ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s spring 2019 “A Writer Reads” series will feature readings by two visiting writers, two NSU English faculty members, as well as readings by students from NSU’s creative writing and poetry course in the Williams Library Round Room.
Events will take place on the following dates:
Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4:30 p.m.: Drs. Pen Pearson and Lysbeth Benkert of the NSU English department will offer readings of their published and unpublished works. Pearson’s publications include two books of poetry, titled “Trespass to Chattel” and “Poetry as Liturgy,” as well as a forthcoming novel, titled “Bloomsbury’s Late Rose,” which will be published in September by Chickadee Prince Books. Benkert’s publications include her first chapbook, titled “#girl stuff,” which was published in 2018 by Dancing Girl Press.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m.:Author Barbara Duffey of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell will offer readings of her written poetry. Her most recent published book is titled “Simple Machines.”
Wednesday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m.: Author Marcella Remond of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion will offer readings of her award-winning poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, and her poems have been selected for prizes by journal editors, and by judges Odilia Galván Rodríguez and Molly Peacock. Her first full-length manuscript, “The Book of Crooked Prayer,” won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition from the National Association of State Poetry Societies. Her chapbook, “The Sea is My Ugly Twin,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018.
Tuesday, April 30, at 2:15 p.m.: Students of NSU’s ENGL 478: Creative Writing, Poetry class will offer readings of their work from the course.
“A Writer Reads” events are sponsored by funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council. For more information, contact Pearson at Pen.Pearson@northern.edu.
About Northern State University
Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaignwith a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.