Feb. 6, 2009
South Dakota poet laureate David Allan Evans will give a reading of his work at Morningside College at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the UPS Auditorium in Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave.
The public is invited to this free event, which is sponsored by the “Kiosk” Magazine Visiting Writers Series.
Evans recently retired from South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he was a professor of English and writer in residence for many years. He is the author of eight collections of poetry and the writer or editor of six other books. He has written more than 250 poems that have been published or are forthcoming in such publications as “North American Review,” “Esquire” and “The New York Times." His poems, short stories and essays also have been reprinted in more than 75 anthologies and textbooks.
He was the first South Dakotan to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and he has been a Fulbright Scholar to China on two different occasions. He received the 2009 Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement in the Arts.
A Sioux City native, Evans got his start in college on a football scholarship. Later he earned his bachelor’s degree from Morningside College, and by this time, he was writing poetry. He went on to complete a master’s degree in English from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The “Kiosk” Magazine Visiting Writers Series, which began in 1998, brings nationally published poets, novelists and short story writers to Sioux City. The series’ creator and coordinator is Stephen Coyne, professor of English at Morningside College.