The poetry slam, a performance-based competition for poets will begin shortly after featured writer Sjolie concludes his reading. Slam poets who plan to compete should bring at least three poems. Prizes will be awarded to top poets. This December VLP poetry slam is free and open to the public.
As an associate professor of English at The University of South Dakota, Dennis Sjolie coordinates the English as a second language program and teaches courses in creative writing, altered realities, gothic literature, and Custer/Little Bighorn narratives. His short fiction appears in The Briar Cliff Review, Flesh and Blood, Happy, Midnight Times, Mudrock: Stories & Tales, Samsara, Simulacrum and Words of Wisdom.
His recently published short story Girls Like Katie Doogan has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He also publishes scholarly articles, the most recent of which appears in The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching.
The VLP poetry slam is sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project, a student literary organization at The University of South Dakota.
The VLP publishes an annual literary magazine, runs a radio show and a community writers' group and hosts a variety of literary events. For more information, visit the VLP Web site at http://www.usd.edu/~projlit or call 605-677-5229.