Milton conference at USD Feb. 20-22 Established in 1998 to remember and celebrate the life and work of USD English professor and South Dakota Review founder John R. Milton, this year's conference will bring together a group of poets, fiction and creative-non-fiction writers, and scholars from diverse regions of the United States.
The conference, scheduled Feb. 20, 21 and 22, will feature panels, readings, lectures, book signings, and social gatherings.
The only credentials participants need are an interest in creative writing and an enthusiasm for literature and the power of the written word.
A vibrant and diverse roster of highly-regarded writers will present panels on topics such as environmental/regional literature, and editing literary journals, as well as give public readings of their own poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction in Old Main's elegant Farber Hall. The writing faculty includes Ed Allen, David Allan Evans, Robert Roripaugh, LeeAnn Roripaugh, Alyson Hagy, Brian Bedard, Diane Glancy and Allison Joseph.
Writing faculty will be available throughout the conference to sign copies of books and to talk with conference participants. In addition, some hands-on writing experiences for conference participants will be available through workshops offered concurrently as part of the annual Vermillion Literary Project Poetry Festival.
The John R. Milton Writers Conference is sponsored by the USD College of Arts and Sciences, the USD English Department, USD Book and Supply, The South Dakota Review, the John R. Milton Foundation, and the Wayne S. and Esther M. Knutson Foundation.