Las Vegas Voice Alumni Artists

The Las Vegas Voice is a monthly showcase featuring authors, singers, poets, comics and storytellers. Sponsored by Imbrifex Books and Grouchy John’s Coffee, The Vegas Voice is held the third Friday of each month between 5pm and 6pm at the offices of Spread the Word Nevada located at 1065 American Pacific Dr #160, Henderson, NV 89074. (Gibson and America Pacific).

Presenting Artists in November 2019:

Harry Fagel
Ruth Mormon
Tonya Todd
Thierrion Kagan
Oksana Marafioti

Oksana Marafioti is an award-winning American writer of Armenian-Romani descent. Her memoir, American Gypsy, was published in 2012 by FSG, and translated into Czech in 2019. She has published essays and stories in Time, Slate, The Rumpus, Pilgrimage, storySouth, and several anthologies, including Immigrant Voices (Penguin Books, 2015). Oksana is the recipient of the Library of Congress Kluge Center Fellowship (2013), and of the upcoming Picador Guest Professorship for Literature Award at the University of Leipzig, Germany (2020). She teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Facebook and YouTube Video

Thierrion Kagan was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. Socially phobic most of his life, he didn’t begin doing comedy until his early 40s. He has performed at the Comedy Store, Improv, and several other clubs and shows in the Los Angeles area. He has performed locally at the LA Comedy Club inside the Stratosphere. Las Vegas has been a second home to him for the last 25 years, and he is currently moving to the area. White. Male. Heterosexual. And sorry for none of it. Facebook and YouTube Video

Tonya Todd is an author and actress, who serves as Henderson Writers Group’s Education Chair. She’s a reader for BMI’s Witness magazine and is currently staffing the 2020 Las Vegas Writer’s Conference. Tonya coordinates Dime Grinds, a monthly author meet and greet, at the West Charleston Grouchy John’s. Her work is featured in NPR’s Desert Companion magazine and Tales from the Silver State IV. To learn more about Tonya, visit her website and follow her on social media @mstonyatodd. Facebook and YouTube Video

Although Ruth Mormon was born and raised in lush green upstate New York and chose to start her teaching career on Long Island so she could live and work minutes away from the beach, the stark, powerful beauty of the Nevada desert stole her heart and holds it to this day. After 43 years in education, Ruth retired and is filling her days travelling, spending time with friends, exploring new interests and volunteering. She now devotes her time and applies the skills she learned as a librarian working with books to help foster literacy through Spread the Word Nevada where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2019. She may not know the words to the state song, “Home Means Nevada,” but she understands its meaning. Facebook and YouTube Video

Harry Fagel is a native Las Vegan who served the community for 25 years as a police officer, retiring at the rank of Captain. He has been writing poetry at least as long, and has been honored to participate in a plethora of artistic endeavors within and outside of Clark County. With 2 poetry books published by Zeitgeist Press, a chap book, CD, and many anthology inclusions Harry remains an avid supporter of the Vegas cultural scene. He has also been honored to write many tributes for many people, and still writes and performs poetry regularly. He loves his wife and kids more than anything. Facebook and YouTube Video


Vogue Robinson

Vogue Robinson is a poet, author, and teacher and host of the Las Vegas Voice. Robinson’s first full-length publication, “Vogue 3:16,” was published in 2014 by Wrags Ink. Named Clark County Nevada’s second poet laureate in 2017, Robinson’s writing is known to be largely narrative and conversational. She continues educating others as a teaching artist in local schools and nonprofits in the Vegas Valley. Today Robinson serves as the executive director of Poetry Promise Inc. developing community-based programs to promote poetry and literary arts in the Clark County area. Facebook
YouTube Video November 15th