South Dakota

In July 2015, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Lee Ann Roripaugh to succeed David Allan Evans as South Dakota poet laureate. Roripaugh is the author of four poetry collections: Dandarians (Milkweed Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books, 1999). She teaches at the University of South Dakota and is the editor of the South Dakota Review. She will serve a four-year term.

upcoming events

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.

Student Union Ln
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.

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.

524 4th St
57006 Brookings, South Dakota

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Lee Ann Roripaugh
South Dakota poet laureate

Lee Ann Roripaugh

Poet Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four poetry collections: Dandarians (Milkweed Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern...



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