Wave In: A BMI Festival
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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 public readings and conversations, including an annual three-day roving festival, which feature some of the world’s most daring writers, artists, and thinkers of our time. We do hope you’ll join us for Wave In: A BMI Festival, May 5-7, 2022. Reserve your tickets today.

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Each semester, BMI invites writers to apply for competitive residential fellowships, which offer a generous honorarium and free housing in a vibrant, residential arts complex. Fellows engage with the community in ways tailored to their individual interests and projects.

Recent fellows include Hanif Abdurraqib, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Tayari Jones, Walter Kirn, and Claire Vaye Watkins.

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Current Residents

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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’s current City of Asylum writer is the Egyptian novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji.

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BMI is the home for a variety of independent, innovative media, including Witness, a multi-genre, student-run literary magazine.

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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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