We have a lot to celebrate this month in the arts community. Congrats to Vogue Robinson, 30, on being named Clark County’s new poet laureate.
Robinson will assume her new leadership role for the County on June 1. She will succeed Bruce Isaacson in the two-year position. She will enjoy the freedom to bring her creativity and excitement for poetry and spoken word to the Las Vegas Valley arts scene. She talks about her vision in a recent Las Vegas Weekly article.
Robinson earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from San Diego State University. She student taught at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego before relocating to Las Vegas in 2013 where she began working with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Gear Up program tutoring students at K.O. Knudson Middle School in English and math. She became a serious poet in San Diego. Since moving to the valley, she has participated in poetry competitions. She has served as a member of and editor for the Battle Born Slam Team since 2013 and competed three times at the national level. She has organized other public readings, coached and taught student poets and writers, and served as a judge at youth poetry competitions.
This month we also recognize Ariel Horton, 18, on being chosen winner of the Poetry Promise Award competition. Her work is published in “Poetry from Clark County, Nevada.” The valley high school senior will begin classes at Whittier College in the fall. View her winning manuscript.
Outgoing Poet Laureate Bruce Issacson will host several events this month as his poet laureate term concludes. Look for these events:
—May 20, 7 p.m. at Writers Block (10th and Fremont Street): Reading by David Lehman and presentation of the Poetry Promise Award.
—May 21, 3 p.m. at Congregation Ner Tamid (Henderson): David Lehman’s talk “Dylan, the Nobel, and the Jewish American Songbook.”
—May 26 6:30 p.m. PublicUs (11th and Fremont Street): Poetry Promise Award Winner Reading plus farewell reading by Bruce Isaacson. Issacson’s “The Last Lie” will be available for purchase. Robinson will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.