On Sunday, Nov. 10, Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera will be hosting an immersive poetry experience in a rustic day lodge nestled among the picturesque ponderosa pines of Lee Canyon. This one-day retreat will include writing workshops, independent writing time, an open mic session, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and participants must RSVP with Lang-Cassera in advance through the contact information provided.
Poetry workshops will be led by Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera as well as award-winning poets Samuel Piccone and Flynn Dexter. Lang-Cassera will lead a generative writing workshop, "Folks & Flora: Writing Beyond the Nature Poem." Piccone will also be leading a workshop during which attendees will write poems, "Landscape as Mirror: Crafting the Poetry of Place." Dexter will lead the session "Poetry: Performance and Authenticity."
Heather Lang-Cassera, Clark County, Nevada's 2019-2021 Poet Laureate, holds an MFA in Poetry with a Certificate in Literary Translation. In 2017 she was named Las Vegas' Best Local Writer or Poet by the readers of KNPR's Desert Companion. Her poems have been published by december, Diode, The Normal School, North American Review, Pleiades, Red Rock Review, South Dakota Review, and many other literary journals, and have been on exhibit in the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Left of Center Gallery, and elsewhere. Lang-Cassera curated Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace, an anthology of literature by Nevada women, funded by the Nevada Arts Council, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her recent chapbook is titled I was the girl with the moon-shaped face. Lang-Cassera serves as World Literature Editor and book reviewer for Fairleigh Dickinson University's The Literary Review, Faculty Advisor for Nevada State College's 300 Days of Sun, and Editor-in-Chief for Tolsun Books. At Nevada State College, Lang-Cassera also teaches Composition, Creative Writing, World Literature, and more where she also serves on the NSC Arts and Culture Council.
Samuel Piccone is from Colorado. He is the author of Pupa, which was awarded Editors' Choice in the 2017 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize with Anhinga Press. He holds an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and an MA in writing and publishing from DePaul University. His poems have received awards from Grist's ProForma Contest, the North Carolina State Poetry Contest and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Contest. His work has received recognition and appeared or is forthcoming in several publications including, The Southeast Review, Passages North, Southern Indiana Review, Cutthroat, The Greensboro Review, The Mississippi Review, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, American Literary Review, Blue Mesa Review, Grist, and The Pinch. Currently, he serves on the poetry staff at Raleigh Review, and teaches at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nevada.
Flynn Dexter is a Las Vegas transplant with a background in theatre performance, education, and community development through hosting open mics, classes, and workshops. Their poetry centers around LGBTQ life, feminism, relationships, grief and loss, healing, and the love of authenticity that binds all humans.
Additional events hosted by the Clark County Poet Laurate include:
- Friday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m., Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Poetry Matters!
- Thursday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m., Green Valley Library, Poetry Nuts & Bolts Writing Workshop
- Saturday, Sept. 14, Reno, Nevada Humanities Literary Crawl
- Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Green Valley Library, Feature at Open Mic
- Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., West Charleston Library, Poet Laureate & Pals Open Mic
- Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Poetry Matters!
- Saturday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Clark County Wetlands Park, Re-Discovering Haiku: A Writing Workshop
- Thursday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m., Green Valley Library, Poetry Nuts & Bolts Writing Workshop
- Friday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m., Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, Calaveras Poetry Workshop
- Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, Calaveras Poetry Workshop
- Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Las Vegas Book Festival
- Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Poetry Matters!
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m., West Charleston Library, Poet Laureate & Pals Open Mic
- Thursday, Nov. 28, time & location TBD, A Party with Poetry
- Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., West Charleston Library, Poet Laureate & Pals Open Mic
- Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., UNLV Barrick Museum, Ekphrasis Workshop
- Wednesday, Dec. 25, time & location TBD, A Party with Poetry
Send all questions to Clark County, Nevada Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera at firstname.lastname@example.org.