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Poetry festival set for April 12 at NSU

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – This Friday, April 12, in honor of National Poetry Month, Northern State University is holding a poetry festival in the NSU Williams Library Round Room.


The festival includes poetry readings and workshops led by various authors, and the evening will conclude with a Spoken Word Slam.

The festival will begin at 9 a.m. with a workshop led by Larry Gavin, a poet from Minnesota, entitled “The Natural World & Big Ideas Workshop.” This will explore nature and poetry's big ideas through a number of exercises.

The following workshop, entitled “The Prose Poem,” led by Sara Henning, a doctoral student at the University of South Dakota, will explore the differences between poetry and prose.

At noon there will be a poetry reading by Gavin and Henning.

The afternoon session will begin at 1 p.m. with Marcella Remund's “Repetition in Poetry,” which will encourage poets to control emphasis and create music with their works.

The final workshop session, entitled “Poetry Distilled: The Ghazal Workshop,” led by Lindy Obach, explores the Persian form of poetry, which focuses on themes of love, nature and identity.

The session concludes with a poetry reading by Remund, an instructor at University of South Dakota, and Obach, who teaches courses for USD at University Center in Sioux Falls.

The festival concludes with a Spoken Word Slam, hosted by NSU student Anadia Rockey, during which festival participants can perform or read aloud original works.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information about the festival, contact NSU English professor Dr. Pen Pearson at