A Desert of Snow

North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode and Associate Poet Laureate Rick Watson will present “A Desert of Snow,” an evening of songs, readings and improvisations, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium on the campus of Jamestown College. The event is free and open to the public.

Woiwode, Writer in Residence at Jamestown College since 2006, has received numerous honors for his novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, and poetry. He had two new books published in 2011: a collection of essays and a novel. “Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture,” deals with topics including Scripture translation, the place of religion in education, and the news. “The Invention of Lefse” is the story of an early-1900s Norwegian farm girl preparing for Christmas on the prairie. His recent work also appears in “West of 98,” an anthology of essays about the American West; and “An Endless Skyway,” an anthology of poems by American Poet Laureates.

Watson, poet and folk singer/songwriter, teaches pop culture, communication arts and music history at Minot State University and has a new book of poetry, “The Lost Colony,” available. He is a retired Lutheran pastor.

Woiwode and Watson have collaborated at bookstores, schools and other venues over the past few years.

“Rick has set some of my poems to music,” Woiwode says. “We have some sections in the program where I speak and he plays music, and we improvise and have good conversation to amuse the audience.”

A reception and book/CD signing will follow the program. The event is sponsored by the Jamestown College Convocation Committee in collaboration with the Friends of the Fine Arts.

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