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A Harvest of Words:
Contemporary South Dakota Poetry
A New South Dakota History, 2nd Edition

Edited by Augustana College’s Writer-in-Residence, Patrick Hicks

Retail price, $24.95

New and selected poetry by…

David Allan Evans
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Lydia Whirlwind Soldier
Jeanne Emmons
Patrick Hicks
Allison Hedge Coke
Debra Nystrom
Leo Dangel
Jim Reese
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Dennis Sampson
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Linda Hasselstrom

For the very first time, some of South Dakota’s best poets have been gathered together into one book. A Harvest of Words offers an excellent snapshot of poetic life as it currently exists in the state and each of these literary artists has been given an entire chapter to showcase their award-winning work. These are poets at the top of their game. Their work illuminates what it means to come from this state, from this region, and from this country.

“I’m very impressed by the rich variety of poets and poetry in this anthology—a book which I think is long overdue. The writers, all of whom know South Dakota well, can’t help but write about things near at hand and yet their range and scope are not bound by the state’s physical dimensions. The editor, Patrick Hicks, a well-traveled and accomplished author himself, hasn’t lived long in the state—a fact that, combined with his close familiarity with many different literary and cultural perspectives, gives him a unique vantage point. This ‘harvest of poems’ deserves a large audience, both inside and outside South Dakota.”

—David Allan Evans
Poet Laureate of South Dakota

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Read the press release about the book.

A Harvest of Words has been chosen as one of 21 books of significance to South Dakota! It is number nine on the list.

A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry, edited by Augustana Writer-in -Residence Patrick Hicks, is a finalist for a High Plains Book Award in the “best poetry” category.

The Parmly Billings Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan