Northern State University to host series of poetry reading

Christine Stewart-Nunez

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Department of Languages, Literature and Communication Studies will host a series of poetry readings in collaboration with the SD Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Bureau.

The first poetry reading will occur at 4:30 p.m. in the NSU Beulah-Williams Library Round Room on Monday, Feb. 27, featuring the work of Dr. Pen Pearson. Pearson, NSU English faculty member currently on sabbatical, will share her work and sign copies of her chapbook, “Trespass to Chattel.” Pearson is the author of “Poetry as Liturgy: Presenting Poems in a Sacramental Sequence.”

The next engagement in the poetry reading series is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Library Round Room, featuring the poetry of Christine Stewart-Nuñez, poet and memoirist. She is the author of Untrussed (2016), Bluewords Greening (2016), Keeping Them Alive (2010) and Postcard on Parchment (2008). Her piece "An Archeology of Secrets" was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2012. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at South Dakota State University.

The final engagement in the poetry series will take place at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Library Round Room, featuring the work of the students of ENGL-478. “The brilliant and talented writers in this semester’s creative writing class will present short selections of their work,” mentioned Dr. Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen.

For more information about the poetry reading series, please contact Benkert-Rasmussen at

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