‘Get a life’

'Get a life' Author Linda Hasselstrom addresses Saturday's USD winter commencement exercises held in the DakotaDome. by David Lias Poet, essayist and author Linda Hasselstrom of Cheyenne, WY, told University of South Dakota graduates Saturday she had a rosy vision of the future when she received her degree from USD years ago.

It turns out, she said, that her career as a writer has been successful in a large part because she founded her own press and magazine and began holding workshops in writing and publishing.

"Getting a life consists of brief periods of excitement followed by long periods of routine," Hasselstrom said. "But I've learned that if I really pay attention, none of that time is wasted."

Hasselstrom was born in 1943 in Texas, moved to South Dakota in 1947, and considers herself a Dakotan. She graduated from The University of South Dakota, and taught in Columbia, MO, where she received an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Missouri.

After�her return to South Dakota in 1971, she worked on the family ranch,�founded a press and a magazine, and conducted workshops in writing and publishing.

She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; was named to the�South Dakota Hall of Fame, and received the Governor's Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement.

She has written and published 11 books, acted as editor of several more, and her work has been published in collections and periodicals. She now lives in Cheyenne, WY, and conducts writing retreats for women.

"It's important to understand as fully as we are able, the consequences of our actions," she said. "May you be aware of your every action, and may you learn from every mistake you make."

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