Lit salon featured guest

Las Vegas Literary Salon

Ray John de Aragon 09-27-20 from Sharon Vander Meer on Vimeo.

Patti Romero and I began with a fully conceptualized Literary Salon, intending to launch in April with poetry readings by a published poet, educator and trainer. The event would have included a round table discussion about the craft of writing in general with a focus on poetry. We even had a small grant to launch the organization.

And then, COVID 19 hit. The virus crisis shot down our plans and for several weeks, we took a breather and regrouped. Susie Tsyitee from the Arts Council suggested we consider doing a Zoom literary salon using the Arts Council’s Zoom platform. Through this technology, and with thanks to the Las Vegas NM Community Foundation, many artists and their work have been introduced to a whole new audience.

Since our first event in June, we have featured eight writers. The September Visit With the Author featured Ray John de Aragon, a respected writer of New Mexico history, myth, legend, and lore. Watching his interview is a great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. His book, Eerie, New Mexico is now available at Paper Trail, 158 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, NM.

Our next event on Sunday, October 25, is a FREE poetry workshop featuring poet Carolyn Martin.

One of the questions readers predictably ask poets is “Where do you get your ideas?” The most common answer is anywhere and everywhere. But what does that mean specifically? In this lively workshop, Carolyn Martin will use her own poems as examples of concrete sources of inspiration. She will challenge participants with “homework assignments” for each source and send them searching for new poems in terrain they may not have traversed before.

From associate professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin has published poems in journals throughout North America, Australia, and the UK. Her fourth collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, was released by Unsolicited Press in 2019. She is currently the poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly: journal for global transformation. Find out more about Carolyn at More details about the workshop will be forthcoming. If you are interested in participating in this free poetry workshop, email In the SUBJECT line, type FREE POETRY WORKSHOP.

Upcoming in November

The Las Vegas Literary Nov. 22 event will feature Dennis Ditmanson talking about the Southwest History books for sale at Frankie Ann Tiques, 247 Plaza, Las Vegas, NM, and Nancy Colalillo talking about Paper Trail’s expansion into books. See her growing selection at 158 Bridge Street. Details to come

Our thanks to Mary Rose Henssler who has joined our planning team, and Susie, the host and techie behind our Zoom events. And the Las Vegas Arts Council for its commitment to bringing the arts to all of us, especially now, when we need what only art can provide. Las Vegas Community Foundation, a big thanks to you for funding Zoom, an important and much-needed resource.

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One Comment on “Lit salon featured guest

  1. Thanks Sharon for great coverage of our efforts and progress and future. Happy to be part of this dedicated and fun team. GO GO Las Vegas Literary Salon.

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