Friends of BMI

Nurture writers & support literary imagination 


Introducing the Friends of Black Mountain Institute 

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a haven for writers and readers, a place where the art of the written word galvanizes a community devoted to creative expression.

BMI needs your help to: stage moving live experiences, including an annual festival of arts and culture, which was called a "cultural milestone with a capital C" after its first appearance in 2017; publish magazines including The Believer, the nationally renowned and beloved literary magazine now made with care at UNLV; give a new generation of UNLV students the rare opportunity to hone their writing craft and work at major publications; provide asylum for writers from all over the world, who are censored, repressed or brought to peril in their home countries. Please consider becoming a friend of BMI by donating today.


“A place for writers who want to do something beautiful.”

Joshua Wolf Shenk  |  Executive Director, BMI and Editor-in-Chief of The Believer





You will receive:

  • Six issues of The Believer

  • Advance notice for BMI’s live events in Las Vegas so you can RSVP ahead of the crowd and claim your spot at live experiences, including the 2020 Believer Festival (April 30-May 2, 2020).



You will receive everything BMI's "sustainers" receive, including six issues of The Believer, plus:  



You will receive everything BMI's "believers" receive, plus:  

  • Invitations to private, intimate receptions and special events, including book clubs with distinguished authors.

  • VIP access to the annual Believer Festival in Las Vegas.

  • Two signed books per year.