When I attended the Red Line event to meet and listen to Nick Holmes talk about his experience discovering a new passion for writing poetry, it felt surreal. I felt like I was in L.A. or New York, somewhere where the arts are important and a part of the make-up of those places. It’s not that Reno doesn’t have an art museum, local theater or other forms of entertainment, but this felt intimate, special in the fact that I was able to speak directly with an artist in such a small setting. Also, Nick Holmes was amazing. I really enjoyed hearing about his story of how poetry came into his life. When I got the chance to talk to him one on one, I told him that I had written since I was a teen, but had never had the courage to put it out there and asked for his advice. He said”My advice to you is just f******* finish it!” Though it may seem like obvious advice, it is just what I needed to hear to squelch that critic inside of me and move forward. Shortly after that, I was inspired to take an on-line writing class to help me work towards just f******* finishing it! I really hope we have more events like this in Reno devoted to creativity and the arts.