State poet laureate to read at state library

State poet laureate to read at state library The state library will host a poetry reading by South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allen Evans on Monday, April 7 in celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week. A reception with refreshments will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

"April is National Poetry Month and April 6-12 is National Library Week. As the newly appointed poet laureate of our state, Professor Evans is an active promoter of poetry and libraries," said State Librarian Suzanne Miller. "It is a pleasure to host this reading. An enjoyable evening of poetry and refreshments is an excellent way to celebrate these two important events."

Evans was born in Sioux City, IA. He has degrees from Morningside College and the Universities of Iowa and Arkansas. He has won writing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bush Artist Foundation, and has twice been a Fulbright Scholar to China. He lives in Brookings, where he is a professor of English and Writer in residence at South Dakota State University.

He is the author of five books of poems and three books of essays, and his writings have been reprinted in over 60 anthologies. Recent books include Decent Dangers and Hanging Out with the Crows. In spring 2002 he was appointed South Dakota's Poet Laureate. Lately he has been writing poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as trying to find connections between the biological sciences and the arts and humanities.

The South Dakota State Library provides free library services to all South Dakotans, through either their local libraries or directly. Alternative formats (such as Braille and audio) are also available.

South Dakotans without local libraries may request books and other library services directly from the state library by calling 1-800-423-6665, via the Internet at http://www.sdstateli or by writing to the South Dakota State Library, 800 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501-2294.

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