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Jessie Davis

Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Actor, Filmmaker, Writer

Jessie Davis' first love is creating. He is a songwriter and filmmaker (feature film and television.) He is an actor and speaker. Davis first started singing in high school, singing cover tunes.

Beverly deGero

Location: Jarbidge, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Clay Artist

Artist Profile: Beverly deGero

James D. Dilworth

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Director, Filmmaker, Writer
Specialization: Teaching writer director filmmaker

James D. Dilworth has been involved in creative endeavors throughout his life and is an award-winning artist, writer, filmmaker, and performer.

Salve Vargas Edelman

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Producer, Singer, Writer
Specialization: Cultural and Performing Arts

Salve Vargas Edelman
Executive Producer, TV Show Host, International Performing Artist, Emcee
8550 West Desert Inn Road, Suite 102-305, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Marcia Friedman

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Designer, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Mixed media artist, screenplay writer, fashion designer

As a cutting-edge fashion designer featured in leading magazines and newspapers such as: Vogue, Bazaar, W, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, New York Times Magazine, Miami Herald, and the LA Times to mention a few, segueing into photography was a natural progression for Marcia Friedman's cre

Josh Galarza

Location: Minden, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Essayist, Workshop Instructor

Novelist and personal essayist Josh Galarza holds primary and lower-elementary teaching credentials from the North American Montessori Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and has written four curriculum manuals on cultural subjects used in Montessori schools throughout the world.

Cindie Geddes

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Journalist, Workshop Instructor

Cindie Geddes has lived in Nevada since she was old enough to catch lizards. Through a long circuitous route, that same interest in desert wildlife took her to the University of Nevada, Reno, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and minors in English and Biology.

Kent Jackman

Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Category: Director, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Acting/Directing

Kent Jackman is a graduate of Howard University with more than 30 years of drama teaching experience.

Jocelyn Kelly

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Short Story Writer & Publisher

A graduate of the intensive six-week Science Fiction and Fantasy program, Clarion West, Kelly's short stories and poems have appeared in Evergreen Review, Forge Journal, Cadillac Cicatrix, Willard & Maple, Sanskrit, Dos Passos Review, Louisiana Review and Red Wheelbarrow.

Carrie Lahain

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Workshop Instructor

Carrie Ann Lahain moved to Las Vegas from Long Island in 2003. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and went on to earn an M.A. from Rutgers.

Krista Lukas

Location: Minden, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Poet, Workshop Instructor

Krista Lukas (formerly Krista Benjamin) was born in Truckee, California, and grew up at Lake Tahoe. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, and did the coursework for her K-12 teaching credentials at Sierra Nevada College.

Mark Maynard

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Comedian, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Workshop Leader, Editor

Mark Maynard grew up on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV, a very small town that blessed him with enough quirky characters from an early age to populate a lifetime of stories.

Nancy Harris McLelland

Location: Tuscarora, Nevada
Category: Poet, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: writing coach

An Elko, Nevada native with a background in ranching, Nancy Harris McLelland has conducted writing workshops in collaboration with the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Great Basin College, and the Great Basin Writing Project.

Tracy McQuay

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Literary Arts

Licensed master teacher Tracy McQuay has taught elementary school in the Carson City School District for 20 years.

Brandy M. Miller

Location: Elko, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Writing Coach

President of the Elko County Art Club & co-founder of Elko County Writers, Brandy M. Miller is a graphic designer by trade, a published author, and a painter who loves working with acrylics.

Matthew O'Brien

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, Workshop Instructor

Matthew O’Brien is an author and journalist who’s lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, chronicles his adventures in the city’s underground flood channels.

Janice Oberding

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Writer

Janice Oberding is the author of over 12 books.

Ann Marie Pereth

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Director, Teaching Artist, Writer

Ann Marie Pereth believes strongly in the communal power of great stories, dramatic ideas, and the sincere engagement that audiences find in challenging theatrical events.

Robert Leonard Reid

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Creative Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter, Workshop Instructor

Robert Leonard Reid is the author of three memoirs and some 100 magazine articles and essays. Arctic Circle, his latest book, is a meditation on the North, inspired by his journeys to northern Alaska and Yukon on the trail of the Porcupine caribou herd.

Paula Riley

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Photographer, Writer
Specialization: Author, freelance writer-photog

Author of "Atheist in Church--on Heaven and Other Mysteries" and "Postcards from Planet Eldercare--the Final Frontier," both personal narratives.

Gregory Robinson

Location: Henderson, Nevada
Category: Poet, Visual Artist, Writer
Specialization: Experimental Writer

Gregory Robinson is the Chair of the Humanities Department at Nevada State College (NSC). His academic and creative work focuses on the intersections of image and text, especially as it relates to silent movies. He lives in Boulder City with his wife Joan and his dog, BinBin.

Ben Rogers

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction/Nonfiction Writer, Journalist, Workshop Instructor

Ben Rogers was born in Carson City in 1977 and now lives in Reno with his wife and two daughters. His debut novel, The Flamer, was published by Aqueous Books in 2012.

Gretchen Skivington

Location: Spring Creek, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Oral Historian, Fiction Writer, Workshop Instructor

Gretchen Holbert Skivington has a M.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in Spanish/Basque/French.

Ralph Stalter, Jr

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Actor, Producer, Writer
Specialization: Consultant in the Arts and Social Entrepreneurship

Ralph Stalter, Jr., is a “Cultural Provocateur” with more than 40 years of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Service. His strength is in collaborating with leaders of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations – whether they serve on the Board, executive management group, or the creative team – to establish trust and consensus building, collaborative work habits, use of innovation and creativity to solve problems, the capacity to imagine change and the willingness to work for it.
As a recommended consultant with the Nevada Arts Council, local arts agencies, municipal entities and other nonprofit organizations can apply for funding to engage Ralph to address specific issues and/or challenges, such as: Cultural Planning, Board Development, Program Development and Strategic Planning.

Brad Summerhill

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Essayist, Workshop Instructor

Brad Summerhill is the author of the novel Gambler’s Quartet (Virginia Avenue Press 2010). His short stories have appeared in Red Rock Review, The Nevada Review, Aethlon, South Dakota Review, Reno News & Review and elsewhere.