Black Mountain Institute Brings Back Annual Festival

After a two-year hiatus, the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute (BMI) is bringing back its annual festival — reimagined with writers, thought leaders, and new programming for young readers and families.

WAVE IN: A BMI FESTIVAL is scheduled for May 5-7 at various locations in Las Vegas. Tickets and the complete program are available on the festival website.

Formerly known as The Believer Festival, the traveling three-day celebration of writing, music, film and visual arts returns after a pandemic hiatus featuring award-winning literary writers and provocative thinkers. The lineup includes essayist and feminist icon Roxane Gay, sociologist and poet Eve L. Ewing, and theorist Maggie Nelson.

The festival will explore the ripple effects of human impact on climate, indigenous liberation, the displacement of those seeking refuge, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

For the first time, special programming is dedicated to young readers and families. Community partners include the Discovery Children’s Museum and The Cupcake Girls.

There is a charge for the evenings, but discounts are available for UNLV and CCSD students. The festival will offer free programming for all ages.

The program is funded in part by support from the Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Black Mountain Institute

Since 2006, the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute has brought writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life, through live experiences, various scholarships, and award-winning publications. As the Literary Arts Institute of UNLV’s College of Liberal Arts, BMI created America’s first-ever City of Asylum program, welcoming writers in exile from their home countries. Learn more at:

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