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Women Poets Collective to give reading at DWU

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Eight South Dakota poets will provide a free reading this month at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Women Poets Collective, a group of eight South Dakota poets, will be on campus at 7 p.m., Friday, March 15, for a free reading in the Knox Conference Room, located in the Rollins Campus Center. This event is open to the public.

The poets include: Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen and Pen Pearson, both of Aberdeen; Darla Biel and Erika Saunders, both of Brookings; Jeanne Emmons, McCook Lake; Marcella Remund and Norma Wilson, both of Vermillion; and Dr. Barbara Duffey, Mitchell, associate professor of English at DWU.

“Dr. Christine Stewart started the Women Poets Collective in 2015 as a workshop to encourage female-identified poets in the Dakotas and Minnesota,” Duffey said. “We’ve since seen six of our members publish books they’ve brought to the workshop and subsequently revised. I revised my second book after getting input from the WPC poets, and it went on to win the Washington Prize and be published by the Word Works, a literary nonprofit in D.C. The Women Poets Collective has been generative and supportive for my writing career.”