SD Poets You Should Know: Brandyn Johnson

Brandyn Johnson teaches at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, and he writes touching, understated poems about his family—he has several particular affecting poems about his brother in his chapbook in Four Quarters to a Section, published by the SDSPS in 2015. I particularly like this poem of his, from The Puritan: GARBAGE When you …

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June Happenings

Check out poetry-related happenings around the state this month: June 24 Black Hills Indigenous Writers Festival What: Poets include Layli Long Soldier, Mary Black Bonnet, Mabel Picotte, Tom Swift Bird and Brandis Knudson. Mary Black Bonnet will also be giving writing workshops the Thursday and Friday before — check out the details on the flyer …

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Hope in a Cardboard Box: The Writing Practice

When I was younger, I only ever wrote when inspiration struck. I typically wrote poetry or song lyrics (song lyrics included a melody in my head and usually included more repetition and yeahs). My notebook would collect dust between emotional outpourings. And the first page often read something kind yet firm “If you are picking …

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March Happenings

  March is here, and that means spring is just around the corner. Let the lengthening days and fresh outside air reinvigorate your senses and creativity. And get out there and explore these events of interest to poets, readers and writers coming up in the next month or two: February 27 A Reader Writes What: Pen …

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