In The News: Department of English

Las Vegas Review Journal

“Community.” “Curious.” “Expectant.” “Unified.” In one word, each person explains his or her feelings at this particular moment. Seated in a circle of red plastic chairs, an array of community spiritual leaders and UNLV students and faculty pass a microphone to introduce themselves at the “How to Be a Peacemaker” discussion group, part of the university’s ongoing Diversity Dialogues series.

Black Fox Literary Magazine

His blistering dystopian adventure novel Hammer of the Dogs was published by the University of Nevada Press in September.

Publishers Weekly

Majoring in English as undergrads in the early 1990s, Gen Xers like me hid our passions from the professors.


Jarret Keene, an assistant professor of English at UNLV, recently published a novel called Hammer of the Dogs, set in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. It tells the story of Lash, a 21-year-old woman who is trying to save her peers and Las Vegas from forces that use technology in nefarious ways.

History Channel

Explore the origins behind witch costume features—the hat, the black dress, prominent nose and green skin.

Desert Companion

Food writer Kim Foster explores these associations and more, as part of UNLV’s University Forum Lecture series in collaboration with the Black Mountain Institute

City Cast Las Vegas

Author Jarret Keene, a UNLV English professor and book editor, has written poetry collections, a bio of The Killers — and now a futuristic adventure yarn titled “Hammer of the Dogs” (University of Nevada Press). He launches the novel next Tuesday, Sept. 12, with an event at The Writer’s Block.

Tallahassee Magazine

In Jarret Keene’s thriller, humanity outlasts power-trippers

The Bitchuation Room

From El Salvador to the United States, in order to fight fascism we need to remember our radical history and use it to seed real revolution. We also need to "touching the tiger in the balls" Roberto Lovato, Salvadoran journalist and author of Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas, joins to talk about the importance of remembering and healing from historic trauma, current Central American politics, and U.S. foreign policy. 

KOA News Talk

Jarret Keene is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he teaches American literature and the graphic novel. His new dystopian graphic novel is called “Hammer of the Dogs”. We'll discuss why college students seem so much less interested in "liberal arts" majors and how we can encourage young people to read more.

Author Magazine

Bill welcomes debut novelist and memoirist Jarret Keene to the show. Jarret earned his Ph.D. in creative writing at Florida State University. A beloved and highly sought after professor, Dr. Keene is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he teaches American literature and the graphic novel. He has written a travel guide, a rock-band biography, poetry collections and edited short-fiction anthologies including Las Vegas Noir and Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas. Hammer of the Dogs published by University of Nevada Press (September 12, 2023) is his first novel.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Holocaust survivors and their descendants shared their personal experiences at a special Passover Seder at UNLV Wednesday to honor and remember the lives of the roughly six million Jews that were lost.