Tumbleweeding out of the Great Plains toward a mailbox near you
Author: Lee Ann Roripaugh
Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians (Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The current South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.
South Dakota Review has just closed out an amazing double issue, with a fantastic assemblage of writers!
In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to check out and enjoy our recently-released Volume 53, No. 2, with exciting new work by Lucy Adkins, Erin M. Bertram, Heidi Czerwiec, Leah Jane Esau, Jessica Goodfellow Ueno, Caroline Goodwin, Jason Gray, Susan Grimm, Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, Brandon Krieg, Rajiv Mohabir, Cameron Norse, Danny Thanh Nguyen, Brianna Noll, Marcus Pactor, Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Jessica Plante, Curtis Smith, Jon Tribble, Jeffrey Tucker, and Judy Wilson!
With immense thanks to duncan b. barlow for magazine layout and cover design, to Cheyenne Marco for her expert circulations management, and to our small but dedicated staff of readers!
SDR is recently back from AWP, where it was so nice to meet so many of our contributors and subscribers! Yesterday, staff members sent out the newly-pressed and autumnally mooncake-ish fall issue. We can’t wait for you to see it! Yes, it’s true, that autumn was a while back, and I confess that we’re running a bit behind schedule, but hope to get caught up again over the next couple of issues or so. Historically, though, SDR’s seasons have always been somewhat quirkily after-the-fact. Seasons after the season. We’ve come to find this sort of endearing. We hope you do, too.
Here’s a sneak peek at the Table of Contents:
Lee Ann Roripaugh / Editor’s Essay / “Framed”
Miles Waggener / Poetry / “Flaming Arrow,” “Dance Floor,” “Scat”
Geoff Schmidt / Story / “Box of Owls”
Matthew Guenette / Poetry / “Common Denominators,” “Cambridge”
Jeff Alessandreslli / Poetry / “They should try harder to . . . They ought to be more . . . We all wish they weren’t so . . .,” “One Size Fits All and Then Some”
Ira Sukrungruang / Story / “Tip”
Donna Hunt / Poetry / “From the String Theory Sequence: Multiple Donnas”
Marion Agnew / Story / “Walking Out”
Emily Stone / Poetry / “Search and Destroy,” “Who’s Who of the Conquistadors”
Tom Gannon / Poetry / “How to Write a Native American Poem’
Amy Hassinger / Essay / “Going Native”
Steven D. Schroeder / Poetry / “Buried Among Those Mountains,” “Flutter Fodder,” “You Won’t Find a New Land”
Sarah Fawn Montgomery / Essay / “Weather I’ve Known”
Jon Tribble / Poetry / “Long Stories About Short Pigs,” “Compared to What,” “Up for the Down Stroke”
Sandy Yang / Story / “Longing”
Meg Thompson / Poetry / “For a Long Time This Poem Was ABout Shaving,” “You are the farmer”
Melissa Kwasny / Poetry / “The Black Calf,” “The Eagle Tree,” “Thunderbird,” “Thunder Egg”
Karen Gettert Shoemaker / Story / “What Sarah Said”
Katherine Riegel / Poetry / “Hoping to Learn from Wilbur, Who Said Love Calls Us to the Things of This World,” “Boys”
Rebecca Loudon / Poetry / “Young corn grows right up to the shore,” “No place for an outsider who’d never survive the rafty pins,” “Overwhelmed with Stubborn Affliction,” “Metropolis”
Michaela Mullin / Book Review / “Review of The Wide Road, by Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian”
As I mentioned in the last post, South Dakota Review is going through an exciting and ambitious transitional phase. Reader, would you consider showing your support for us in one or more of the following ways?
The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of South Dakota Review is out and about in its new and shiny 9×9, glossy format. Initial feedback on the redesign and content has been very positive so far from SDR’s contributors and subscribers. We hope you enjoy the issue!
