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S.D. Poet Laureate to Lecture on Contemporary American Poetry

LeeAnn Roripaugh Lee Ann Roripaugh is a professor of English at USD and South Dakota’s Poet Laureate.

Vermillion, S.D. — Lee Ann Roripaugh, professor of English and South Dakota’s Poet Laureate, will present “Conversations in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics” at the English Colloquium Series on Monday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in Old Main, Room 106.

Sponsored by the USD Department of English, the series presents weekly, non-specialist lectures by department faculty and guests on topics related to literary history. The talks are free and open to the public.

Roripaugh was named the state’s Poet Laureate in 2015. She is the author of four volumes of poetry and is editor-in-chief of South Dakota Review, USD’s quarterly literary journal.


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