Author to Discuss '(re)Defining Borders' at Annual Luncheon

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Center for Western Studies at Augustana College will host its annual Members and Friends Christmas Luncheon at Noon on Saturday, Dec.11, in the Morrison Commons’ 3-in-1 Room. The event will feature a program by Dr. Patrick Hicks, associate professor of English and Augustana’s Writer-in-Residence, entitled “Harvesting Words, (re)Defining Borders and the Making of a Book.”

The cost is $15. To reserve tickets, call 605.274.4007.

Dr. Hicks edited the first anthology of contemporary South Dakota poetry, A Harvest of Words, published this year by the Center for Western Studies. This volume, which establishes the poetry canon for South Dakota, is published in honor of Herbert Krause, Augustana’s first Writer-in-Residence and founder of the Center for Western Studies.

Hicks is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer (Salmon, 2008) and This London (Salmon, 2010). His work has appeared in scores of international journals, including Utne Reader, Glimmer Train, Indiana Review, Christian Science Monitor, Natural Bridge, Commonweal, Tar River Poetry, Nimrod and many others. He has been nominated several times for the esteemed Pushcart Prize and recently won the Glimmer Train “Emerging Writer’s Fiction Award.”

Aside from being a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Hicks is the recipient of numerous grants, including one from the Bush Foundation to support his first novel, a chronicle of Auschwitz. He has lived in Northern Ireland, England, Germany and Spain. When he’s not writing, he enjoys watching thunderstorms roll across the prairie.

The Center for Western Studies is located in the Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 605.274.4007 or visit

During the month of December, visitors to the Center will receive a special 20 percent discount on everything in the CWS Book & Gift Shop.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations