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Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute News

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute brings writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life through events, fellowships, publications, and student engagement opportunities.

Current Black Mountain Institute News

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People | October 2, 2019

Silver State Award winner and former President Carol Harter oversaw unprecedented expansion for the university.

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Business and Community | August 15, 2019

Readings and events will explore the human experience through topics including race, class, inequality, and resilience.

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Arts and Culture | August 4, 2019

From works providing context for today's political issues to the unexpected inspiration of sheep, Black Mountain Institute staff offer their recommendations.

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Campus News | April 17, 2019

The culminating event of Black Mountain Institute Believer festival features comedy, music, and a thought-provoking roundtable conversation; event scheduled for 8 p.m. April 27 at UNLV Ham Concert Hall.

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Arts and Culture | February 13, 2019

The Believer Festival is a three-day roving celebration of writing, music, film, comedy, and visual arts hosted by UNLV's Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. The event is April 25-27, with tickets available starting Feb. 15.

Sara Ortiz, program manager for the Black Mountain Institute. She manages events, readings, etc. for the fellows and writers-in-residence, poses in front of trees on campus.
People | November 13, 2018

As program manager for the Black Mountain Institute and "The Believer," the former vocalist lifts her voice to advocate for literacy in Las Vegas.

Black Mountain Institute In The News

Fine Books & Collections
September 20, 2019

Las Vegas is home to more than glitzy casinos and pawn shops: the city can now claim a robust special collections program at nearby University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), thanks in part to a $5-million endowment recently established by alumna Beverly Rogers.

Daily Times
May 15, 2019

On a recent very warm Saturday afternoon, just a few blocks northeast of a string of ramshackle chapels offering Elvis-themed weddings on Las Vegas Boulevard, novelist Tommy Orange was discussing the critical reception given to “There There,” his polyphonic novel about contemporary Native Americans.

Las Vegas Sun
May 14, 2019

On a recent very warm Saturday afternoon, just a few blocks northeast of a string of ramshackle chapels offering Elvis-themed weddings on Las Vegas Boulevard, novelist Tommy Orange was discussing the critical reception given to “There There,” his polyphonic novel about contemporary Native Americans.

New York Times
May 13, 2019

On a recent very warm Saturday afternoon, just a few blocks northeast of a string of ramshackle chapels offering Elvis-themed weddings on Las Vegas Boulevard, the novelist Tommy Orange was discussing the critical reception given to “There There,” his polyphonic novel about contemporary Native Americans.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 13, 2018

As one of the city’s cultural ambassadors, Joshua Wolf Shenk knows exactly what he’s up against when trying to shape the public perception of Las Vegas into that of a bustling arts hub.

Desert Companion
September 6, 2018

Five local creatives — filmmaker, musician, performer, literary dynamo, illustrator — who are having a moment

Recent Black Mountain Institute Accomplishments

September 20, 2019
Lillehammer Allen (BMI) and Susanna Newbury (Art) sat down to write about land art, mariscos, and Las Vegas for Nevada Humanities' Double Down blog. The essay, Double Down's first bilingual entry, looks at alums Justin Favela, '14 BA Art, and Mikayla Whitmore's, '10 BFA Art, tongue-in-cheek installation of a sculpture called Seven Magic Tires in...
September 16, 2019
Joe Milan, Jr. (English and Black Mountain Institute) won the prestigious David K. Wong Fellowship, "a unique and generous annual award to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about East and Southeast Asia to spend a year in the UK at the University of East Anglia in Norwich." The fellowship commences in October. Milan is among...
August 1, 2019
Black Mountain Institute (Liberal Arts) recently sold out of its Spring 2019 "Disarm"-themed issue of Witness magazine. Included in the issue are the winners and runners-up of the inaugural Witness Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry, chosen by judges Lesley Nneka Arimah and Hanif Abdurraqib.    
June 19, 2018
Kate Shapiro (English) and Joe Milan Jr. (English and Black Mountain Institute), along with alumni Olufunke Ogundimu, '18 MFA Creative Writing, and Ernie Wang, '16 MFA Creative Writing, recently have won prestigious national and international awards for their fiction. Shapiro, a master's student in the English department's creative writing...
November 14, 2017
David Morris (English) is the author of the book The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,  which this month was recognized by The New York Times as "What to read in the face of trauma." According to the Times, "Morris, a former Marine who suffered from PTSD on his return from Iraq, traces the historical understanding of the...
October 1, 2014
Olivia Clare (Black Mountain Institute) has received a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. The awards are given annually to six women who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their writing careers. Each recipient is awarded $30,000. The Rona Jaffe awards program is the only national literary awards program of its kind...