Bedard will kick off the evening, with the slam immediately to follow. Slam poets should bring at least three poems; prizes will be awarded to the winning slam poets. For more information about poetry slams, see http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit/vlpslam.cfm.
Bedard received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English from the University of Utah. He is a professor of English at The University of South Dakota. He also directs the creative writing program at USD and serves as editor of the South Dakota Review.
Bedard received the 2005 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for short fiction from Snake Nation Press for Grieving on the Run, a short story collection, to be published by Snake Nation Press sometime this year. His short stories have been published nationwide in magazines such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, The MacGuffin, North Dakota Quarterly, Quarterly West, and Snake Nation Review.
His story, News from Nevada, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2003. His earlier story collection, Hour of the Beast, was published by Chariton Review Press.
For more information, contact Annie Christain at Annie.Christain@usd.edu.
The Vermillion Literary Project is a student organization at The University of South Dakota that publishes a literary magazine and hosts a variety of literary events for the USD community and the general public. For more information, visit http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit or call 605-677-5229.