In The News: Department of English

City Cast Las Vegas
September 5, 2023

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
September 1, 2023

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

The Bitchuation Room
August 29, 2023

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
August 22, 2023

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
August 14, 2023

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
March 31, 2023

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.

Huffington Post
January 11, 2023

"For as long as I could remember, people told me I would look and feel better if I lost weight. ... By the time I was 10, I ritually put myself on weird diets."

Desert Companion
December 22, 2022

The Black Mountain Institute, Southern Nevada’s literary anchor, has taken a public relations gut punch. The former director resigned after exposing himself during a Zoom meeting with staff, prompting employees to anonymously pen an open letter that detailed “a fractured workplace rife with pay and labor inequalities.” Not long after that scandal died down, UNLV, where BMI is nestled in the English department, sold The Believer, the respected but financially insolvent literary magazine.

Nevada Independent
December 14, 2022

It’s easy to read about the massive numbers of tech layoffs in the headlines and miss something: These tens of thousands of eliminated positions correspond to people who may have chosen the tech industry with hopes of always being able to find a job. The layoff trends are continuing, though, with more than 160,000 jobs lost so far, and other tech companies now looking to weather tougher economic times through layoffs (a situation some tech CEOs are condemning). In just one month, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, laid off 13 percent of its workforce, which was 11,000 jobs, and as you read this, we all are front-row spectators to the enormous exodus at Twitter.

Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2022

Kevin de León knows the trauma many Angelenos carry. He has seen Black and brown men’s lives destroyed by powerful institutions that show them no mercy.

October 24, 2022

Halloween vandals are no longer egging and toilet papering homes — they’re stealing lawn decor.

October 20, 2022

From biblical depictions of Christ casting out demons, to charismatic Christians in the '60s, to the story behind the 1973 movie, people have been attempting to expel evil for centuries.