Poet to speak at USD April 13

Poet to speak at USD April 13 Poet Tiffany Midge will present a reading and speak to students at The University of South Dakota on Wednesday, April 3. Midge's reading, scheduled for 2 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall, is free and open to the public.

She will also speak to American literature students at 9 a.m. in Room 169 of the Churchill Haines building, and will present a writing workshop at 11 a.m. in the Rushmore Rooms of the Coyote Student Center on the USD campus in Vermillion.

"Midge's poetry describes her life and that of her extended family on the reservation and in the city of Seattle," said USD English Professor Norma Wilson.

An enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Midge was born in 1965 and grew up in the Northwest. Her mother is Hunkpapa; her father is of German ancestry.

She won the Diane Decorah Award in 1994 for her book Outlaws, Renegades and Saints, published in 1996 by Greenfield Review Press.

Praising the book, noted American Indian filmmaker Sherman Alexie said, "Listen to this woman, she's got stories we all need to hear."

Midge's visit is being held in conjunction with American Indian Awareness Week. Sponsors include: the Institute of American Studies; USD English Department; the IdEA and TRIO programs at The University of South Dakota; and the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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