Black Mountain Institute at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
supports a series of initiatives that
promote humanistic and cross-
cultural dialogue, including public
readings and panel discussions,
degree programs in creative writing,
residential and faculty fellowships,
and literary publications.

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The spring 2016 events schedule will be posted in the next few months.

E.L. Doctorow (1931-2015)

Black Mountain Institute regrets the passing of a great American writer and a good friend, E.L. Doctorow. In 2009, Doctorow visited UNLV as the Elias Ghanem Chair in Creative Writing. You can view his reading here, with an introduction by Executive Director Carol C. Harter, who co-authored the book on E.L. Doctorow for Twayne's United States Authors Series.

Thank you!

In 2006, Carol Harter and Richard Wiley founded what is now the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. Since then, they have helped build BMI into the top-notch literary center this city and university deserve, and have put us on track for even greater things to come. Carol and Richard are retiring this month (in Carol's case, retiring again). Carol will continue to help guide BMI as Chair of the Advisory Board. Richard is returning to his native Tacoma to write and fish. Thank you, Carol and Richard!

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BMI Podcast

BMI's podcast features interviews with BMI officials and visitors, audio from BMI events and readings, and other sorts of related content. listen and subscribe »


An archived radio show sponsored by BMI and UNLV's College of Urban Affairs and hosted by Dina Titus, Nexus explored the links between campus and community, poetry and policy, fact and fiction, science and society, research and reality. listen »

Bennett Fellows Application

The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program at BMI offers up to three $60,000 stipends to outstanding writers who have published at least one critically acclaimed book.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2015, and the 2016-17 Fellows will be notified in March 2016.

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The BMI Fellowship in Humanistic Studies provides the opportunity for a senior scholar to spend an academic year at UNLV pursuing humanistic research, writing, and engaging with a vibrant community of intellectuals.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2015, and the 2016-17 Fellows will be notified in March 2016.

Joshua Wolf Shenk

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute is delighted to announce Joshua Wolf Shenk as our next Executive Director. Josh will succeed our retiring Executive Director, Carol Harter.

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