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What We Do

BMI is an international literary center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We bring writers—and the literary imagination—into the heart of public life through live experiences, fellowships, innovative media, and literary activism.

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As we take time to nurture core programs at BMI, we are also looking forward to the future. We created this initial survey and invite your voices, ideas, and thoughts.

Are you currently a graduate student or recent alum (0 – 5 years since graduation) from UNLV’s Creative Writing International Program, living in Las Vegas? Do you have a great idea for an accessible event or program that would serve audiences in Las Vegas, on- or off-campus? We’d like to hear from you. (BMI x UNLV Community Projects Query Form closes 11/15)


Throughout the academic year, BMI offers readings, conversations, and public programs that are free and open to all. Click below for a full list of our upcoming events.

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BMI invites writers to apply for competitive residential fellowships, which offer generous support. Fellows engage with the community in ways tailored to their individual interests and projects.

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Current Residents

City of Asylum Fellow
Maryam Ala Amjadi Bio
Shearing Fellow
Edgar Gomez Bio
Shearing Fellow
Morgan Thomas Bio
Shearing Fellow
Tajja Isen Bio

City of Asylum

City of Asylum provides safe haven to writers who have been persecuted for their literary work so that they may live and write freely without censorship, risk of imprisonment, or threats against their lives. COA fellows join a thriving and diverse community of writers and receive foundational support, including a salary, housing, immigration support services and plenty of time to write. BMI currently has COA fellows: Ahmed Naji and Fakhria Rasikh.

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BMI is home to a variety of independent, innovative media, including Rainmaker Editions, Witness, and Interim.

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With its home on the most diverse university campus in the U.S., BMI draws students and faculty into all aspects of our programs, and supports the next generation of literary arts leaders through graduate fellowships and assistantships. We closely partner with the Creative Writing International Program at UNLV, whose graduates include Alissa Nutting and Vu Tran. In addition to its unique experiential learning opportunities, BMI provides travel scholarships and support to student-run literary projects.

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