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Shadd Piehl -- "Masks"

Mar 2, 2021
Shadd Piehl

A fifth-generation North Dakotan, Shadd Piehl’s poetry has appeared in the anthologies, Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Cowboy Poets, Maverick Western Verse, Brushstrokes and Balladeers, and the magazines Aluminum Canoe, Pemmican, Red Weather, and Dry Crik Review, among others. A private investigator and adjunct English instructor, Shadd lives along Crown Butte Creek in the Heart River valley west of Mandan with his family.


Believe me it is much better to hide;

Emily Vieweg "The First Friday in June"

Mar 1, 2021
Starling Artistry

Text of the poem is below.

Emily Vieweg, MFA, is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Red Weather Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Art Young’s Good Morning, The Basil O’Flaherty Feminist Voices and more.

More about Emily here.
and her new book here.

The First Friday in June

A good one from director Shaka King, says Matt.

"The Little Things"

Feb 22, 2021

"Deputy Sheriff Joe 'Deke' Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles."


Feb 22, 2021

Robin Wright makes her directorial debut with “Land,” a new movie about a woman's search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness.

  Quilting is not only a beautiful and functional activity, it’s also good for your emotional health! Capital Quilters guild member Michele Doyle, joins us to discuss the guild and their 40th anniversary celebration, which will partner with the State Historical Society of ND to present a Sensational Sunday event titled, “If Quilts Could Talk, a Bed-Turning.”

Bonnie Larson Staiger is a North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate and ND Humanities Scholar. She is a recipient of the ‘Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Prize form North Dakota State University Press for her debut chapbook, Destiny Manifested which also received the ‘Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite.’ She has recently received awards from Flying South Literary Magazine, The MacGuffin’s Best of the Year Anthology, was a finalist for the Julia Darling Poetry Prize and the Great Midwest Poetry Prize.

Today marks the wide release of author, playwright, and musician Michael Patrick F. Smith's debut memoir, "The Good Hand: A Memoir of Work, Brotherhood and Transformation in an American Boomtown." (Penguin Random House)

Smith and Prairie Public's Erik Deatherage have known each other for years, from their days working in the Baltimore music scene. In this lively conversation, you'll hear about Smith's year of self-discovery in the Bakken, his admiration of a certain longtime Prairie Public music host, and the beauty of North Dakota's unforgiving landscape. We'll also premiere a song from Smith's band, also called The Good Hand, titled "Truckstop." 

Listen to their full conversation:

All the Little Stories

Feb 16, 2021

Here are all the "Little Stories" gathered by the North Dakota Council on the Arts in one hour long compilation.  Poetry, Visual Art, even quilted postcards! This project even got national attention from the Smithsonian. Find out more on the NDCA site, or just listen. 

I Still Have It in My Memory

Feb 9, 2021

Folk songs sung in the Germans-from-Russia dialect continues in the heart and mind of traditionalists like 94-year old John Gross, patriarch of the Young German Singers of southcentral North Dakota, and mentor to fellow folk singers Joe Gross, Andy Gross, Joe Johs, and Gaylynn Becker.