Clark County's new poet laureate, Heather Lang-Cassera, will celebrate the first day of her two-year term Saturday June 1 with the outgoing poet laurate, Vogue Robinson, in a dual reading at 6 p.m. at The Writer's Block at 519 S. 6th Street.
"Vogue has incredible energy when she performs her poems," said Lang-Cassera. "It'll be a night to remember, and we are thrilled to be reading at the new Writer's Block location. I'm so grateful for this gorgeous, and community-centric, bookstore here in Vegas, one with such a beautifully curated poetry section." Robinson, who succeeded the first poet laurate, Bruce Isaacson, began her term June 1, 2017.
The new poet laureate holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry with a Graduate Certificate in Literary Translation. In 2017, she was named Las Vegas' "Best Local Writer or Poet" by the readers of KNPR's Desert Companion. Lang-Cassera's poems have been published by The Normal School, North American Review, Pleiades, Red Rock Review, South Dakota Review, and many other local and internationally renowned journals and have been on exhibit in the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, the Left of Center Art Gallery, and elsewhere. Her recent publication, I was the girl with a moon-shaped face, available through Zeitgeist-Press, received media attention from Las Vegas Weekly in an article, "Heather Lang Cassera Delivers the Story of a Lifetime Through Poetry."
Lang-Cassera curated Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace, an anthology of literature by Nevada women who give back to their local communities, funded by the Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. At Nevada State College, Lang-Cassera teaches Composition, Creative Writing, World Literature, and more and serves as a founding member of the NSC Arts & Culture Council. She serves as World Literature Editor for The Literary Review, Faculty Advisor for 300 Days of Sun, and Editor-in-Chief for Tolsun Books, all of which have championed exceptional work by Clark County poets among other emerging and established writers.