Omaha poet headlines USD’s VLP poetry reading, slam

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Vermillion Literary Project, a student organization at The University of South Dakota, will host a poetry reading and poetry slam on Thursday, March 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Coffee Shop Gallery, which is located at 24 W. Main St. in downtown Vermillion. The poetry reading will feature Omaha poet Heidi Hermanson.

Hermanson’s poetry has been published in "Backroads," "Mental Horizons," "Midwest Compilation" and "Slamma Lamma Ding Dong: An Anthology of Nebraska Slam Poets." In addition to being a part of public art projects, including "OmaHome" and the Omaha benchmarks project, which featured brief inspirational quotes on benches throughout the community, Hermanson organized the first Poets’ Chautauqua at the Nebraska State Fair in 2003 – the same year she released her first book, “Midwest Hotel.” Her reading will be followed by a poetry slam – open to anyone. Poets planning to slam should bring three poems. Prizes will be awarded to slam winners.

For information on poetry slams, go to: www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/vlpslam.cfm or please contact Marcella Remund, mremund@usd.edu.