Caissa CasarezContributor (LGBTQA+, Race & Culture)

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Caissa Casarez has been a geek for most of their life. They first held a Nintendo controller at age two and grew up reading comics. They even got one of their drawings featured in a Simpsons/Futurama crossover when they were in middle school. Around the same time, Caissa found a new world online.

Later on, they turned a love of local news (yes, really) into a career after college. They drank a lot of coffee and met a lot of people, but their biggest connection was made online: Caissa met a Minnesota girl on a Twitter hashtag for people who work overnights in news, which doesn’t surprise anyone who knows either of the two. They quickly fell for each other’s kindness and geekiness.

Caissa now lives with their partner in St. Paul. After years in the television field, they now work to help kids of all ages learn to love reading at the St. Paul Public Library. Caissa also sings for and serves on the board of Calliope Women’s Chorus, based in the Twin Cities. As a proud nonbinary mixed Latinx queer person of color, they are passionate about making their world as intersectional and welcoming as it can be. They also take their coffee cold all year long.

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