Here’s a sneak peak at the Table of Contents:
Lee Ann Roripaugh / Editor’s Essay / “Bodies, Rest, and Motion”
Charlie Clark / Poetry / “Summer Music”
Mary Biddinger / Poetry / “A Bravery,” “Coin-Operated Engine Finds Its Steam,” and “An Elm Tree Will Never Be the One You Love”
Karin Lin-Greenberg / Story / “Lobsterama”
Teri Grimm / Poetry / “Magic Lantern,” “Lyla Recalls That Summer,” and “Go On, Please. This is Very Interesting”
Tamiko Beyer / Poetry / “Compass,” “Says City Water,” “Trash Sail,” and “Someone who will say our names when we get to the end of things”
Dionisia Morales / Essay / “Blue Means Water”
Sandy Longhorn / Poetry / “Cautionary Tale for Girls Caught Up in the Machinery”
Jenn Koiter / Poetry / “The Messy Girl Drives Eastward, With Impending Migraine,” “Early Dinner Ending with a Line from Thomas Merton,” and “Messy Girl Prays with Mathematics”
Lisa Ampleman / Poetry / “Letter from the Field of Vision” and “Because You Look for Yourself in My Poems”
Stephanie Austin / Story / “Drunk in Bathing Suits”
Matt Mauch / Poetry / “Every view is oceanic if you focus on the sky” and “A cottonwood seed, a blade of grass, an I’ll never-see-anything-like-this-again-in-my-life balancing act”
Thierry Brunet / Poetry / Three Poems
Adam Clay / Poetry / “The Sources of Country Music,” “Another Lazy Sunday,” and “Quitting Time”
Nate Liederbach / Story / “Daddy Bird”
Bruce Covey / Poetry / “I’m a Bitty Cupcake,” “Chunks of Or,” “Wealthy,” and “Guilded Elegies”
Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska / Poetry / “How to Convince a Shy Person to Be Your Valentine or How to Make Heart-Shaped Pumice Holder,” “How to Earn a Legitimate Living Working from Home,” and “How to Donate Your Body to Science”
Tiffany Midge / Poetry / “Antiquing with Indians,” “Teton Valley,” and “Funeral for a Sioux Elder”
The University of South Dakota is launching a visiting writers’ reading series. Our inaugural events will take place over the next two days (September 22 and September 23, 2011), with a reading and a workshop featuring four writers: David Marshall Chan (USD’s Visiting Creative Writer), Courtney Huse-Wika (a USD Ph.D. creative writing alum and Assistant Professor at Black Hills State University), Pen Pearson (another USD Ph.D. creative writing alum and a Professor at Northern State University), and Miles Waggener (Associate Professor at University of Nebraska-Omaha).
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:00 p.m. — Freedom Forum, Neuharth Media Center
Poetry and Prose readings by authors David Marshall Chan, Courtney Huse Wika, Pen Pearson, and Miles Waggener
Free and open to the public.
Friday, September 23, 2011, 12:00 noon — Muenster University Center 216
Graduate student lunch with visiting writers.
A lunch open to University of South Dakota graduate students.
Friday, September 23, 2011, 3:00 p.m. — Muenster University Center 216
Tenure Tracking: A Workshop on the Creative Writing Job Market and Tenure-Track Process
Our (published! and employed!) visiting writers David Marshall Chan, Courtney Huse Wika, Pen Pearson, and Miles Waggener will provide brief personal career narratives, after which the floor will be opened to audience members to ask questions and solicit advice about their professional lives as writers post M.F.A. and/or Ph.D.
Free and open to the public.
David Marshall Chan is the author of Goblin Fruit: Stories, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His writing has also appeared in such publications as Conjunctions, BOMB Magazine, and Columbia, and he has been awarded writing fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Writing in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Rick Moody called Goblin Fruit: Stories “probably the most stunning debut of the year, one that gives much promise of great things to come,” and in the New York Review of Books, Joyce Carol Oates wrote: “David Marshall Chan’s voice is haunting and original. Goblin Fruit is a fascinating cri de couer by a young writer of promise and substance.” He grew up in Southern California and previously lived in New York City, and is currently the Visiting Creative Writer at The University of South Dakota.
Courtney Huse Wika received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English with a specialization in creative writing from the University of South Dakota, and her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She has published both creatively and critically, most notably in Backwards City Review, 605 Magazine, Paddlefish, Epicenter, The MacGuffin, Life on the Farm and Ranch: South Dakota Stories, Voice of Youth Advocates, and a book chapter in the critical anthology Illuminating Torchwood: Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series, co-authored with Dr. Susan Wolfe. Currently she is Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Pen Pearson is a Professor of English at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota where she teaches creative writing, American literature, and composition. She recently published her first book of poems, Poetry as Liturgy: Presenting Poems in a Sacramental Sequence. Her current project is a biographical novel of British modernist poet Charlotte Mew.
Miles Waggener is the author of Phoenix Suites, (The Word Works, 03) winner the Washington Prize; and Portents Aside, (Two Dogs Press, 08). His second full-length collection, Sky Harbor, is forthcoming from Pinyon Publishing. His poems have appeared recently in Third Coast; The Pinch; Gulf Coast; New Poets of the American West, Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: New Voices from the Academy of American Poets’ University and College Prizes, 1999-2008; Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He is an Associate Professor in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and lives in Omaha with the writer Megan Gannon and their son Manny.
Cover art for the Spring/Summer 2011 special double issue of South Dakota Review will feature art by Oscar Howe, an internationally-acclaimed American Indian artist who taught at The University of South Dakota for twenty-five years. Sacro Wi (Sundancer) is from 1967, casein on paper, and is part of the permanent collection of the Oscar Howe Gallery/University Art Galleries at the University of South Dakota. You can read more about Oscar Howe’s work and the Oscar Howe Gallery at The University of South Dakota here.