obsessions: food, martinis, and goofy socks. Find more at veronicaklash.com

Oksana Marafioti is an award-winning American writer of Armenian-Romani descent. Her memoir American Gypsy was published in 2012 by FSG. She has published essays and stories in Time, Slate, The Rumpus, Pilgrimage, storySouth, and several anthologies, including Immigrant Voices (Penguin Books, 2015). She is a 2013 Library of Congress Kluge Fellow and a guest lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  

Mike Prevatt is a Los Angeleno by blood but a Las Vegan at heart. After frequent visits as a teenager and college student, he relocated to the Las Vegas Valley in 1998 and began his professional journalism career at alternative weekly Las Vegas CityLife, where he began covering local musicians and became the first local journalist to cover the Strip’s DJ and nightlife scene. After a brief hop back to Los Angeles, he returned to Las Vegas and CityLife at the dawning of Downtown’s Fremont East scene, where Mike immersed himself in its musical and lounge/DJ scene. He moved to Las Vegas Weekly in 2013, covering a greater range of topics, and then transitioned to radio producer at KNPR in 2019. Mike is still an avid concertgoer, as well as a fussy cinephile and an unabashed roller-coaster enthusiast. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikeprevatt. 

Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña earned a B.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her poetry has been published in From Snowcaps to Desert Flats: An Anthology of Latino Writers in Nevada; Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women; Clark: Poetry from Clark County, Nevada; and 300 Days of Sun. Her chapbook, Bougainvillea, is forthcoming in August 2019 from Tolsun Books. She lives in Southern Nevada with her husband and three children. 

Vogue Robinson was named Clark County’s second-ever poet laureate in 2017, and she currently serves as executive director of the nonprofit Poetry Promise, Inc. Robinson is a graduate of San Diego State University, where she earned her BA in English. Vogue has been working with the valley’s Battle Born Slam team since 2013, and has represented Vegas at four national competitions. She is the author of Vogue 3:16 and her work has also been published in Clark, Desert Companion, Red Rock Review, and Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women.

Erin Ryan has seventeen years of clips in her garage, about half wrapped up in Las Vegas. As a writer and editor for newspapers and weekly magazines, she has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West, and state press associations in Idaho and Nevada. As a freelancer, she fine-tunes a little of everything and tells stories for outlets ranging from Travel + Leisure and Guardian Media Group to Las Vegas Magazine and Desert Companion. Off the page, she is mom to an ancient dog and a brand-new human.

Steve Sebelius has covered government and politics for nearly thirty years in California and Nevada, writing for daily and weekly newspapers and television stations. He’s currently the politics and government editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he writes a weekly column on Nevada politics. He’s also the political analyst for 8NewsNow, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate, where he co-hosts the weekly show PoliticsNOW. Sebelius graduated from Biola University in La Mirada, California, in 1989. He worked for the Huntington Beach Independent, the Pomona Progress-Bulletin, the Sacramento Union, the Las Vegas Sun, the San Bernardino Sun, and Las Vegas CityLife before being hired to write political columns for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 1999. Sebelius also served as the editor of CityLife from 2005-2011. In 2010, he was hired to do political analysis for 8NewsNow, and in 2015, began co-hosting PoliticsNOW.

Amanda Skenandore is the author of two historical novels, The Undertaker’s Assistant and Between Earth & Sky, winner of the 2019 American Library Association’s Reading List award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their pet turtle, Lenore.

EDITORS
Scott Dickensheets
 is the deputy editor of Desert Companion, the magazine of Nevada Public Radio. Before that, he top-edited Las Vegas CityLife and the Las Vegas Weekly, served as managing editor of Las Vegas Life, and worked in a number of positions at the Las Vegas Sun. Dickensheets has edited, co-edited, or contributed to eight previous volumes of the Las Vegas Writes series and was an assistant editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State.

Geoff Schumacher is the senior director of content for the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, responsible for its exhibits, artifacts and public programs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his master’s degree in history from Arizona State University. He had a twenty-five-year career in journalism, with stops at the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas CityLifeLas Vegas Mercury, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Ames (Iowa) Tribune. He is the author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas and served as editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State, the official book commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial. He is associate editor of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly and has edited, co-edited or contributed to seven editions of the annual Las Vegas Writes anthology for Nevada Humanities.


