LETISIA CRUZ & HEATHER LANG
When you think of Las Vegas, what comes to mind? Neon lights. Cirque du Soleil. Slot machines. Card tables. The scantily clad. Sin City. Are we right? Before Co-Editor Heather Lang moved to Las Vegas, these were many of the images that came to mind for us, as well. We’re willing to make a bet: unless you live in Nevada, you might not know much about Las Vegas’ vibrant literary scene.
The town isn’t just home to UNLV’s Creative Writing programs. Nevada State College's Office of Arts & Culture has partnered with Clark County to offer a Poetry Reading Series. Moreover, there are a number of literary journals based in Las Vegas, such as Red Rock Review, Witness, 300 Days of Sun, Citron, and Helen: A Literary Magazine. The Desert Companion, Nevada’s NPR sister publication, hosts Wednesday Poems on their blog, and KNPR invites poets to speak on their State of Nevada radio program, too. Have you heard of the Writer’s Block? It’s one of our favorite independent bookshops, and they host classes for young adults and readings for all ages. The Las Vegas Poets Organization hosts Pop-Up Poetry events at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery. If you’re into spoken-word, you might be interested in the Battle Born Slam events. If you’re enamored with conceptual projects, check out Andrew Kiraly’s TXTOBJX. And, just last Saturday, Co-Editor Heather attended a workshop on humor poetry by Andrew Hall, a part of a series curated by the Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson. Oh, and we can't forget the Vegas Valley Book Festival! We could go on.
Viva Vegas Lit!
We understand the importance of place to many writers. From The Strip to Mount Charleston, the Stratosphere to the Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegans are no different. They, too, are inspired by their home.
To celebrate writers and their places, ISSUE 36 of Petite Hound Press focuses on both visual and conjectural representations of land, and the varied journeys that we embark on in search of our own boundaries. ISSUE 36 features poetry by Las Vegas’ own Gregory Robinson as paired with art by Petite Hound Press Resident Artist Letisia Cruz.
POET Gregory Robinson lives in Boulder City, Nevada with his wife Joan and his dog BinBin. He is currently Chair of the Humanities Department at Nevada State College. When he is not writing, he is hiking around the desert or (of course) watching movies.
RESIDENT ARTIST Letisia Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and illustrator. She is enthralled by nature and the acute connection to form associated with ink illustration. Her visual vocabulary emerges through this focus and subsequently explores the connection between man and nature. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and currently lives in Miami, FL. She serves as an Online Poetry TLR SHARE Editor at The Literary Review. Her writing and artwork have appeared in Gulf Stream, Moko Caribbean Arts and Letters, BODY Literature, The Scrambler, and Ink Brick.