Join us for the VLP Poetry Festival February 28, 2013. Enjoy a day of workshops and readings and get in a hot poetry groove.
The Vermillion Literary Project invites YOU to attend the poetry reading and SLAM, featuring writer FRED ARROYO, on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the MUC (Muenster University Center) Pit Lounge.
Fred Arroyo is the author of Western Avenue and Other Fictions, and the novel The Region of Lost Names. He was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) in 2009 by LatinoStories.com. Fred lives in Vermillion, where he teaches creative writing at the University of South Dakota.
Fred's reading will be followed by a poetry slam (competitive poetry performance) open to anyone. Slam poets should bring 3 original poems. Fabulous prizes will be awarded!
From Professor Lee Ann Roripaugh:
The first USD Visiting Writers' Reading Series Event of the year will take place Monday-Tuesday, September 24-25, 2012. The event will open with a public reading by visiting writer Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and recent English department hire Fred Arroyo on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Farber Hall (Old Main) on the USD-Vermillion campus.
Hedge Coke and Arroyo will then visit Lee Ann Roripaugh's graduate seminar in Multicultural Literature on Tuesday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m., location TBA, where they will be invited to answer questions and participate in discussion over course themes of race/ethnicity, class, gender, language, and authorship, among others. This session will be open to any interested students and faculty.
It promises to be a wonderful and stimulating two days! I hope to see you there!
Teachers, school administrators, and other educators are invited to nominate talented high school students for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: A Creative Writers’ Camp,” to be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The Dakota Writing Project (DWP), a local teachers' organization affiliated with the National Writing Project, and the Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), an award-winning student organization, are hosting the one-day camp.
The camp, which will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., includes workshops on comic book narratives, memoir writing, point of view in fiction, screenwriting, poetry, revision, performance, and poetry slams, to be followed by a public reading and mini-poetry slam in Farber Hall.
The early registration fee (postmark September 14, 2012) is $50; the regular registration fee is $60. Participants enjoy a day of workshops and receive a camp t-shirt, lunch, refreshments during breaks, and a copy of the VLP magazine. Reduced-fee scholarships based on financial need are available; email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Enrollment is limited, so nominated students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The registration form, camp schedule, and additional information are available online at http://tinyurl.com/dwpsacamp or http://connect.nwp.org/dakota-writing-project/p/8.
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The Dakota Writing Project is a non-profit teachers’ organization that focuses on improving the teaching of writing through an invitational summer institute for teachers and a variety of other activities. For more information, visit http://connect.nwp.org/dakota-writing-project.
The Vermillion Literary Project, an award-winning student organization at the University of South Dakota, publishes an annual literary magazine and hosts literary events for the university community and the general public. For more information, visit http://orgs.usd.edu/projlit/.
A message from Vermillion Literary Project faculty adviser Marcella Remund:
Please join us this Thursday evening, April 26, 7 p.m. in the MUC (Muenster University Center) Pit Lounge for the presentation of the English Department Creative Writing awards. Some of this year's award winners will be reading their work. The presentation will be followed by the unveiling of the 2012 VLP magazine, "Kick it into Low Gear" (fingers crossed that it gets here in time!!), with some of this year's contributors to the magazine also reading their work. The evening will be MC'd by this year's VLP Editor-in-Chief, Dan Swanson. Hope to see you all there!
The previously announced benefit for Annie Christain (and her squished optic nerves) is being moved to a different location because of anticipated bad weather. Join us in the basement of the United Church of Christ, Congregational, 226 East Main St., in Vermillion, starting at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 2) -- a big thank you is due to the UCC and Pastor Steve Miller for donating this space at the last minute.
Celebrate the end of the semester with music and good food, and give Annie some much-appreciated support!
A few more details:
· If you have any small items in good condition (books, gadgets, art items, etc.) and would like to contribute them to the silent auction, please bring them with you.
· Donations of food and beverages are welcome; please contact Sarah.Garelik@usd.edu if you can help with this. Note that the UCC is a no-alcohol venue, so any alcoholic beverages contributed will be added to the silent auction rather than served at the event.
· A benefit account has been opened at Wells Fargo bank (branch in Jones Food Center). Checks may be made out to Annie Christain.
· Tickets for the barbecue are available in advance from Sarah.Garelik@usd.edu or at the door. Choose your price: $15-$50.
Thanks to everyone involved.
Please join us for an end-of-the year BBQ to benefit Annie Christain
Annie has been recently diagnosed with a condition which will cause her to lose her vision if left untreated. She doesn’t have health insurance, so we are trying to raise some money for her.
Festivities will include:
* music by Narrative Feed, The Golden Bubbles (Chris V’s band), and At Ease (Simon and Joe’s band)
* a BBQ of delicious meats and meat-like vegetable products
* a silent auction (including baked goods, poems, and rare signed x-rays of Annie’s optic nerve!)
* a bar (wine, beer, and other much-needed end-of-semester beverages for a small donation)
When: 6:00, Friday, May 2nd (the last day of classes!)
