April 18, 2017

Notes from the Field: Black Mountain Institute

WHO: Michael Ursell, Development Associate and Special Events Coordinator, Black Mountain Institute

WHAT:  The Black Mountain Institute (BMI) is a nationally-renowned international literary center at UNLV. In addition to having fellowships for writers of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, the institute hosts readings and literary events for Southern Nevada community. BMI also manages a U.S. City of Asylum program which offers refuge, community, and career support to distinguished literary writers in exile. BMI is also the home of The Believer magazine, an award-winning influential publication in the literary world.

WHY: Black Mountain Institute’s mission is to bring writers into the heart of public life and help foster the literary arts in Southern Nevada. Within the Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) regional plan, creating a sense community through arts and culture is a suggested strategy. BMI has the potential to increase the reputation and profile of UNLV and attract more investment and talent to the region.

NEXT: SNS staff will continue to engage BMI to assist with program development and encourage art as a way to create community pride. The institute may be an avenue for the community to recruit thought leaders and artists for future events.


“Notes From the Field” is a real-time blog written by our SNS manager that shares notes from meetings with community partners and stakeholders on how they contribute to the progress of the plan. This is an opportunity to follow along on the valley’s progress and receive relevant news on housing, transportation, healthcare, and employment projects.