ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s A Writer Reads kicks off today with South Dakota poet Patrick Hicks at 4 p.m. in the NSU library’s Round Room.
A Writer Reads is an annual event of the NSU English Department that brings at least two creative writers to campus. The visiting writers lead students in a creative writing workshop or an exercise and conclude with a public reading. The culmination event is a reading by students in the creative writing class.
The second visiting writer, South Dakota poet Jeanne Emmons, will be on campus Monday, March 25, at 4 p.m.
Dr. Pen Pearson, NSU English professor, explained that each of the writers offers a different perspective because of his or her roots, which leads to great creative inspiration for students.
April 12 Poetry Festival
On Wednesday, April 12, there will be an all-day poetry festival featuring two readings, two workshops and an evening poetry slam. The workshops will be geared toward helping writers of all skill levels imagine and revise poems. The readings will feature work by the poets leading the workshops. The festival is free and open to the public.
April 24 Student Readings
The final event of A Writer Reads is student readings. This will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, and will feature readings from the students in this semester’s creative writing poetry class.
All events will be located in the library’s Round Room.