Where: 213 Stanford (the West end of Clark, on the corner of Stanford and Clark)
Tickets: email email@example.com to buy (you choose the price of your ticket: $15-$50)
Because of the generous donations of time, talent, and food, all proceeds will go to Annie!
See you there!
In addition to holding the Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
last slam of the school year (slammers should bring 3 original poems),
we'll be unveiling this year's VLP magazine, hearing readings by this
issue's contributors, and announcing the winners of the first-ever VLP
Comic Contest. The evening will be hosted by this year's VLP magazine
Editor-In-Chief, Phil Block. It promises to be great fun, so please
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
In addition to holding the
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
On Friday 4/18,
the English Department's final visitor of the semester will be on campus
delivering a lecture. The Colloquium will be held at 3:30
in Farber Hall, and the speaker is Courtney Lehmann, Associate
Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton,
California. She is the author of Shakespeare Remains: Theater to
Film, Early Modern to Postmodern, published by Cornell UP, as well as two
volumes of Shakespeare and Screen criticism. Currently, she has three
books under contract. Her talk will be entitled "Kiss Me Katrina:
Cold Wars, Global Warming, and Compassionate Capitalism, or, Macbeth—The
Reality." The event is free and open to the public.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the
words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become
visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov
Hi, all. Next week, April 24, 7-9
p.m. at the Coffee Shop Gallery, downtown Vermillion, is our LAST
reading/slam of the year, and a very special one. We will be launching this
year’s magazine (which looks completely boss, groovy, amazing, etc.), and
officially announcing the winners of and awarding prizes for the Comic Contest.
Our featured readers this month will be folks whose work was included in this
year’s mag, including, we hope, our short story contest winners. The slam
will follow, open to anyone as usual.
We hope to see you all there for this wonderful celebration
of our VLP (both here and afar) collective genius!
If you can see your path laid out
in front of you step by step,
you know it's not your path.
Your own path you make with every step you take.
That's why it's your path.
- Joseph Campbell
"The purpose of the writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself". Albert Camus
PROGRAM COUNCIL PRESENTS:
A COMPETITION FOR COMPOSITION OF TEXT IN
A NEW GRADUATION RECESSIONAL SOLO/CHORAL WORK
Prizes: 1. A
$200.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble bookstores;
of your text to music by USD Composer-In-
and use of your text (with music) at USD Commencements.
Who may enter: All current USD graduate and undergraduate
, and USD Alumni.
Write a four to
five stanza poem encompassing the traditions and experiences of being a student
at USD (please type).
name, status as a past or present student at USD, and address and phone number.
Submit your work
to: Dr. Stephen Yarbrough, College of
Fine Arts 125.
Review of entries
will begin Friday, August 29, 2008.
If a song is
chosen, the winner will be notified no later than Monday, November 3, 2008.
Judging will be done by Dr.
Stephen Yarbrough and the USD Commencement Committee. The winning entry will be premiered at the
May 2009 USD Commencement ceremony. The
judges reserve the right not to award a prize if no submission is deemed
VLP Poetry Reading & Slam
Join us Thursday, March 28, from 7-9 p.m. at
the Coffee Shop Gallery, downtown Vermillion, for the VLP poetry reading
and slam celebrating Women’s History
Month and featuring Lee
Ann Roripaugh, Amanda Emerson, Michelle Rogge-Gannon, Marcella Remund, Sarah Garelik, Cheryl Walstrom, Catherine Beem, Marcia Kear and others, reading
selections from their favorite women authors. The readings will be followed by a poetry slam open to anyone. Slammers should bring three original poems; prizes will be awarded.
For more info on slams, see www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/vlpslam.cfm.
more info on the VLP visit www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit
CONTACT: Marcella Remund, USD Dept. of English, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE VLP & THE COMMUNITY WRITERS GROUP ANNOUNCES:
W R I T E C L U B
Where: At RAZIEL'S - 13 W. Main ***NEW LOCATION!!!***
When: THURSDAY, MARCH 13 - 7pm to 9pm
The first rule of Write Club is - you do not talk about Write Club.
The second rule of Write Club is - you DO NOT talk about Write Club.
Third rule of Write Club - you ARE allowed to write anything you can Imagine!
Questions: Contact Douglas Bryenldson - email@example.com
or visit www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit
"WRITE CLUB wasn't about winning or losing. It was about words."
The Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), a volunteer student literary organization of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, invites you to join area writers for a rewarding evening with the WRITE CLUB, a community writer's group that meets every 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at RAZIEL's, downtown Vermillion. Anyone is welcome to participate--community members, visitors to the area, brand new or experienced writers, USD students. Bring your original poetry, short stories, novels in progress, plays, screenplays, creative nonfiction, or anything that your imagination has produced. You'll get ideas, help, feedback and constructive critiquing from other group members in a supportive, relaxed setting. The group is FREE, and you are not obligated to present anything or to read your writing; you are welcome to sit back, observe, and listen to others, although you are encouraged to experiment and develop as a writer by sharing your work. If you have questions or want to find out more about WRITE CLUB, email Doug Bryenldson at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 605-563-2932. Be sure to leave a message--calls will be promptly returned.
DON'T FORGET THE VLP
MEETING THIS FRIDAY,
FEB. 22 at 4pm!!!!
