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    South Dakota Authors

    Authors and writers who have lived in South Dakota at some point in their lives.


    South Dakota Authors

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    David Allan Evans, South Dakota’s Poet Laureate since 2002, In 2009 Evans received the South Dakota Governor’s Award for Creative Distinction in the Arts. He has published eight poetry collections, most recently The Carnival, The Life, and several prose books.

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    From the halls of the White House to the plains of Oklahoma, Lane Dolly brings diverse experiences to her writing. She served in the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and South Dakota Governors George S. Mickelson and Walter Dale Miller before a master’s degree in public policy led her to history and genealogy. Dolly’s research about an abolitionist ancestor, Hattie Shelton, has led to two historical novels: A Distant Call and No Turning Back.

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    A member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn is considered one of the nation’s leading voices on Native American issues. Her latest book, That Guy Wolf Dancing, is a novella set in South Dakota.

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    Sandra Brannan has created a heart-pounding mystery series around Liv Bergen, a woman who embodies the spirit of South Dakota and who, like Brannan, has experience in the mining business. Brannan lives in Rapid City with her husband.

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    Joseph Bottum is one of the nation’s most widely published writers and best-known public intellectuals. A contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, he holds a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and lives in the Black Hills. His recent books include the sociological study An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the spirit of America and the South Dakota memoir The Christmas Plains.

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    South Dakota Author, Paula Blasius discussing her books including Buzz, the Hummingbird

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    Cry Murder by Edith Howie -- grew up in Sioux Falls, SD

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    Rosebud Yellow Robe Frantz; Daughter of Chauncy Yellow Robe; used storytelling, performance and books to introduce generations of children to Native American folklore and culture; Author of "Tonweya and the Eagles, and other Lakota Tales"

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    Terry Woster, journalist/ columnist; grew up in South Dakota

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    Charles Woodard, professor at SDSU; author of "As Far as I Can See"; named Author of the Year (2013) by SD Council of Teachers of English

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    Elizabeth Williams, Author of "Reflections of a Prairie Daughter"; born in Sioux Falls; grew up in Brookings;

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    Margaret Crary, born in Carthage, SD; works include "The Calico Ball" and "Secret of the Unknown Fifteen"

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    Doris Stensland, born and raised in SE South Dakota; Author of "Haul the Water, Haul the Wood"

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    Luther Standing Bear, born in Pine Ridge; Joined Buffalo Bill's wild west show; Author of "Land of the Spotted Eagle"

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    Barbara Oaks, Sioux Falls; self published five books in her later years including "The Bannisters: a Historical Novel Set in Dakota"

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    Marian Hurd McNeely; homesteaded on the Rosebud Indian Reservation; author of "The Jumping-off Place"

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    George McGovern, author, politician, historian; U.S. Represenatitve, U.S. Senator and Democratice Party presidential nominee in 1972 presidential election; wrote "Terry", "Agricultural Thought in the Twentieth Century", "A Time of War! A Time of Peace", "The Third Freedom: Ending Hunger in Our Time" and "Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition"

    George McGovern - Dakota Wesleyan University

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    Herbert A. Krause, teacher, author; wrote "Wind Without Rain", "The Thresher" and "Prelude to Glory: A Newspaper Accounting of Custer's 1874 Expedition to the Black Hills"

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    Colonel Melvin Grigsby, Sioux Falls; Civil War soldier at Andersonvile Prison; author of "The Smoked Yank"

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    Pete Dexter, author of "Deadwood"; raised in SD and Illinois; earned BA from USD

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    Claude A. Barr, rancher; book of "Jewels of the Plains" (published posthumously)

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    David Volk; born and raised in Mitchell; wrote “Draftee: A High School Teacher Goes To War” which chronicles his time in the Army; co-wrote four children’s books with Mark Meierhenry: "Mystery of the Round Rocks", "Mystery of the Tree Rings", "Mystery of the Maize" and "Mystery of the Pheasants"

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    Arthur Rusch; SD Native, graduate of USD School Law; practiced law for 22 years in Vermillion; served 4 terms as States Attorney; sat on South Dakota Supreme Court; wrote "County Capitols: The Courthouses of South Dakota"

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    Lynwood Oyos, professor emeritus of History at Augustana College; latest book, "Reveille for Sioux Falls: A World War II Army Air Forces Technical School Changes a South Dakota City"

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    Tom Roberts, from Ipswitch/ Aberdeen; resides in Sioux Falls; produced book "‘Twas the Night Before Christ" as a fundraiser for Children’s Home Society in 2002

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