Scott Dickensheets, editor

Scott Dickensheets is the editor of Las Vegas CityLife, and of CityLife Books. For nearly eight years he edited the Las Vegas Weekly, and before that served variously as an editor and writer at the Las Vegas Sun and at Las Vegas Life magazine. Over the years he has written for Playboy, Esquire, Desert Companion and many other magazines and websites, some now defunct, others just funct. Among the topics he’s written about: the MGM fire, murder, Andre Agassi and the funny side of death. A forty-year resident of Southern Nevada, he lives on the edge of Henderson with his wife and sons.

Stephen Bates

Stephen Bates has taught in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV since 2006. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, American Heritage, Slate, and the Wilson Quarterly, where he is a contributing editor. He is the author of Battleground: One Mother’s Crusade, the Religious Right, and the Struggle for Our Schools and If No News, Send Rumors: Anecdotes of American Journalism. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he lives in Henderson with his family.

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Deborah Coonts

My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted.  These things I do know:  I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer.  I currently reside in Las Vegas, where my friends assure me I cannot get into too much trouble.  Silly people. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in the Lucky O’Toole Las Vegas Adventure series published by Forge Books and it’s sequel, Lucky Stiff.  The third, So Damn Lucky, will be on sale, February 28, 2012. 

Lynnette Curtis

Lynnette Curtis writes about social issues for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  Her most recent short fiction appeared in New South.

Danielle Kelly
Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received a BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kelly’s project-based fine art practice ranges from installation to performance, and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, and most recently the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s 2010 Time Based Arts Festival. Kelly is art critic at the Las Vegas Weekly and serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Neon Museum and Boneyard.

Jarrett Keene

Jarret Keene is a Las Vegas writer, editor and musician. His primitive nuclear doom metal band Dead Neon recently released its second full-length album Casinonomicon on Hex Records.

Andrew Kiraly

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Andrew Kiraly is the author of the novel Crit. His writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Yankee Pot Roast, as well as in anthologies by Manic D Press and University of Nevada Press. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently at work on another novel. 

Rick Lax

Rick Lax wrote the books Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas and Lawyer Boy: A Case Study on Growing Up. Lax enjoys playing Mafia (the party game, not the Facebook game), and hopes to turn Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit into a cult film before he dies. He currently writes for Las Vegas Weekly.

 Matthew O’Brien

Matthew O’Brien is an author and journalist who’s lived in Las Vegas since 1997. His first book, Beneath the Neon, chronicles his adventures in the city’s underground flood channels. His second book, My Week at the Blue Angel, is a creative-nonfiction collection set in off-the-beaten-path Vegas. He’s the founder of Shine a Light, a community project that provides housing, drug counseling, and other services to the people living in the drains. For more info on Matt and his books, visit

Steve Sebelius

Steve Sebelius is a political columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a job that caps more than 22 years in full-time journalism covering virtually every beat on daily and weekly newspapers, including a stint as an editor. A native of Huntington Beach, California, he graduated from Biola University in 1989. Since then, he’s worked for papers as various as Pomona Progress Bulletin, the Sacramento Union, the Las Vegas Sun and the Review-Journal. From 2005-2011 he edited Las Vegas CityLife, before returning to the R-J. He’s also a member of the prestigious I-Team of reporters at 8NewsNow, Las Vegas’s CBS affiliate.

Stacy J. Willis

Stacy J. Willis has worked as a writer and editor for publications including The Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Weekly and The Arizona Daily Star. Her work has also appeared in Time magazine and newspapers across the nation. Currently she is a writer at Vegas Seven magazine. She hails from a long line of cotton mill workers in Pell City, Alabama, and is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has lived in Las Vegas since 1998.

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