Clark County Poet Laureate

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Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera.

Heather Lang-Cassera portraitHeather Lang-Cassera became Clark County's third poet laureate in 2019.
The Poet Laureate program is subsidized by Clark County Public Art Fund and managed by the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center.

Lang-Cassera 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.”

cc-poet-laureate-logo-200pxLang-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.

“Poetry is a means for exploring the magnificent connections we have to each other and to this world,  including our brilliant Southern Nevada, which surrounds and embraces us. Poetry is in everyone, and everything is poetry, and when I really sit down to think about that, it takes my breath away,” said Lang-Cassera, “I am absolutely honored to be serving our Clark County community, a home which has given me so much.”

The Poet’s Guide: A Book Club
via video conference
2nd Fridays @ 6:30 PM
February through May
supplies are limited 
RSVP to 

Nevada Poets Online Open Mic
Bring a poem to read!
via video conference
2nd Mondays @ 7 PM
free & open to public

Poetry Matters! Reading Series
Witness poetry by Nevada poets!
via Nevada Humanities social media
1st Fridays @ 7 PM
September through December
free & open to public
No RSVP required

Poet Laureate Presents...
Watch Clark County poets on TV!
via Clark County TV (CCTV) Channel 4 or livestream daily
No RSVP required; just tune in

Read A Nevada Collaborative Poem
curated by Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera  
written by over 40 poets while
sheltering in place
published by Nevada Humanities 

Read October Zines!
curated by Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera
featuring 6-word poems
written by 36 Nevada poets 
Learn about Sandstone & Silver: An Anthology of Nevada Poets
edited by Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera
featuring 55 poets
published by Zeitgeist Press 

Heather Lang-Cassera would like to thank everyone who has adventured with her in the name of poetry during her first year as Clark County Poet Laureate.  From poetry among the pines on Mount Charleston,  to literary calaveras in Las Vegas, to spoken word at the mall in Henderson, to generative writing prompts in Overton, to the online open mic as we shelter in place--and so much more in so many places--it has been an absolute honor to gather together with amazing individuals and to collaborate with wonderful arts organizations to give back to our community.

Lang-Cassera hopes that community members will join these events by participating and/or volunteering. If you are interested in working with the new Clark County Poet Laureate, please contact her at,  or

Poet Laureate Local Poet Videos


Introducing Nevada's Newest Poet Laureates: Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera and Reno Poet Laureate Pan Pantoja

Poet Patricia Smith On Storytelling In A Controlled Space

Poet Michael McClure On The Senses And The Natural World

Two poems by Michael McClure

Poet-in-Chief: Clark County's First Poet Laureate
KNPR radio and Desert Home Companion magazine present Bruce Isaacson