VLP Poetry Festival. Feb. 28
Write poetry in workshops led by professional writers, attend readings, and, of course, dance in the fire of a good poetry slam at the Vermillion Literary Project Poetry Festival, scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2013. See details at http://sites.usd.edu/projlit/vlp-poetry-festival .
Upcoming VLP Events
Everyone is welcome to attend these events sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project.
Thursday, 1/27, 7 p.m., MUC Pit Lounge: VLP Reading and Poetry Slam featuring Lee Ann Roripaugh. Poets who plan to participate in the poetry slam (a competition for poets) should bring three original poems.
Thursday, 2/24, all day, Old Main and MUC Pit Lounge: VLP Poetry Festival, which includes featured readings, writing workshops, a slam, and more. For details and registration forms, see the VLP website:
Register for VLP Poetry Festival
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join us on Thursday, February 25 for the 2010 VLP Poetry Festival, featuring visiting poets FREYA MANFRED and GARY DOP. The Festival includes a morning writing workshop with Manfred, a noon reading with Manfred and USD graduate student Marcus Merritt, an afternoon writing workshop with Dop, an afternoon reading with Dop and USD graduate student Jenny Yang Cropp, and an evening reading and poetry SLAM with Dop as guest slammaster. All sessions are open to the public. There is a registration fee for the writing workshops, and space is limited. The readings and SLAM are free. Workshops will take place in Old Main 118; readings will be in Farber Hall; the evening reading & slam will be in the MUC's Pit Lounge.
FREYA MANFRED’S poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies. Her memoir, Frederick Manfred: A Daughter Remembers, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award. Manfred’s sixth book of poetry, Swimming with a Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle (www.reddragonflypress.com), won the Midwest Booksellers’ Award for Poetry for 2009. She lives near Hudson, WI.
GARY DOP grew up in Germany and throughout the Midwest. He received his MFA from the University of Nebraska, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals. Dop moonlights as a playwright and stand-up comic and lives with his wife and three daughters in Minneapolis.
MARCUS MERRITT completed his MFA in Poetry at the University of San Francisco. He currently lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Rachael, and their cat, Nika. Merritt teaches English at USD, where he is in the MA program.
JENNY YANG CROPP is the author of one chapbook, Hanging the Moon (RockSaw Press, 2010). Her poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, Superstition Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Eclipse, and Ecotone. She received her MFA from Minnesota State University-Mankato and is currently working on a PhD in creative writing at University of South Dakota.
For a complete Festival schedule, registration and fee information, and registration form, visit orgs.usd.edu/projlit and click on the Poetry Festival link.
VLP Poetry Festival Feb. 28, followed by 24-Hour Comics Contest Feb. 29
Everyone is welcome to attend the Vermillion Literary Project 2008 Poetry Festival Thursday, February 28. This annual event, organized and run by University of South Dakota student volunteers, will feature professional writers sharing their work with the general public. You can attend free readings throughout the day and also register for a small fee for morning and afternoon workshops, in which you can get help with your own writing. And, of course, there's the fabulous VLP poetry slam, a competition for poets, in the evening. For details, visit http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/poetryfestival .
But the fun doesn't end there. You can also participate in the VLP's first ever 24-Hour Comics Contest, which begins on Friday, February 29, the day after the festival. For more information, see http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/comics .
English Dept. Open House and Shakespeare Garden Festival
Join us for two special events this coming week: the English Department Open House on October 16 and the Shakespeare Garden Festival on October 18.