Everyone is invited to enjoy two free poetry events in downtown Las Vegas that lead up to the Vegas Valley Book Festival this fall.
The first is the Vegas Valley Poetry Celebration, a celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word with special guest Gretchen Henderson, to be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Widely acclaimed for her work with new media and poetry, Henderson works across genres and the arts. Participants also will hear a wide range of work from Las Vegas poets Mick Axelrod, Shaun Christensen, Jamison Crabtree, Ali Eteraz, Harry Fagel, Dana Killmeyer, Shaun Leonard, Tara Phillips, Joan Robinson and Vogue Robinson. It all takes place at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. Admission is free and open to the public. Call (702) 229-3515 for more information.
On Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., join an exciting Las Vegas haiku presentation and cyber poetry T-shirt giveaway at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Art Square, located at 1017 S. First St., Suite 190. During this First Friday event in the Arts District, cyber poets Gretchen Henderson, Dana Killmeyer, Joan Robinson, Shaun Christensen, Jamison Crabtree, and Harry Fagel will present their works. The T-shirt, designed by artist Yobana Graciano, was created incorporating unique QR codes that can be scanned into smart phones and go directly to poems created for this event, presented in audio, video, and text. T-shirts will be available while supplies last. For more information, call (702) 800-4670.
Scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 2, the Vegas Valley Book Festival will bring together more literary and cultural programs than ever before. The festival is expected to feature more than 100 authors and events, with special sections for adults, children, young adults and comic book aficionados. Enjoy panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Most events and activities are free and open to the public and will take place at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., and Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. This festival is supported by public funding for the arts through the Ne¬vada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endow¬ment for the Arts. The Vegas Valley Book Festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Las Vegas chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design; Barnes & Noble; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. For details on festival and pre-festival events, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org.