Full 2015 Schedule

39th Annual Great Plains Writers’ Conference
Inhabiting Earth: Writing, Environment, and Sustainability
March 22-24, 2015
South Dakota State University, Brookings SD

All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place in the Hobo Day Gallery/Campanile Room in the Student Union on the SDSU campus.

Sunday, March 22

6:00pm A Place to Begin: Kickoff Gathering

Food, poetry, and a brief presentation about Brookings Benchmarks by Norma Nusz Chandler of the Brookings Sustainability Council and Holly Tilton Byrne of Dakota Rural Action. Location: Dakota Nature Park Outdoor Learning Center.

Monday, March 23

10:00am “Writing, Policy, and Public Perception” A panel discussion with Kristen Iversen, Meghan Thoreau, and Frank James.

11:00am “Field, Forest & Lake: Nature Writing and the Modern Environmental Movement in the Upper Midwest” with Dale Potts

1:00pm “Writing as Place-Making” with Jessica Garcia-FritzCharles MacBride, and Sara Lum of the SDSU Architecture Department and Hilary Hungerford of the SDSU Geography Department.

2:00pm “Text in Public Spaces” withChristine Stewart-Nuñez, and “Teaching Sustainability through Adaptation and Performance” with William Christopher Brown.

3:00pm “Plunging into ‘Shibleen’” with Phyllis Cole-Dai

4:00pm Reading with Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize winner Michael Palmer and Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award winner Edward Weston, Jr.

7:00pm: Kristen Iversen: “Full Body BurdenLocation: McCrory Gardens Visitors Center.

Tuesday, March 24

10:00am “Writing about Naturalist Literature,” a panel discussion with Kathleen Danker and SDSU graduate students

11:00am Panel discussion on “Who Really Feeds the World” with Vandana Shiva and SDSU professors Meredith Redlin (Sociology), Evert Van Der Sluis (Economics), Hilary Hungerford (Geography), and Daniel Scholl (College of Agriculture)

1:00pm “The Lexicon of Sustainability” with Julie Ross

2:00pm “Magazine Writing and Sustainability” with Cory Ann Ellis

3:00pm (A): Celebration reading and presentation of the Norgren and Witherington creative writing awards for high school and middle school students.

3:00pm (B): “Storytelling in Your Voice,” a hands-on writing session with Cory Ann Ellis and Darla Bielfeldt in the Student Union Pioneer Room (SSU 265)

7:00pm: Vandana Shiva: “Who Really Feeds the World.” Presented in cooperation with the Harding Distinguished Lecture Series. Location: SDSU Performing Arts Center.