Close up of Nevada Writers Hall of Fame medal and Silver Pen.

Willy Vlautin

2016 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee, 2007 Silver Pen Awardee


Willy Vlautin was born in Reno and became a guitar player and song writer while in his teens. He founded the alternative country band Richmond Fontaine in 1994, which has been well received in Europe and has produced studio albums, live recordings, and extended play recordings. He formed his second band, The Delines, in 2014 with vocalist Amy Boone, continuing in the role of song writer and guitarist. His spare writing style conveys bleakness in both his songs and novels as he portrays the realities of often invisible Americans. “The only thing you can do … is get up every morning and try to do a little bit better than you did the day before …”