Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera.
Heather 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.”
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.
“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.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.heatherlang.cassera.net.
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