VLP Poetry Slam will feature Roripaugh

VLP Poetry Slam will feature Roripaugh The Vermillion Literary Project Poetry Slam, featuring award-winning, professional writer Lee Ann Roripaugh, will be held Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m., at the Coffee Shop Gallery, 24 W. Main Street, downtown Vermillion. Prizes will be awarded to the slam winners. Slam poets should bring at least three poems. For more information about VLP poetry slams, visit http://www. usd.edu/~projlit/vlpslam.cfm.

Roripaugh�s second volume of poetry, Year of the Snake, was published by Southern Illinois University Press as part of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry. Her first volume of poetry, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books, 1999), was a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series, and was selected as a finalist for the 2000 Asian American Literary Awards.

The recipient of a 2003 Archibald Bush Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, she was also named the 2004 winner of the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, the 2001 winner of the Frederick Manfred Award for Best Creative Writing awarded by the Western Literature Association, the 1995 winner of the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize, as well as the winner of an AWP Intro Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize.

A native of Laramie, WY, she received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University. Other degrees include an M.M. in music history from Indiana University and a B.M. in piano performance from Indiana University. Her poetry and fiction have appeared or will be forthcoming in several journals, and have also been selected for inclusion in many anthologies.

Roripaugh is currently an associate professor of English.

For more information about this event and/or the Vermillion Literary Project, visit http://www.usd.edu /~projlit or call 605-677-5229.

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