IN THE "USUAL PLACE"
... you know... that one place where
we always meet...
(*whispers* ...in the sewers
under the manhole
on Franklin St.)
OH... and don't forget... you won't get to lick any toads unless you are physically present with a gift of llama hair for Marcella. (HINT: She prefers red and yellow llamas.)
"If writing a novel is like having a baby... then how do you get pregnant?" - quote from "The Lost Essays of Anai Bendai", Volume XXV.
JOIN US TODAY AT THE COFFEE SHOP GALLERY for the VLP - COMMUNITY WRITER'S GROUP from 4pm to 6pm!
We'll drink HOT BEVERAGES and STAY WARM while discussing our latest LITERARY CREATIONS!
“It is known that there are an infinte number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely products of a deranged imagination.” - Douglas Adams
2008 HOT SPRINGS WRITER’S CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 29
HOT SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA
INSPIRE YOUR WRITING AND SHARPEN YOUR CRAFT
Join us for the Write Now Writer’s Conference featuring David Allan Evans, Poet
Laureate of South Dakota and Wyoming author Craig Johnson. The conference will
emphasize hands-on writing in poetry and fiction with time for interaction and critique.
Additional seminars will be offered on internet blogging and marketing, and reading your
work aloud. Concluding the conference, Craig and Dave will be presenting a public
reading and book signing. Please see the Schedule of Events and Registration Form
for more details.
David Allan Evans
South Dakota Poet Laureate
Retired professor of English and Writer in
Residence at South Dakota State University,
David Allan Evans has served as South Dakota’s
Poet Laureate since 2002. He is the author of
five books of poetry, and the author or editor of
seven other books. He has been a Fulbright
Scholar to China twice. In 1974 he was the first
South Dakotan to receive a National Endowment
for the Arts grant. He also has writing grants
from the Bush Artist Foundation in St. Paul,
Minnesota and the South Dakota Arts Council.
His poems, short stories, and essays have been
published in many magazines and journals and in
over 60 anthologies.
Craig Allen Johnson
Wyoming Fiction Writer
Craig Johnson is the author of four novels (the
latest to be released in June) and is the recipient
of a Wyoming Council for the Arts Award. His
background in education and law enforcement
gives a unique perspective to his writing
Johnson's first novel, The Cold Dish, was a
DILYS Award Finalist, and a Booksense pick by
the Independent Bookseller's Association and
Killer Pick by the Independent Mystery
Bookseller's of America. Craig's second novel,
Death Without Company, was the Wyoming
Historical Society's Fiction Book of the Year. A
dynamic and humorous speaker, Craig lives in
Ucross, Wyoming population 25.
Eric Lochridge writes After Long Busyness: A Poetry Blog,
where he discusses poetry, with an emphasis on the poetry
of South Dakota. His first collection of poems, Father's Curse,
was published by FootHills Publishing in 2007. He is a
graduate of South Dakota State University and lives in Rapid
City with his wife and two children.
Andy Thorstenson recently finished a collection of poems,
crossing the 100th meridian. He has read and performed his
work at poetry events throughout the country. His poetry has
been strongly influenced by his travels to wild and natural
places around the world. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife
and two children.
Schedule of Events
Friday, March 28, 2008
Red Rock River Resort 603 N. River Street Hot Springs
6:00 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. Andy thorstenson “Spoken Word”
7:30 p.m. Eric Lochridge “Wording with Technology”
Saturday, March 29, 2008
SD Veteran’s Home Canyon Cottage 2500 Minnekahta Ave., Hot Springs
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00 a.m. Poetry Workshop with David Allan Evans
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch at the Red Rock River Resort 603 N. River Street
1:30-4:30 p.m. Fiction Workshop with Craig Johnson
The Wild Burro Bookstore 503 North River St., Hot Springs
7:00-9:00 p.m. Reading and Book signing with authors
Craig Johnson and David Allan Evans
For more information call 605.890.1212 or 605.745.7340
2008 HOT SPRINGS WRITER’S CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, MARCH 28 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 29
HOT SPRINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA
Friday Evening Workshops no fee ____
Both Saturday Workshops $75 ____
Poetry Workshop $45 ____
with David Allan Evans
Fiction Workshop $45 ____
with Craig Johnson
Lunch Saturday with the Authors $9 ____
__Chicken Salad Sandwich
__ Roast Beef Wrap
__ Vegetarian Wrap
Total Amount Due ______
Register Early, Space is Limited!
Make checks payable to SHAHC and return this form to:
Southern Hills Arts and Humanities Council
P.O. Box 715 Hot Springs, SD 57747
For more information or for credit card payments call 605.890.1212 or 605.745.7340
Thanks to all of our Sponsors
Southern Hills Arts and Humanities Council South Dakota Humanities Council The Wild Burro Bookstore
The Historic Mueller House B&B Red Rock River Resort A Dakota Dream B&B
Hot Springs Writer’s CONFERENCE
Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29
Hot Springs, South Dakota
Southern Hills Arts and Humanities Council
P.O. Box 715
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Register early, space is limited!