Fall 2023 Poetry Promise Workshops at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
Let our art inspire your poetry. Spend time discussing our exhibitions with a professional local poet before using the art to generate literary creations of your own.
Oct. 7: Andrew Romanelli
Andrew Romanelli is a community activist and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. He has peeled potatoes, bussed tables, collected debts, hustled on wide boulevards, hawked shoes, cigarettes, delivered hair products, and provided customer service for inmates across the country. In facing the worst within us, he surrenders daily to the best-possible of us. He is a boy who cannot be pulled away from the beauty inherent in the discarded. Previously the assistant poetry editor of Helen: A Literary Magazine, he received the Poetry Promise John Oliver Award in 2018. In 2022 he published his first poetry collection, ROTGUT, through Zeitgeist Press.
Oct. 14: Paul Stoddard
Paul Stoddard loves to create the space to collaborate and grow with other poets in whatever form they come: young, old, animal, plant, or the voices in the wind. He works as a teacher in the Las Vegas Valley where he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduating with his MS in Literacy in 2020. He’s taught and learned with students since 2013.
Oct. 21: Solid Truth
Oct. 28: SamRay
SamRay is a fresh face to poetry, but growing up with the Strip as her backyard it's no wonder this poet knows how to captivate a crowd. The multi-talented 26-year-old has featured at places like Cork and Thorn and the Utah Arts Festival. Her poetry is truthful and raw, and she doesn’t shy away from heavy topics Whether it be acting, singing, or poetry, Sam is sure to tug at your heartstrings.
The workshops will take place at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at UNLV on October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023. Participation is free and parking on the UNLV campus is free of charge on weekends. Masks are recommended.
All of the Museum’s current exhibitions will be on view until March 16, 2024.
This project is supported in part by Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the State of Nevada’s Nevada Fiscal Recovery Grant.