Las Vegas Writes History 

Las Vegas Writes each year commissions a series of writers to develop an original work surrounding a theme connected to Las Vegas in some aspect. For the past nine years a series of essays and stories, both fiction and nonfiction, have been created. The first four issues were published by Stephens Press, and Las Vegas Writes is now published by Huntington Press. Las Vegas Writes has a book launch at the Las Vegas Book Festival with readings and a conversation moderated by the project editors. Commissioning original works with topics focusing on the history, future, and literary fuel Las Vegas provides, showcases the broad scope of the talents that live and work and that call Nevada home.

2009 Las Vegas Writes Volume 1
Restless City 
In Restless City, a serial novel written by seven different Las Vegas authors, private eye Daniel Brady takes a routine job for a high-rolling gambler that turns into a dangerous journey into the dark recesses of Sin City. This fast-paced mystery, which pays homage to crime noir pioneers Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, propels readers from the seedy streets of downtown Las Vegas to the posh suites of the Strip. Along the way, Brady must untangle a web of intrigue, distinguishing fantasy from reality in a city that thrives on illusions. Each writer pushes Brady deeper into a conspiracy in which he encounters a rich cast of characters, reflecting the diverse palette of Las Vegas. 
The authors who participated in this project, sponsored by the 2009 Vegas Valley Book Festival, represent a who's who of the Las Vegas literary scene. They are H. Lee Barnes, John H. Irsfeld, Brian Rouff, Leah Bailly, John L. Smith, Constance Ford, and Vu Tran, with Geoff Schumacher serving as editor. Restless City is the first title published by CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press. 

2010 Las Vegas Writes Volume 2
Perpetual Engine of Hope: Short Stories Inspired by Iconic Las Vegas Photographs 
The Perpetual Engine of Hope, a collection of short stories inspired by vintage Las Vegas photographs, takes you on an epic journey from the heyday of the mob era to a dystopian future of dashed dreams. No matter the genre, from crime noir to horror, psychological drama to urban fantasy, these stories have something compelling to say about Las Vegas and its ability to inspire hope even amid the most dire circumstances. Along the way, the writers revel in the city's rich past and ponder its uncertain future, the historic images driving them to consider Las Vegas from fresh and illuminating perspectives. Feature writers: K. W. Jeter, Dayvid Figler, Juan Martinez, Oksana Marafioti, Alissa Nutting, Megan Edwards, Geoff Schumacher, Editor. Publisher CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press. 

2011 Las Vegas Writes Volume 3
Fade Sag Crumble: Ten Las Vegas Writers Confront Decay 
Decay is unavoidable. It's everywhere around us, physically, socially, spiritually. In our crumbling inner cities and foreclosure-ravaged suburbs. In the widening chasms of our politics. In the erosion of the social contract that once governed how we treat each other. In our own aging bodies and diminishing ambitions. Decay is a powerfully meaningful subject in the context of Las Vegas, a city devoted to gleaming surfaces, the glamour of youth and the thrill of the new. But it isn't immune to decline, and in the ten essays collected here, a diverse group of the city's best writers - novelists, journalists, scholars, critics - confront it head on. With refreshing candor, penetrating insight and plenty of wit, they probe the rot and look for ways to reclaim it, whether it's in their community, our public life or within themselves. The writers who participated in this project, sponsored by the 2011 Vegas Valley Book Festival, are Stephen Bates, Deborah Coonts, Lynette Curtis, Jarret Keene, Danielle Kelly, Andrew Kiraly, Rick Lax, Matthew O'Brien, Steve Sebelius and Stacy J. Willis. Cover Design: Mary Hill Publisher CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press. 

2012 Las Vegas Writes Volume 4
Wish You Were Here
Stories and Essays Inspired by Fabulous Las Vegas Postcards 
The postcard is a brilliant piece of pop culture. These simple, lightweight rectangles of good cheer serve many functions at once: They are glimpses of a special place, vessels of memory, fragments of story -- and, for those that survive, little capsules of history. That's especially true of postcards from Las Vegas, one of the most visually dynamic, changing, meaning-packed locales in the world. 
Inspired by iconic Sin City postcards, eight of the city's best writers delve deep into their imaginations to conceive short stories and essays that cast a fresh eye on a place you only think you know. Featured writers: Quentin R. Bufogle, Maile Chapman, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Lindsey Leavitt, Corey Levitan, Greg Blake Miller, Kristen Peterson and Lissa Townsend Rodgers. Editor: Scott Dickensheets. Publisher CityLife Books, an imprint of Stephens Press. 

