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My Dream Job

When I was a kid and people asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I never really knew how to answer. It was the 1960’s and in spite of the Women’s Liberation Movement that was just starting to make the news, I thought that my options were: nurse, teacher, or …

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30 Quick Writes

November is NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month). It began in 1999 as a way of encouraging authors to write a certain number of words on their novel every day. Undoubtedly, it has resulted in the publication of novels that would not have been written otherwise, and that’s a good thing. I adapted that idea to …

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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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An Interview with South Dakota Poet Laureate Lee Ann Roripaugh

Conducted by Linda Russo: In April of last year, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the work and person of Lee Ann Roripaugh. We were reading our poetry as participants in “Poetry of the Plains, High Desert, and Prairie,” a panel at the AWP conference in Minneapolis. Lee was seated to my right, …

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January Happenings

Beat the South Dakota winter by taking part in poetry, art and literary happenings around the state. Here are a few things coming up this month that we know about: January 12 Great Faces  What: Juried visual and literary arts show sponsored by Arts Night @ The Pub Where: Dempsey’s Pub • 127 N. Broadway, Watertown …

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2016 Annual Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Warm thanks to all who entered our 2016 Annual Poetry Contest. Congratulations to the following poets, as selected by judge Jodilyn Andrews: South Dakota Portrait First – “Eddie Little Sky Retells His Ancestors’ Story” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX Second – “Drumming Circle” by Marsha Mittman, Spearfish, SD Third – “Our Rite of Spring” by Norma …

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