Skip to main content

David Dwyer Papers


David Dwyer Papers


MA 47.1


David Dwyer




2.0 linear feet (2 records center boxes)


David Dwyer was a poet and husband of Kathleen Norris. This collection is composed of Dwyer's works as a poet. Included are published works of poetry as well as other writings.

Finding Aid

Download Finding aid and Container List

Collection Summary




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . David Dwyer Papers. MA 47.1. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Biographical Note

Poet David Dwyer grew up just north of New York City and commuted to high school in Manhattan. He moved from New York City to Lemmon, South Dakota with his wife, writer Kathleen Norris, when she inherited her maternal grandparents’ farm.

Dwyer’s first collection of poetry, “Ariana Olisvos: Her Last Works and Days,” won the Juniper Prize and was published in 1976 by the University of Massachusetts Press. His second book of poetry, “Other Men and Other Women,” was completed after receiving a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It was published in 1988 by Sandhills Press, Ord, Nebraska. Dwyer also published numerous poems in anthologies and literary magazines such as “The New York Quarterly,” “The Agni Review,” and “The Virginia Quarterly Review.”

David Dwyer died in 2003 at the age of 57 after a lengthy illness.


This collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1. General

Series 2. Published works

Series 3. Writings

Folders are arranged in alphabetical order within each series.

Contents Note

This collection is primarily composed of Dwyer's works as a poet. Included are published works of poetry as well as other writings.


Ariana Olisvos: Her Last Works and Days 
Publication Date: 1976

Other Men and Other Women 
Publication Date: 1988

Key Words

American poetry -- 20th century

Dwyer, David

Middle West -- Poetry

Poets, American -- 20th century

Poets, American -- South Dakota

Container List

View container list on Open Prairie

David Dwyer Papers Container List. MA 47.1
1. General11Article: Presenting ... David Dwyer, writer1987
1. General12Article: Resident Writers get State's Name into Wide Print,' by Ann Grauvogl1988
1. General13Awards: The Juniper Prize - David Dwyer's book 'Ariana Olisvos: Her Last Works and Days' ...1976
1. General14Correspondence: Osborne, Ken1977
1. General15Dakota Arts Quarterly (DAQ)1979
1. General16David Dwyer Papers - List of Files2011
1. General17Fair Copies to Submit to Magazines1988
1. General18Glen Falls, NY artist-in-residence1986
1. General19Literary Resumeundated
1. General110Submissions (current)1990
2. Published works111Book: 'Ariana Olisvos - Her Last Works and Days' - University of Massachusetts Press, 19761976
2. Published works112Book: 'Ariana Olisvos: Her Last Works and Days' - Correspondence1973-1976
2. Published works113Book: 'Other Men and Other Women' - Sandhills Press, Inc., 19881988
2. Published works114Poetry: 'After the War - A Vision for Kathleen' - The Agni Review, Number 12, 1980, page 741980
2. Published works115Poetry: 'Ariana Olisvos: Her Works & Days' - The New York Quarterly, Number 16, 1974, Page 611974
2. Published works116Poetry: 'Ariana Olisvos - work & dyas/prologos' - The New York Quarterly, Number 13, Page 1201973
2. Published works117Poetry: 'Cold Comfort' and 'Vanessa' - The Agni Review, Number 10/11, 1979, Page 52-531979
2. Published works118Poetry: 'Diamond Head: Instead of Another Elegy' - The Agni Review, Number 15, 1981, Page 141981
2. Published works119Poetry: 'Examination of Conscience' - The American Benedictine Review, Volume 56, Number 1, March 2005, Page 412005
2. Published works120Poetry: 'The Higher Arithmetic' and 'The Reason Why' - Ergo! The Bumbershoot Literary Magazine, Volume 4, Page 40-411989
2. Published works121Poetry: 'The Higher Arithmetic' / 'The Middle of Nowhere' / 'Love and Poetry at Ground Zero' - Prairie Volcano - An Anthology of North Dakota Writing, Martha Meek and Jay Meek, editors, Dacotah Territory Press/St. Ives Press, 1995, Page 45-631995
2. Published works122Poetry: ' Metaphysics' - The Virginia Quarterly Review, Volume 62, Number 4, Page 6111986
2. Published works123Poetry: 'Natural Theology in the Garden: a Vision in Daggerel' - Swallow's Tale Magazine, Number 3, 1984, Page 11984
2. Published works124Poetry: 'Near Death' / 'Persophone' - Aphra - The Feminist Literary Magazine, Volume 5, Number 2, Page 50-531974
2. Published works125Poetry: 'Old Books' - The Virginia Quarterly Review, Volume 65, Number 3, Summer 1969, Page 4501969
2. Published works126Poetry: 'Old Lovers Drinking Together' - The Agni Review, Number 20, 1984, Page 9-121984
2. Published works127Poetry: 'Poem on Her Birthday' - The Iowa Review, Volume 5, Number 1, Page 141974
2. Published works128Poetry: 'Quantum Mechanics: Another Love Poem' / 'The Railroad Station at Sabattis, NY' / 'Metaphysics' - The Decade Dance: A Celebration of Poems, edited by Mark Sanders, Sandhills Press, Inc., Page 42-451991
2. Published works129Poetry: 'Quantum Mechanics: Another Love Poem' / 'Lee Gerlach' - The Agni Review, Volume 27, Page 187-1891998
2. Published works130Poetry: 'The Railroad Station at Sabattis, NY' - South Dakota Review, Volume 25, Number 2, Page 54-551987
2. Published works131Poetry: 'The Railroad Station at Sabattis, NY' - The Bloomsbury Review, Volume 11, Issue 5, Page 31991
3. Writings132Canticle of Middle Age / Litany1991
3. Writings133Current Verseundated
3. Writings134Finished verse to submit and samplesundated
3. Writings135However Many Worlds There Are Collectionundated
3. Writings136Kir Royaleundated
3. Writings137Miscellaneous Lemmonundated
3. Writings138Miscellaneous Lemmonundated
3. Writings139Miscellaneous notes, poemsundated
3. Writings140Miscellaneous Prose2001
3. Writings141Morning Mistundated
3. Writings142New York Work, notes, miscellaneousundated
3. Writings143Other Men and Other Women1988
3. Writings21Poetry: 'Last Lines'1992
3. Writings22Prairie Winds (SD)undated
3. Writings23Provident Life, etc.undated
3. Writings24Some of What Blood Will Tell1988
3. Writings25Trains, etc.undated
3. Writings26Translation of 'Plays of St. Therese of Lisieux: Pious Recreations'1992
3. Writings27Unreasonable Gestures1988
3. Writings28Verseundated
3. Writings29Verse1993
3. Writings210Verse Finished After OM & OW (Other Men & Other Women)1987
3. Writings211Verse - notes, typescripts, etc.undated
3. Writings212Verse - Travelundated
3. Writings213Virginia Woolf: A Conversation & A Tale Out of School1973
3. Writings214Working Verse Notes1987

Administrative Information

Legal Status

Kathleen Norris retains the literary rights, including copyright, to this material. Patrons wishing to publish from this material must obtain permission directly from Kathleen Norris. For further information, consult with the staff.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt. C.A., Staff Archivist, May 3, 2013.

Additions were made by Ruby Wilson, May 31, 2017.