Heather Lang-Cassera is the 2019-2021 Clark County, Nevada Poet Laureate and was named Las Vegas’ 2017 “Best Local Writer or Poet” by the readers of Nevada Public Radio’s Desert Companion. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry with a Certificate in Literary Translation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her poems have been published by Cider Press Review, december, Diode, Lumina, The Normal School, North American Review, Paper Darts, Pleiades, South Dakota Review, Whiskey Island and many other publications. Her chapbook, I Was the Girl With The Moon-Shaped Face (Zeitgeist Press), is housed in the Poets House library in New York City. 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. Heather has recently been awarded Nevada Arts Council grants, a Murphy Writing of Stockton University Get Away to Spain scholarship, an Orcas Island Artsmith scholarship, among other honors and awards. Her poetry was also named a 2019 Paper Nautilus Vela Chapbook Contest Finalist, a 2016 Subito Press Poetry Prize Finalist, and a 2014 Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award Semi-Finalist. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize four times, and they have been on exhibit in the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Left of Center Art Gallery, and elsewhere. Heather serves as World Literature Editor for The Literary Review, an Editor for Tolsun Books, and a Poetry Editor for Witness. She 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." At Nevada State, Heather teaches College Success, Composition, Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate Fiction, World Literature II, Modern American Poetry, and more where she also serves as a faculty advisor for the student club, the Blue Sage Writer's Guild; a faculty advisor for their literary magazine, 300 Days of Sun; as well as a founding member of their Arts and Culture Council. Contact Heather.
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