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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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Raised in rural South Dakota, Rod Hoffer has been a truck driver for more than 35 years, hauling refrigerated products across the country. His first book, The Strange Christmas Dream, was born from his active imagination, his love of good books and his desire to entertain his five grandchildren. Hoffer lives in Rapid City with his wife, Judy, and two very spoiled dogs.

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Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, may be best known as a poet. However, he has recently shown his versatility with a novel, The Commandant of Lubizec; a story collection, The Collector of Names; and a poetry collection,Adoptable, all coming out in a year’s time. Hicks has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize and has won theGlimmer Train Fiction Award.

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Linda M. Hasselstrom is a South Dakota rancher and full-time resident writer at Windbreak House Writing Retreats. She has published 15 books; her poetry and nonfiction appear in dozens of anthologies and magazines. Among her many awards, she was named Author of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English in 1989 and received the Governor's Award in the Arts for Creative Achievement in 1990. Hasselstrom’s ranch hosts the Great Plains Native Plant Society’s Claude A. Barr…

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Sioux Falls author Brian Pendergast, published children's book "The Lion in the Playground" in 2012. In March, 2016, he released his first suspense military thriller "The PTSD Experiment".

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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

KOTA READS: Paula Blasius

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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

TERRY WOSTER: A hall-of-famer in every way

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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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