Kirsten Casey


Kirsten Casey is the current Nevada County poet laureate, and an active California Poet in the Schools. Her poetry collection, Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body, published by Hip Pocket Press in 2012, is inspired by odd stories, remarkable words, and the mysteries of the human body. Her second book of poetry, (with the working title Instantaneous Obsolescence,) explores historical and literary characters struggling with social media.

In 2019, she taught high school workshops as part of the Academy of American Poets Laureate fellowship granted to Molly Fisk, to facilitate the poetry anthology, California Fire & Water, which responds to California’s climate crisis. She was a co-editor of the book, which includes one of her poems. Currently, she is an associate editor of the book Small, Bright Things, a collection of 100-word stories by teens, with local author and editor, Kim Culbertson. As laureate, she is writing poems celebrating local historical places, people and events. Also, she is holding community workshops to promote poetry and to make the process of its creation more accessible.

She has lived in Nevada City for 28 years with her husband, and has three children in their twenties, who patiently assist her with technology.

Keynote Address

A Constellation of Words: Incorporating Science Fiction in Poetry
Thursday, February 10th | 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Is poetry the right place for science fiction? Of course! Poetry promotes the concise use of imagery, selecting impactful words in a much shorter amount of space. (Space is limitless, but poems are not.) Poetry allows intense focus on a moment, memory, idea, emotion, place, or object, without the burden of world building, character development, and plot. Let’s have some poetic fun together working on the details that matter. (Not necessarily dark matter, but it is possible.) There will be group writing prompts to inspire all of the star gazers, with an emphasis on our mysterious, celestial wonders.

Poetry Critique Group Leader

Friday, February 11th | 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. | online (Zoom)