“A good story should take men, a lot of them at once. Sailors upended. Frenzy in a sinking boat.” With that dark, mischievous promise, Portland, Oregon-based Dena Rash Guzman begins Life Cycle—her first collection of poems. It’s another milestone in a journey that’s seen the Las Vegas native published in more than a dozen literary journals, including some in China, a journey that’s taken her to Shanghai, where she’s read her works onstage while wondering if she might be arrested for doing so; and it’s even taken her to Portlandia, where she enjoyed an extended cameo appearance. And soon, she’ll launch her own publishing house to make “little bastard books”—small-press collections of prose and poetry. There’s something wonderful about seeing a Vegas Kid achieving success by finding her voice as an author and editor, even if she had to do it somewhere else.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products