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Three new fellows for BMI

The Black Mountain Institute has reloaded its roster of fellowshipping authors. Befitting its international leanings, one is a Syrian poet and translator, one has lived in and written unsparingly about Mongolia and the third will be familiar to many Las Vegas readers.

Matthew Davis wrote When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale after moving to that Asian country to teach English. As Mongolian culture changed radically, shifting into modernity, Davis plunged into alcoholism and erratic behavior, culminating in a vicious beating and hospitalization. From Syria, Abed Ismael is a scholar and poet (read him in English in Unbottoning the Violin) who is a guest of BMI’s City of Asylum program, which offers shelter to writers from oppressive nations, where their words might get them into trouble. Sally Denton — author of several books, including The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America — rounds out the list.

All three are recipients of Diana L. Bennett fellowships.