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Sep 24 2017

Multicultural Poetry & Poetics with Lee Ann Roripaugh, SD Poet Laureate

South Dakota State Poet Laureate Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year, Year of the Snake and Beyond Heart Mountain. She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004 and winner of the National Poetry Series in 1998. Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.

Community Cultural Center, Brookings Arts Council
524 4th St
57006 Brookings, South Dakota
Sep 24 2017

Prose & Cons: Teaching Poetry in Prisons

Having traveled every continent except Antarctica, Lawrence J. Diggs has produced documentaries, written books and made presentations around the world. He founded The International Vinegar Museum in South Dakota, helped plan and build a Buddhist temple in San Francisco and designed and created a national emergency medical system in Burkina Faso, which earned him that country’s Medal of Honor with gold stars. Among other creative endeavors, Diggs teaches poetry in the state’s prisons, which led to the recent publication of Prose and Cons.

Community Cultural Center, Brookings Arts Council
524 4th St
57006 Brookings, South Dakota
Sep 24 2017

A Reading by Former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser

A two-time United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006), Ted Kooser is the author of 14 full-length collections of poetry, including Splitting An Order, Weather Central and Delights and Shadows, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. As Poet Laureate, he started the American Life in Poetry project “to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.” He writes in a variety of forms, including plays, fiction, personal essays and literary criticism, and he has published three children’s books, most recently The Bell in the Bridge.

Community Cultural Center, Brookings Arts Council
524 4th St
57006 Brookings, South Dakota
Sep 23 2017

Poetry & Autism: Helping Students Create

Brian Laidlaw is a poet-troubadour based in the Twin Cities. He has released the poetry collections Amoratorium and The Stuntman, each of which includes a companion album of original music; another full-length poetry collection called The Mirrormaker is forthcoming from Milkweed. Laidlaw continues to tour nationally and internationally as a folksinger, and is in the Creative Writing Ph.D. program at the University of Denver.

SDSU Student Union, Hobo Day Gallery & Campanile Room
Student Union Ln
57006 Brookings, South Dakota
Sep 16 2017

Red Hen Press at KGB Bar

Join Los Angeles-based, non-profit publisher Red Hen Press for an evening of non-fiction and poetry readings at KGB Bar. Featuring two Red Hen non-fiction authors, Pope Brock and Florencia Ramirez, along with poet Catherine Woodard.

To find out more about these performers, as well as the other events Red Hen is hosting in New York this summer, check out our website here:

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85 East 4th Street
10003 New York, New York

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James Merrill House



It could have been the way the Southern man
in his navy suit and skin rocked
along the church wall, swaying to the tambourine
like an old man wobbling to blues.

Or the way Sister Nettie got the spirit
all in her feet and behind, quick-stepping
like an ant hill was under her toes,
shaking her head back and forth

Epiphany Davis, 1825

I set up my cash box and my bones and cards
on Broadway, most days, offering what I see
of what’s to come. For a donation, words
fall from my mouth, surprising even me.

Uncle Epiphany doesn’t forecast death
or illness worse than gout or a broken bone.
The sailors stop. They
Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat

I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat