Top Poetry Events In Las Vegas

April 1, 2013 6:00 AM

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Even though it is known as Sin City, Southern Nevada encompasses a big poetry scene. Various groups meet at coffeehouses, art galleries, cafes, community centers and the University of Nevada Las Vegas to express themselves through the spoken word. Many readings also combine music and art with poetry to showcase many expressions of creativity. Most events are free and open to the public to participate, either by reading or listening.

Neon Lit Reading Series
The Arts Factory in the Trifecta Gallery
107 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 383-3133

Date: 4th Friday of the month

Created in 2009, the Neon Lit Reading Series features different writers either currently enrolled or graduates from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Masters of Fine Arts and Ph.D. programs. These graduates read their original works of poetry or prose. The student body of UNLV and other guests also participate. A food and cash bar are available during the readings.

The Poets’ Corner
West Las Vegas Arts Center
947 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 229-4800

Date: 3rd Friday of the month

Presented in an open-mic format, everyone is invited to participant in The Poets’ Corner, presented by the Cultural Affairs Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services. Guests can sign up to read their own works or listen to others. According to host Keith Brantley, the event was created at the center to promote literacy through the arts, with a special emphasis on reaching youth. Time limits are imposed, subject matter can be adult in nature but there is no censorship.

The Las Vegas Poets Organization
618 S. 7th St, Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89101

The Las Vegas Poets Organization has a collaboration of various poetry venues and hosts to promote its latest poetry events. Members include Jorge Lara, Editor in Chief of VIMMAG: Vegas Poetry + Culture and VIVA Vegas Poets Anthology. Jeffrey Bennington Grindley is co-host of the Human Experience at the Beat Coffeehouse and Emergency Arts. R.J. Reynolds is the co-founder of Talky Trees with readings in the Arts Factory held at the Bar + Bistro. Megan Milligan is the co-host of Word-Up Poetry Reading held at the Freakin’ Frog located across from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas Slam held at Yayo Taco promotes art of spoken word and performance poetry.

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Painters and Poets Jam
Bar + Bistro in the Arts Factory
107 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Date: Every Saturday

Painters and Poets Jam, hosted by Born and Raised Productions, provides a platform for the arts culture, including spoken word and poetry, and produces shows every Saturday night. Its platform combines live music with improvised poetry while artists paint on canvas to the music and poetry. The event is held inside during colder months and when the weather warms up, the show will be held on the patio of Bar + Bistro under the stars. Food and drinks are also available for purchase.

The Coffee House
117 S. Water St.
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 752-3199

Date: Every Tuesday

The Coffee House, located in downtown Henderson, offers its poetry night entitled Provoke Infusion…Poetry/Open Microphone every Tuesday. Friday is open-mic night allowing musicians and poets to express themselves. A light menu is offered along with coffee, tea and espresso. Surrounded by comfortable seats, concrete floors, tables, Wi-Fi, street-facing windows and art by local artists hung on the wall, people read in the center of the independent and intimate café with seating outside during warmer weather.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on

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