VLP poetry reading, slam features USD professor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Vermillion Literary Project will host a poetry reading and poetry slam on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coffee Shop Gallery in downtown Vermillion. The poetry reading will feature Lee Ann Roripaugh, professor of English at The U.

Roripaugh is the author of two books of poetry, “Beyond Heart Mountain,” which was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the 2000 Asian American Literature Awards; and “Year of the Snake,” a book that was published in 1994. Born and raised in Laramie, Wyo., Roripaugh earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Indiana University. Her reading will be followed by a poetry slam, which is open to anyone. Poets planning to slam should bring three poems. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. For information on poetry slams, go to: www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/vlpslam.cfm.