Best Vegas Expatriate

Dena Rash Guzman



“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.

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