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 or visit Dakota Hall 212 on the USD campus. For more information, please contact Marcella Remund at 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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