Topics: Environment, History, Poetry, South Dakota, Writing
Program Types: One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau, Virtual Program(s)
Heart of the Prairie: Stories of Ranching Life in South Dakota, From Homesteading to Preserving the Prairie
Roseland works land homesteaded by his great-grandparents and shares stories about the changes in ranch/farm life across the generations. His stories are in the form of free verse poetry from his book Heart of the Prairie. Roseland will read a poem and encourage discussion of the group’s experiences of changes in rural living. He describes his research on prairie preservation and how involvement in conservation informs his writing, and explains the craft of writing grounded poetry. Participants are welcome to bring a poem of their own to read and discuss.
Cowman: Stories of Ranching Life Across Generations in South Dakota
Fourth-generation rancher, Bruce Roseland, shares stories about challenges and blessings of ranch life from his grandparents and parents, and what he learned about qualities of character most needed today. His stories are in the form of free verse poetry from his Will Rogers Award-winning book, Cowman. Bruce reads poems and encourages discussion of the group’s own experiences in surviving and thriving the rural life. He also explains the craft of writing grounded poetry. Participants are welcome to bring their poems to read and discuss.