Aug. 23 Lit Salon Features Poet

ToolsLas Vegas Literary Salon will feature poet Kathleen Lujan and her new chapbook of poetry, Puddles of Years, Sunday, Aug. 23, 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. Get the Zoom link here. Lujan has carried her passion for the written word with her from childhood. It was where she focused her education and career trajectory. Read more about her here.

Thanks to the Las Vegas Arts Council and the Las Vegas NM Community Foundation we have a platform available to feature writers and talk about the art and craft of writing. A special thanks to Susie Tsyitee who hosts our Zoom events. Below is a video featuring Patti Romero and me – Las Vegas Literary Salon coordinators – talking about the concept in a broad sense and giving our thoughts on the premier event held in June.

What is Las Vegas Literary Salon? We want to encourage emerging, young, established, genre, literary, nontraditional, fiction, nonfiction, poetry – basically writers and writing across the spectrum. We will do this through workshops, events like the Zoom Writers Roundtable, tapping into the skills of experts in areas related to getting the book, essay, memoir, novel, whatever it is, from your brain to the page.

This is not for everyone. Some writers want solitude and choose not to network with other writers. I get that. But for those who do want to be part of a learning and networking community, come on board! And we want readers as well. You are important to the process. You consume our words and make them a part of your story from the time you start reading until you reach the end, and sometimes beyond. Along the way, we hope we’ve made you laugh or cry, pissed you off or lifted you up, perhaps even broadened your horizons.

5947-EERI-cvr.inddWhat’s next? We have scheduled Ray John de Aragon, a former Las Vegan and author of several books, for the Sept. 27 salon. He is a writer who uses careful research and stories to bring life to New Mexico’s deep and wide history, whether he is delving into fiction, writing nonfiction, or creating a melding of the two. De Aragon is prolific and dedicated, taking storytelling to the next level. He will be talking about his latest book, Eerie New Mexico, published by The History Press.

We have a lot of other ideas, and now we need bodies to help implement them and come up with more. Join us! Fill in the form below the video and let us know if you’re ready to join as an audience member or as a writer, or whether you need more information. Also consider donating to one or both of the organizations working through the pandemic to figure out ways to keep the arts alive and thriving!

Las Vegas Arts Council
Las Vegas NM Community Foundation

Patti and Sharon talk about LV Lit Salon #1

zoom_0 from Sharon Vander Meer on Vimeo.

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Sharon Vander Meer is an indie author of six books and two chap books of poetry. Check the BOOKS tab to find out more. Follow her at,, Amazon Author Central. Please like, share, or comment – or all three!

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