The U to host 2008 Vermillion Literary Project Poetry Festival
Participants will interact with literary professionals, take part in morning and afternoon workshops led by award-winning writers, attend poetry readings and participate in an evening poetry slam – a competition for poets.
The 2008 VLP Poetry Festival begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration followed by a 9 a.m. workshop featuring poetry author and creative writer Penni Pearson, one of five guest poets contributing to the festival. Additional activities include readings by Pearson and Nate Hansen, a Ph.D. student at USD who has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Minnesota State University—Moorhead, at noon; a workshop with published author Christine Stewart-Nuñez at 1:30 p.m.; and readings by Stewart-Nuñez and Lindy Obach, who teaches English for USD at SDPURC in Sioux Falls, S.D., at 4 p.m. The workshop concludes with a 7 p.m. poetry reading and poetry slam at the Coffee Shop Gallery, 24 W. Main St., in downtown Vermillion featuring writer Matt Mason. The slam is open to anyone, including non-workshop participants, with three poems the requirement for slam contributors. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the competition.
The noon reading, 4 p.m. reading and evening poetry slam are free. To register for the workshop, please visit the VLP Poetry Festival Web site at www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/poetryfestival or visit Dakota Hall 212 on the USD campus. For more information, please contact Marcella Remund at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (605) 677-5229.
Writers for the 2008 VLP Poetry Workshop are made possible by a Speakers Bureau grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; by the USD College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English; and by the VLP, a student literary organization at USD.
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