2013 Las Vegas Writes Volume 5
Getting Better All The Time: Las Vegas Writers Explore Progress 
Progress is a motive force in every city—and, perhaps, the point of civilization itself. The evolution of Sin City has challenged conventional meanings and methods of forward movement since it began its modernization by embracing both nontraditional behaviors (legalized gambling, liberalized divorce laws) and sizable federal investments (Hoover Dam, Nellis Air Force Base). Through the up and down eras that followed—Rat Pack, Elvis, megaresorts, housing boom, housing bust, and now the Downtown Project—Las Vegas has always coined its own definition of progress. In these stories and essays by some of Las Vegas’ finest writers, you will see how locals weave spectacle, risk, and reward into the narratives of civic, political, financial, personal, and spiritual progress ... or, sometimes, calamity. Featured writers: Aurora Brackett, Henry Brean , Geoff Carter, Abigail Goldman , John Katsilometes, Rena Mason , Kris Saknussemm, Doug Unger, Sarah Jane Woodall Scott Dickensheets, Editor. Cover Design: Mary Hill Publisher: Huntington Press http://huntingtonpress.com 

2014 Las Vegas Writes Volume 6
Lost and Found in Las Vegas What the City Hides and What it Reveals
Essays and Stories
You never know what you’ll encounter in a lost-and found – random items, lost histories, and left-behind fragments of very different lives. Something thrilling perhaps, or something banal, something mysterious, maybe even something that defies belief. The same is true of Las Vegas, a city that attracts a staggering variety of people, stories, and schemes, and draws it unique energies form the interaction of so many random elements. Nowhere else is it so easy to get lost and so vital to be found. That makes “lost and found” the perfect theme for the 10 writers in the anthology to explore a city that conceals so much and reveals even more. 
This is the sixth volume in the Las Vegas Writes Project series, an annual collection designed to showcase the city’s literary talent. This issues writers are: David Armstrong, Mason Ian Bundschuh, Heidi Kyser, Joseph Langdon, Launce Rake, Moniro Ravanipour, Geoff Schumacher, T.R. Witcher, and Mercedes M. Yardley. Edited by Scott Dickensheets. Cover Design: Mary Hill Publisher: Huntington Press http://huntingtonpress.com 

2015 Las Vegas Writes Volume 7
The Anarchy Of Memories Short Fiction Featuring Las Vegas Icons 
What if gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson took one more journey to Las Vegas in search of the American Dream? What if the ghost of Ted Binion haunted his former home? What if Andre Agassi were caught up in a futuristic courtroom drama? These questions and more are explored by writers tackling the challenge of creating a fictional story around a Las Vegas icon. From a historical saga of Las Vegas’ early days to a madcap clone war along a sci-fi strip, eight local writers experiment with a range of styles and genres in this seventh volume of the Vegas Valley Book Festival’s Las Vegas Writes Project. Contributors to this edition: Scott Dickensheets, C.J. Mosher, Drew Cohen, Jessie Humphries, Helen H. Moore, Sonya Padgett, Erica Vital-Lazare, and Doug Elfman. Edited by Geoff Schumacher. Cover Design: Herman Valencia Publisher: Huntington Press http://huntingtonpress.com 

2017 Las Vegas Writes Volume 8
Back to Where You Once Belonged
Las Vegas Writers Weigh the Power of the Past 
In a sweeping anthology that moves from the ancient makers of Southern Nevada’s petroglyphs and occupants of the county morgue to denizens of contemporary street life, ten Las Vegas essayists examine the many ways our pasts shape our present— and, possibly, our future. 
Set in and around a city with its own complex relationship to history, these eclectic narratives take you in surprising directions. Listen in as a photography model ponders the psychology of the men who hire her to recreate red-letter moments from their pasts. Follow the rollicking account of a young historian’s baptism in early-’80s journalism. Watch as a writer bottoms out and gets back up. 
By indelibly joining the timeless—family, race, trauma, love, death—with the personal, the essays in this collection, the eighth volume in the Las Vegas Writes series, present a singular view of a city that’s forever negotiating the turbulent passage between then and now. Featured writers: Lee Barnes, Dawn-Michelle Baude, Noah Cicero, Nicholas Russell, Michael Green, Heather Lang, Daniel Hernandez , Stacy J. Willis, T.R. Witcher , and Sarah Jane Woodall. Edited by Scott Dickensheets and Geoff Schumacher Cover Image: Heather Protz Publisher: Huntington Press http://huntingtonpress.com Las Vegas Writes Project is supported by public funding for the literary arts through the Las Vegas Book Festival, Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Huntington Press, and in part from a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts a federal agency. 

