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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Poetry @ the Contemporary Arts Center on Third Friday...

The Contemporary Arts Center will host their monthly poetry reading this Friday at the gallery featuring the students from UNLV and their friends. 

Friday, April 16th 2010  At 7:00pm
Enjoy the work of the amazing and talented MFA students from the University of Nevada's English Department. Food and Beverages will be available.
Join us at the CAC!

Support downtown's newest eatery and grab a bite to eat before the readings.  The Arts Factory's 
Bar & Bistro is introducing  "Bistro Friday Arts" on Fridays from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, featuring art, delicious bites and happy-hour drinks.  Regular dinner service is available that night from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Visit the Arts Factory's website for hours and more information.   http://www.theartsfactory.com/

Laura Breitenbeck lived in Michigan before she came to UNLV as a graduate student.  She enjoys casseroles, enormous Victorian novels, and comic books.

James Joseph Brown is an MFA candidate at UNLV and works as a Casino Dealer at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Previously, he has lived and worked as an ESL teacher in Spain, Russia, LithuaniaThailand, and Korea.  He has poetry forthcoming in Red Rock Review and fiction forthcoming in The Whistling Fire.  Please check out his website:  jamesjosephbrown.com

Maile Chapman is the author of Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto, forthcoming from Graywolf press in April 2010.  She received her MFA from Syracuse University, and is currently a Schaeffer Fellow in Fiction and PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as well as a local facilitator for Literature and MedicineHumanities at the Heart of Healthcare, a national hospital-based reading and discussion program for health care professionals.  More about her novel can be found at the Graywolf website: http://www.graywolfpress.org

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, much to his chagrin, but has recently moved to sunny Las Vegas and is in the 2nd year of his Master''s in Fine Arts in poetry at UNLV.  He is currently simultaneously loving and pulling his hair out over Stephane Mallarme, Paul Blackburn, and his critical essay .

Kathryn Kruse is currently a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing candidate at UNLV. Of late, besides organizing the Neon Lit Readings, she enjoys hiking in the desert and gaudy moments in Vegas. Previously she has enjoyed traveling around the world and looking at system change through public health models.

Juan Martinez is a doctoral candidate in literature at UNLV. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, McSweeney'sRedivider, West Branch, River Teeth, The Morning NewsThe Santa Monica Review, Sudden Fiction Latino, and elsewhere. Visit and say hi at http://fulmerford.com

Alissa Nutting is currently a Schaeffer Fellow in fiction at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her work has or will appear in journals such asTin House, Fence, BOMB, and others. Literary author Ben Marcus chose her short-story collection, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls for publication through Starcherone Books’ Prize for Innovative Fiction (forthcoming Fall 2010).

Jordan Reynolds  Originally from Sacramento, California, Jordan Reynolds' poetry and reviews has appeared in Pedestal Magazine, Interim, Prairie Margins, Connecticut River Review, zero ducats, Sacramento News & Review  and many other publications.  He is the author of the broadside "Wind Physics," (Rattlesnake Press) and is Assistant Poetry Editor for Narrative Magazine.

Shannon Salter is originally from Irvine, California and graduated from the University of San Francisco. Before coming to UNLV to work on her MFA in poetry, she spent a year teaching English in Japan. She loves the things of this world, especially food and nature and even people.

Christopher Seelie is a part-time sophist and writer of truths, lies, and misrepresentations. When asked what's your sign he replies "Pierrot."

Andrew Wessels has lived in HoustonLos Angeles, and Cambridge.  He currently splits his time between Istanbul and Las Vegas, where he is pursuing an MFA in poetry at UNLV.  He is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal The Offending Adam (http://www.theoffendingadam.com). Recently, he co-edited with Mark Irwin the anthology 13 Younger Contemporary American Poets (Proem Press).  He also writes the literary blog A Compulsive Reader (http://acompulsivereader.wordpress.com).  He is unsure how many books he has read in his lifetime.

Monica Zarazua born 1979 in Oscoda Michigan. She is an Aquarian and enjoys music from the Lowrider Oldies collection. She is soon to be published.

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