Competitions and Contests for Poets and Spoken Word Artists in Las Vegas

Are you a poet or spoken word artist based in Las Vegas, NV? If so, you may be delighted to know that there are plenty of competitions and contests available to you. Celebrating 16 years of Nevada Poetry Out Loud, this program is a national arts education initiative that encourages the study of the best poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition in high schools across the country. The program follows a pyramidal structure that starts in the classroom, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition, then to a district and state competition, and finally to the national final in Washington, D. C.In addition to Poetry Out Loud, there are other opportunities for poets and spoken word artists in Las Vegas.

The International Library of Poetry (ILP) organizes annual or biannual poetry conferences for contest finalists in places such as Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Washington D. C. The ILP also holds competitions in which the winning poems are selected to be published in a printed poetic anthology. From 1976 to 1983, the winning poems were published in the College Poetry Review External series (Agoura, California).If you are interested in participating in any of these competitions or contests, you can register until the current contest deadline.

If the deadline is extended, you can register until the new contest deadline. As with all manuscripts, any identifying data will be removed from the manuscripts of the poets in need, so that they will be completely blind and will not be identified in any way as poets in need. However, if someone asks who received the free tickets, we will provide a list of all the poets who have received a free pass with their city of residence so that we can document that all the free passes have been granted. In addition to these contests, there are other opportunities for poets and spoken word artists in Las Vegas. For instance, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has been featured extensively in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review.

Born in Los Angeles, she earned her master's degree in Nonfiction from the University of Iowa and her master's degree in poetry from San Francisco State University. Another poet based out of Las Vegas is McLelland. He directs the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University and teaches at that school and at the California College of the Arts. He earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University and was born and raised in Romania where he wrote and translated poems. His poetry has been published or will soon be published in Georgia Review, New England Review, Southeast Review, Poetry Magazine and The Adroit Journal. Finally, if you are interested in purchasing printed poetic anthologies, you can purchase as many pages of the anthology as you want.

An advertisement for the only volume published in 1992 indicates that poets can purchase as many pages of the anthology as they desire.

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