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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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BMI Live

Throughout the academic year, BMI offers readings, conversations, and public programming.

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Fellowships

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

2022 – present
Fakhria Rasikh Bio
Shearing Fellow
Natasha Tarpley Bio
Shearing Fellow
Mary South Bio
Shearing Fellow
Alex Marzano-Lesnevich 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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Publishing

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

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BMI x UNLV

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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