The main goal of Helen is to highlight local artists

Written by Brianna Soloski

Helen Stewart was the first lady of Las Vegas, a woman who cared deeply about reading and writing. It’s fitting, therefore, that the city’s first non-university affiliated literary journal, Helen, is named after her. Publisher Jocelyn Kelly feels the journal is proof of the city’s cultural maturity. “It’s when a city has this, it becomes culturally mature. Besides, the arts help a city thrive—not just socially, but financially. Vegas could use some thriving right now.”



Drawing by Teresa Maharaj, “Bitch I’m a Rock Star”

Helen adds a new facet of culture to a small but mighty cultural scene. “At the forefront, it adds hope and inspiration to those aspiring to a creative career. I especially feel this is true for women in the arts. I strongly feel Helen will help creative women in the valley rise up and make decisions that give them long lasting careers in the arts, especially as writers,” Kelly said. To help achieve that goal, Helen welcomes submissions by new writers. The experience of being published in a literary journal can help grow their career into something bigger, proving even the smallest start can lead to big things.
The main goal of Helen is to highlight local artists. The journal “seeks work that embodies the feeling of Vegas from a native perspective and not just someone with a passing knowledge of our great city. We especially love work that highlights a realistic perspective of hope and perseverance as we feel this has been an ongoing theme of Vegas since the days of Helen Stewart,” Kelly said.
To subscribe to the print or digital publication of Helen, go to