2018 Las Vegas Writes Volume 9
Live Through This: An Anthology of Unnatural Disasters
Stories and Essays by Las Vegas Writers

Short stories and essays about how haywire Las Vegas can get! 
Las Vegas was built on billions of intimate unnatural disasters―bad turns of the cards, unfortunate rolls of the dice. In both fiction and essays, this wide-ranging anthology extends the dynamic of unnatural disasters beyond the gaming parlors and into the streets, homes, and other eccentric spaces of Las Vegas. 
Among the nonfiction, you’ll descend into a decades-old atomic bunker, given new relevance as international relations tense; meet a man tinkering with his own brain chemicals in hopes of improving his chess game; follow a foster mother as she negotiates the fraught relations with the drug-addicted biological mother of the children in her care; gauge the meaning of post-shooting #VegasStrong through the lens of the popular video game Fallout: New Vegas. 
The fiction is equally eclectic, taking in the Las Vegas of the past (Bugsy Siegel and Virginia Hill on the eve of the Flamingo’s opening), the present (a down-and-out barfly drifts into danger as he investigates what appeared to be an accidental disaster), and the future (an Oceans’ 11-style sci-fi romp). Together, these writings show some of the many ways that life in Las Vegas is shaped by things going haywire―and, sometimes, by how we overcome disaster. Featured writers: Megan Edwards, Kim Foster, John Hay, Jarret Keene, Andrew Kiraly, C. Moon Reed, Lissa Townsend Rodgers, Jason Scavone, David G. Schwartz, F. Andrew Taylor, and Kristy Totten. Edited by Scott Dickensheets and Geoff Schumacher Cover Design: Christopher Smith, Cover Image: Robert Beckmann Publisher: Huntington Press http://huntingtonpress.com 
Las Vegas Writes Project is supported by public funding for the literary arts through the Las Vegas Book Festival, Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, and Huntington Press. 

2019 Las Vegas Writes Volume 10
A Change is Gonna Come: Reinvention in the City of Second Changes
Essays, Poems, and Stories 
Nevada Humanities announces the publication of A Change Is Gonna Come: Reinvention in the City of Second Changes, Volume 10 of the ongoing Las Vegas Writes series, published by Huntington Press. Every year Nevada Humanities and the Las Vegas Writes project commission a series of writers to develop an original work surrounding a theme connected to Las Vegas. For the past nine years, topics have focused on Las Vegas’ history, future, and literature, highlighting the broad scope of the literary talents of those who live and work in Nevada. A Change Is Gonna Come showcases 14 Las Vegas-based writers who explore the theme of reinvention. Through essays, short stories, and poems, the authors explore the various manifestations of reinvention in the context of Las Vegas, long regarded as a city of second chances. Co- editor Scott Dickensheets notes, "Most reinvention is neither sinister nor worthy of note; it’s just everyday personal growth, as we work to extend or escape our narratives and histories." Features writers: Jennifer Battisti, Steve Bornfeld, Harry Fagel, Lonn M. Friend, A.D. Hopkins, Dayvid Figler, Veronica Klash, Oksana Marafioti, Mike Prevatt, Vogue Robinson, Erin Ryan, Steve Sebelius, Amanda Skenandore, and Elizabeth Quiñones- Zaldaña.
Cover Design: Christopher Smith Publisher: Anthony Curtis, Huntington Press http://huntingtonpress.com 

Acknowledgements The Las Vegas Writes Project 2019 is supported by public and private funding for the literary arts through Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nevada Center for the Book, Nevada State Library Archives and Public Records, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, Test Site Projects, and Huntington Press. The program receives support with readings and conversations hosted at venues that support the literary arts from, the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Writer's Block Book Store, and the Las Vegas Book Festival at the Historic 5th Street School, and the Clark County Library, Las Vegas, Nevada.