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Madelyn Camrud

Nov 19, 2020
NDSU Press

Madelyn Camrud has lived all but nine months of her life in North Dakota. She received degrees in visual arts and creative writing from The University of North Dakota. She taught in the English department before taking a position at the North Dakota Museum of Art, where she served as director of Audience Development. Camrud's poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Kalliope, Painted Bride Quarterly, Descant, and others. Two of her poems were chosen to air on Garrison Keillor's "Writers Almanac." In the spring of 2005, North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode named Camrud an Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota.  She has published two books of poetry with New Rivers Press, “This House is Full of Cracks” and “Oddly Beautiful”,  and “Songs of Horses and Lovers,” from the NDSU Press.

Shadd Piehl -- "Masks"

Sep 29, 2020
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;

Jamie Parsley


(after Bertold Brecht)

After these
dark times

will we
still sing?

Yes, we
will sing.

We will sing
loudly and clearly

about these
dark times.

Emily Vieweg -- "Jungle Gym"

Sep 28, 2020

Text of the poem is below.

More about Emily here.
and her new book here.

Jungle Gym 

I feel like I’m failing – 

galloping down a metal slide, 

thighs burning from the sticking –


Remember this feeling:

It is 98 degrees in St. Louis

in August and you are just trying 

to play at recess

when The Gorilla dares you to climb

The Burleigh County Senior Center was faced with how to program for seniors in a pandemic -- writing poems inspired by memories turned out to be not only doable but a great project.  Lisa Bennett (Senior center staff) reads three of the poems for us, and we hear an evocative description from Alicia Underlee Nelson, who interviewed several participants (her report is also below).

1969 and Memory and Forgetting

Mar 20, 2020
Poppy Mills

Cassandra Rostvedt does 1969 by Alex Dimitrov, Skylar Longtin does Let It Be Forgotten and Gabi Oberg does I Remember, I Remember.  Good performances, no viruses.

Poetry Out Loud 2020 North Dakota's Winners

Feb 27, 2020
Poppy Mills

They were forecasting high winds and 3 to 5 inches, some of the high schools might not make it, but the competitors, coaches, parents and friends made their way to Bismarck for the statewide showdown.  You might be thinking Class B basketball, but it was North Dakota's 2020 Poetry Out Loud statewide finals.  In the dramatic theatre at the Heritage Center, with the audience in steeply raked seating, 17 poetry champions (2 schools did cancel) recited 2 poems, by recognized, published poets, one from before 1900.  A panel of judges quickly scored each performance on understanding, physical pr

Emily Vieweg's Book is Coming + A Proto-Sonnet

Jul 11, 2019
Adrianne Mathiowetz Photograph

Bill Thomas asks Emily Vieweg (Fargo poet) what is coming up for her. She talks about working on a complete book of her poems so far (and how a grant has helped), and also about her project to convert 30 poems into sonnets.  Then we hear her read one of the poems that is not yet a sonnet. 


Emily Vieweg, a poet living in Fargo, got a commission from the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre to write a poem responding to their production of "The Laramie Project." That play is a work of documentary theatre about the murder of Matthew Shepard. She speaks with Bill Thomas about the process, and then we hear her reading of the poem.

This piece is funded in part by The Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

Poetry Out Loud 2019

Mar 14, 2019

March 17 at 5pm:

Hear students' presentations and behind-the-scenes interviews from this year's North Dakota Poetry Out Loud contest.