USD literary organization hosts reader, poetry slam

USD literary organization hosts reader, poetry slam
The Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), a literary organization at The University of South Dakota, invites you to attend a reading and poetry slam on Thursday, June 29, at the Coffee Shop Gallery, 24 W. Main Street, downtown Vermillion, from 7 to 9 p.m. The night's featured reader will be author and professor of English at USD, Ed Allen, who will read selections from his work. Allen's reading will be followed by a poetry slam, a competition for poets. Those planning to participate in the slam should bring at least three poems. Prizes will be awarded. As always, the VLP poetry slam is free and open to the public.

Allen has published two novels, Straight Through the Night and Mustang Sally, as well as The Hands-on Fiction Handbook and a sonnet collection, 67 Mixed Messages. Mustang Sally was recently adapted into a movie for the Showtime network, entitled Easy Six. Allen's short fiction and poetry have appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, GQ, Story, Prairie Schooner and The Indiana Review.

In 2003 his collection of stories, Ate It Anyway, was named co-winner of the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award.

VLP member and sometime slam master Doug Murano said VLP poetry slams are a fun and easy way to experience the wealth of talent the local literary scene has to offer.

"I think there's an unfortunate attitude floating around out there that you have to drive to metropolitan areas to have a meaningful cultural experience, but there are some wonderfully gifted local writers producing marvelous work just down the street. VLP poetry slams not only let you in on some of the best kept secrets in the literary community, but you may also be surprised to discover that a passionate, talented artist lives next door to you," Murano said. ��

For more information email �or call 605-677-5229.

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