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Poets Laureate Reading

  • The Writer's Block 519 South 6th Street Las Vegas, NV, 89101 United States (map)

A reading featuring outgoing Clark County poet laureate Vogue Robinson and incoming laureate Heather Lang-Cassera.

Clark County’s new poet laureate, Heather Lang-Cassera, will celebrate the first day of her two-year term Saturday, June 1st with the outgoing poet laureate, Vogue Robinson, in a dual reading.

The Clark County Poet Laureate’s mission is to promote poetry as an art form and a medium for inspirational public commentary. The two-year position was established by the Clark County Commission.

Heather Lang-Cassera holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry with a Graduate Certificate in Literary Translation. In 2017, she was named Las Vegas’s “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, is available through Zeitgeist-Press. In addition, 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, she 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.

Vogue Robinson was named Clark County’s second poet laureate in 2017. She serves as executive director of Poetry Promise, a nonprofit that develops community-based programs to promote poetry in Clark County, Nevada. Her work has been published in Clark, Red Rock Review, and Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women.

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