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South Dakota Authors

Authors and writers who have lived in South Dakota at some point in their lives.
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Norma C. Wilson published her first poems in the 1970s as a student at the University of Oklahoma. Upon completing a Ph.D. in English there, she taught at the University of South Dakota for 27 years. She has authored the chapbook Under the Rainbow: Poems from Mojácar, edited the anthology Memory, Echo, Words, and launched a collaborative exhibit of poetry and mosaics—Rivers, Wings & Sky—with visual artist Nancy Losacker. She lives with her husband, Jerry Wilson, near Vermillion.

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A master educator and specialist in life story, Denice Turner received her Ph.D. in English from University of Nevada, Reno and teaches at Black Hills State University. Her work explores the healing dimensions of writing as well as the social geographies that complicate writing. Turner’s most recent book is Worthy: A Memoir. She lives in Spearfish.

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Nathan Sanderson is South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Director of Policy and Operations. 'Controlled Recklessness' is Nathan Sanderson’s biography of stock-raising legend Ed Lemmon. A South Dakota native, his hobbies include playing softball, curling, hunting and traveling w

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Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry:Dandarians, On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year, Year of the Snakeand Beyond Heart Mountain. Her honors include the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004 and the National Poetry Series Award for 1998. Roripaugh is currently 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.

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Comfortable teaching both college students and convicts, poet Jim Reese is an associate professor of English, director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, and editor-in-chief of PADDLEFISH. Since 2008, Reese has been one of six artists-in-residence with the National Endowment for the Arts’ interagency initiative with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His latest poetry collection is Really Happy.

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While teaching at South Dakota State University, Meredith Redlin, Christine Stewart and Julie Barst embarked on a four-year project examining the insights of women’s studies scholars. The result isAction, Influence and Voice: Contemporary South Dakota Women, a mixture of creative pieces, scholarly articles and interviews conducted by Redlin, a professor of sociology at SDSU, and her graduate students. Stewart is an associate professor of English at SDSU and Barst is now an assistant…

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Kent Meyers is the author of a memoir, a book of short fiction and three novels, most recently Twisted Tree, which won a Society of Midland Authors award and a High Plains Book Award. He has written for numerous literary journals and magazines, including a recent essay in Harper’s Magazine on the search for dark matter in the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Meyers teaches at Black Hills State University and in Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop.

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James McLaird is retired from Dakota Wesleyan University, where he taught history for 37 years. A specialist in the history of South Dakota and the American West, he has published numerous articles on state and regional history. His Calamity Jane: The Woman and the Legend was named Best Non-Fiction Book of 2005 by Westerners International. McLaird’s current research and writing interests include Hugh Glass and Wild Bill Hickock.

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John D. (Jack) McDermott is a research historian and heritage tourism consultant from Rapid City who has authored 66 professional journal articles and 15 award-winning books on Western history, including Red Cloud: Oglala Legend.

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Dana Lone Hill is an Oglala Lakota woman, mother, writer and activist who published her first novel, Pointing With Lips, in 2014 and is working on a sequel. Lone Hill’s activism has included the successful campaign to bring the Black Hills sacred site Pe’ Sla under the guardianship of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

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