As state poet laureate, I’m seeking submissions of poems by South Dakotans about people, landscapes, and cultural life of our state for South Dakota in Poems: An Anthology. Submissions will also be considered for publication on the South Dakota State Poetry Society’s website: sdpoetry.org.
- Poems should speak to cultural life in South Dakota: histories, people, places, landscapes, traditions, languages, habits, attitudes, etc.
- Author should have strong ties to South Dakota: If you are not a current resident, you must have lived in South Dakota for at least five years. Please note this in your submission bio.
- Unpublished/retained rights: These poems may be previously published, but you need to retain the rights or attain permission for republishing.
- Accessibility and depth.
- Excellence in craft.
- Cultural significance of subject or theme.
- Residency: Author lives in South Dakota or has strong residential ties to the state.
- Contributes to the anthology which, holistically, reflects the diverse voices of South Dakota.
- Submit 1-3 poems in one Word document (.docx or .doc) to https://sdsps.submittable.com/submit
- In your cover letter, write a brief, third-person bio (75 words or less) that describes your residential tie to South Dakota.
Deadline: March 1, 2020
History of South Dakota Poet Laureate
Since 1959, the South Dakota State Poetry Society has vetted and recommended the South Dakota Poet Laureate to the Governor. SDSPS is directed by a board of up to fifteen South Dakota poets who also select the Editor for Pasque Petals, oversee its annual state-wide poetry contest (now in its 38th year), and assist with the South Dakota Festival of Books.
Past Poet Laureates and the years they served:
- Lee Ann Roripaugh: 2015-2019
- David Allen Evans: 2001-2015
- Audrae Visser: 1974-2001
- Mabel Frederick: 1973
- Adeline Jenny: 1958-1973
- Badger Clark: 1937-1957
About Christine Stewart-Nuñez
The English Department at South Dakota State University is home to South Dakota’s seventh state poet laureate, Christine Stewart-Nuñez. Dr. Stewart, a writer, professor, and mother of two, is fueled by painting and sculpture, international travel, medical science, world history, and tensions in contemporary culture. She writes at the intersection of experience and research to figure life out. Find out more on Dr. Stewart's website.
Bluewords Greening (Terrapin Books 2016), the 2018 Whirling Prize Winner (Etchings Press)
Untrussed (University of New Mexico Press 2016)
Keeping Them Alive (WordTech Editions 2010)
Postcard on Parchment (ABZ Press 2008)
Snow, Salt, Honey (Red Dragonfly Press 2012)
Unbound & Branded (Finishing Line Press 2006)
The Love of Unreal Things (Finishing Line Press 2005)