Roberta Hill will present reading at USD March 14 The University of South Dakota will host Poet Roberta Hill as she presents a reading on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in the Jefferson-Washington rooms of the Coyote Student Center on the USD campus.
The event is sponsored by the USD Institute of American Indian Studies and English Department. It is funded through the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Hill's reading is free and open to the public.
Hill is a member of the Oneida Nation and grew up near Green Bay and Oneida, WI. She is the author of two books of poetry titled Star Quilt (1984) and Philadelphia Flowers (1996). Both works were published by Holy Cow! Press. In 1997, Hill became director of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her dissertation, titled "Dr. L. Rosa Minoka Hill and her 'Inconspicuous Way'," won a Native American Prose Award from the University of Nebraska Press in 1998.
USD English Professor Norma Wilson devoted a chapter of her book The Nature of Native American Poetry to Hill's poetry.
"Hill conceives of herself as an instrument through which poetry is written," said Wilson. "There is a quiet dignity in the voice of Roberta Hill, a firm footing that acknowledges the source of human life and stands in awe of its great spiritual possibilities."
Hill and Wilson will both be available to sign their books following Hill's reading.
Hill has read her poetry throughout the United States, in mainland China and Canada. She has been a poet-in-the-schools in Minnesota, Arizona, Wyoming, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Montana and Wisconsin. She has also taught creative writing on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin and on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Her work appears in all the major anthologies of Native American poetry.