Guest Roll

Las Vegas Literary Salon tries to record every show, but technology sometimes gets away from us. When available, there is a link to videos.

May 23, 2021 – Dr. Alvin Korte. Watch his video here.

April 29, 2021The Las Vegas Literary Salon joined the rest of the country in celebrating the joy of poetry. at its first Poetry Open Mic Night on Zoom. You may view the video here.

Poets and readers included Las Vegas Poet Laureate Kayt Peck and the following:
Deb Blanche, Actress and Storyteller
David Pascale, Photographer
Beth Urech, Actress, Singer
Judith Vaughn, Writer
David Rogers, Project Manager, Poet
Viviana Rivera, Student Poet
Dominic Garcia, Student Poet
Anthony Lopez, Educator, Poet
Christian Lopez, Student Poet
Patti Romero, Author, Poet
Mary Rose Henssler, Author, Poet, Artist
Robert Henssler, Artist, Photographer, Poet
Sharon Vander Meer, Writer
Jesse Ehrenberg, Poet
Sylvia Ramos, Poet

April 25, 2021 – Jan Beurskens. Jan presented an insightful workshop about Dreams and Creativity. Check out the video here

March 28, 2021 – Jim Terr. A visit with writer, performer, satirical commentator, photographer… he does a little of everything. Check out Jim’s video at

Feb. 28, 2021 – Robert Henssler, Mary Rose Henssler, Susie Tsyitee, Sharon Vander Meer. The Get Lit with Las Vegas Literary Salon featured Bob talking about creativity and reading his poetry, Mary Rose gave helpful hints and writing hacks for those times you’re stuck for something to write, Susie talked about writing as an art form, and Sharon shared details about the call for submissions for an upcoming collection of poems, essays, and tales written by area writers. For video go here

Jan. 24, 2021 – Toby Smith, Crazy Fourth: How Jack Johnson Kept His Heavyweight Title and Put Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the Map. To watch a video of this event go to the Las Vegas Literary Salon YouTube Channel here.

Nov. 22, 2020 – Book Talk, Nancy Colalillo and Dennis Ditmanson
This lively discussion about books, new and old, featured two booksellers whose love for literature is contagious. Nancy is expanding the line of books available at Paper Trail (if she doesn’t have it, she’ll order it for you), and Dennis sells from his Books of the Southwest selection at Frankie Ann Tiques. Watch the LVLS video of their presentation here.

Oct. 25, 2020 – Carolyn Martin
Readers predictably ask poets, “Where do you get your ideas?” The most common answer is anywhere and everywhere. But what does that mean specifically? Carolyn Martin’s presentation used her own poems as examples of concrete sources of inspiration.

Sept. 27, 2020 – Ray John de Aragon
Ray John de Aragón 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. His latest book, Eerie New Mexico, is available from Paper Trail, 158 Bridge Street here in Las Vegas. Watch video here.

Aug. 23, 2020 – Kathleen Ljuan
Poet Kathleen Lujan has carried her passion for the written word with her from childhood. It was where she focused her education and career trajectory. Her book Puddles of Years, is available from the author at

July 27, 2020 – Vera Jo Bustos
Native Las Vegan and West Las Vegas High School grad Vera Jo Bustos is author of A Mindful Journey. The book is the compelling story of Vera Jo’s personal growth through athletics and emergence as a motivational speaker. Listen to her demo video here to put a zing in your step today.

Joy Alesdatter
Joy Alesdatter, poet, read from her collection of work in the first LVLS event, a Roundtable featuring four other authors.

Tim Hagaman
Historian Tim Hagaman, is employed by the New Mexico Department of Economic Development and has particular interests in historical reenactment, preservation and feature writing in history journals.

Beth Urech
Beth Urech is a regular columnist for the Las Vegas Optic, a performance artist specializing in the spoken word, singing, and acting.