Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Fiction. Within the pages of OFF BOULDER HIGHWAY—a hybrid work of poetry, memoir, and surrealistic prose—we encounter Vegas landmarks that act as characters, Reagan era disasters, the loss of a father. Jennifer Battisti—an '80s latchkey kid, now mother—transforms narrative into a pop-culture artifact filled with people as beautiful as they are broken, unexpected heroes like L.L. Cool J and Hulk Hogan, trauma, addiction, disaster, and ritualistic paths to redemption.
Jennifer Battisti is a Las Vegas native. She won :Best Local Writer" by the readers of the Desert Companion (2019). Her chapbook, Echo Bay, was released in 2018 (Tolsun Books). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from, Where We Live, an anthology of writing and graphic arts in response to the October 1 tragedy, Western Humanities Review, Slant, Thin Air Magazine, Coe Review, The Briar Cliff Review, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Desert Companion, Helen, A Literary Magazine, El Portal, Kissing Dynamite and elsewhere. Her poetry has been on exhibit in the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery and the Nevada State Collage program gallery. She is the co-director and a Teaching Artist for the Alzheimer's Poetry Project in Clark County. Author City: LAS VEGAS, NV USA