UNLV Black Mountain Institute Names Joshua Wolf Shenk New Director


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Joshua Wolf Shenk, 44, has been named the new executive director of UNLV's Black Mountain Institute.

Joshua Wolf Shenk is a best-selling author living in Southern California.

His latest book “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs,” believes the two-person collaboration is the essential creative act.

His book tries to make analytic sense of several creative partnerships including John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

But, Shenk is more than an author. He advices The Moth storytelling podcast, he has written for The New Republic, The Washington Monthly and The Atlantic.

And, later this summer, he'll add something else to his resume: executive director of UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute. Shenk, 44,  will succeed current director Carol Harter as head of the literary writing center.

Shenk's appointment concludes a two-year search

"We're going to solidify and grow BMI's role as a center where writers can create, teach, collaborate, and innovate, creating a vibrant community of world-changing ideas and literary

Shenk was recruted to lead BMI and its new programs that include a $50,000 literary prize. BMI's Literary Prize will be awarded for the first time next year.



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