PRAISE FOR LANG-CASSERA'S CHAPBOOK
"Heather Lang Cassera delivers the story of a lifetime through poetry," writes Leslie Ventura with the Las Vegas Weekly
"With the skill of a fiction writer and the heart of a songwriter," writes Emily Hoover at the Arizona Daily Sun
Heather Lang-Cassera was recently named Clark County, Nevada's third Poet Laureate. She was also named Las Vegas' Best Local Writer or Poet by the readers of the Desert Companion, Nevada's NPR-member radio station's print publication, in 2017. Her poetry has been published by or is forthcoming in december, Citron, HOOT, Jelly Bucket, The Normal School, North American Review, Paper Darts, Pleiades, and Whiskey Island among other publications. Her full-length poetry manuscript was named a finalist in Subito Press' 2016 Poetry Contest, and her chapbook manuscripts have been named finalists in Paper Nautilus' 2019 Vela Chapbook Contest, Diode Editions' 2016 competition, and Tupelo Press' 2014 Snowbound Chapbook contest, among others. Her poetry and writing process has been featured at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, and she was awarded the Murphy Writing of Stockton University Scholarship for their Spain 2015 program. In 2016, Heather has been thrice interviewed by Nevada's NPR station.
As an editor, in 2017, Heather curated Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the arts. Heather also serves as World Literature Editor for The Literary Review and the Co-Publisher of Tolsun Books. Heather served as an AWP16 moderator/panelist for "One By One: Editors Explore Single-Story & Single-Poem Issues" and was an AWP17 nonfiction panelist with "No, YOU Tell It! True-Life Tales with a Twist."
Essays by Heather have appeared at Berfrois, KNPR's Desert Companion, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and elsewhere. Reviews & interviews have been published with Diode, HTMLGIANT, The Volta Blog, and elsewhere.
In addition to her literary endeavors, Heather teaches Introduction to Creative Writing, Modern American Poetry, World Literature II, and more at Nevada State College where she also serves as Faculty Advisor for the student club, the Blue Sage Writer's Guild, and their literary magazine, 300 Days of Sun, as well as a member of the Arts and Culture Council.
Heather earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Poetry with a Graduate Certificate in Literary Translation studying under writers she admires, such as Renee Ashley, H. L. Hix, Kathleen Graber, David Daniel, Minna Proctor, and others. Prior to that, she triple majored in English, East Asian Languages & Literature - Chinese, and East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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