'Thank You' to our 2019 N.D. Book Fest Sponsors
Ellendale Historic Opera House
Ellendale Area Arts Council
Ellendale Historical Society
Workshops: Workshops are $10 and all four for $25 All workshops are 90 minutes.
Saturday 1:00 Jamee Larson Writers workshop
Saturday 2:45 Bonnie Larson Staiger Poetry workshop
Sunday 9:00 Tom Isern "Going to the Source: How to Research Anything" 90 minutes
Sunday 11:00 Suzzanne Kelley "Partnering with Your Publisher" 90 minutes
In conjunction with the North Dakota Book Festival on November 3rd at the Historic Opera House, there will be four workshops. The cost of these workshops is $10 for each one or $25 for all four. We are very pleased to announce the following exceptional instructors for these classes.
To sign-up, call Ken Schmierer at 701 349 2490. Mail check to Ken Schmierer at P.O. Box 73, Ellendale, North Dakota 58436.
Please make checks out to the ND Book Festival. Class openings are limited so get your checks in the mail. All workshops are 90 minutes.
Saturday, November 2, 1 p.m. - Jamee Larson Creative Writing workshop
Jamee Larson earned her B.A. in English (Writing Emphasis) and M.F.A in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction Emphasis) from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, she teaches Composition II at NDSU and Composition I and Technical Writing at MSUM. She also is a feature writer for the FM Extra Newspaper in Moorhead.
Saturday, November 2, 2:45 p.m. - Bonnie Larson Staiger Poetry workshop
Bonnie Larson Staiger is a North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate, the recipient of the inaugural ‘Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Award’ (North Dakota State University Press 2018) and the Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite/Category Poetry (2019) for her debut collection, Destiny Manifested. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, literary journals and publications.
Sunday, November 3, 9 a.m. - Tom Isern "Going to the Source: How to Research Anything"
Tom Isern, with more than 40 years as a working historian and regional author, transitions from the close confines of historical archives into the prairie landscapes of the Northern Plains. His latest work Pacing Dakota speaks with the mingled voices of scholarly historian, outdoor sportsman, culinary enthusiast, lifelong Lutheran and prairie farmboy.
Sunday, November 3, 11 a.m. - Suzzanne Kelley "Partnering with Your Publisher"
Originally from Alaska, Suzzanne Kelley now lives in West Fargo and works in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. She is editor-in-chief of North Dakota State University Press and also teaches courses about publishing as assistant professor of practice. She has directed the publication of more than 60 books of scholarly and literary non-fiction, fiction and poetry, mostly in physical forms but also digital. She writes, teaches and publishes, along with conducting her own lines of research in memory and memory art topics.
All workshops will be held at the Historic Ellendale Opera House. The Sunday morning workshops will be followed by the Book Festival at 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for a small charge.
If you have any questions, contact Ken Schmierer at 701-349-2490 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Opera House Gallery and Lobby
Master of Ceremonies Suzzanne Kelley NDSU press
Book Sellers Grant Crabtree and Deb Elhard
Food Managers Betty Martin and Arlene Steiger
- Matt Valan, Sister Secrets: A Brother's Reveal North Dakota State University Press, 2018 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 105 pages Sister Secrets: A Brother¿s Reveal is a study in regret and hope for living with family members who suffer from mental illness, in this case, two sisters who grew up in the Red River Valley during a time when mental health was seldom considered part of a wellness plan. One sister is dead. The other is in prison. Sister Secrets is written by their brother, Matthew Valan, who examines family dynamics¿farm life in rural North Dakota and Minnesota
- Madelyn Camrud, Songs of Horses and Lovers Madelyne Camrud have 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.
- Rebecca Bender, Still a former securities litigator in Minnesota, now works with children, first as a volunteer Cub Scout den leader and then t-ball coach, and more recently as a substitute teacher. Some things have never changed for her: enjoyment of history and hearing uplifting stories, taking pride in family and Jewish traditions, gratefulness and appreciation for life in America,
- Tom Isern, Pacing Dakota Pacing Dakota is a collection of essays reflecting on the history and culture of the Great Plains of North America. The author, with more than forty years as a working historian and regional author, transitions from the close confines of historical archives into the prairie landscapes of the northern plains. Pacing Dakota speaks with the mingled voices of a scholarly historian, outdoor sportsman, culinary enthusiast, lifelong Lutheran, and prairie farmboy
- Sharon Chmielarz The J Horoscope ( re-imaginng of stories from Genesis Chmielarz was born and raised in Mobridge, South Dakota She has had eight books published and has been a finalist in the National Poetry Series, nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize and featured in American Life in Poetry. Chmielarz's poems are published in several literary Review, Water~Stone, Kalliope, Ascent, Margie, The Hudson Review, magazines including The Laurel Review, The Iowa Commonweal, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, The Seneca Review, Louisiana Literature, and many others.
- Dave Solheim. David Solheim had a teaching career of over 30 years, the majority of his time at Dickinson State, where he too is an Emeritus Professor of English. He also conducted numerous public programs in the state through his association with the ND Humanities Council and the ND Council on the Arts. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the ND Council of Teachers of English and in 2003 The Distinguished Teacher of the Year from DSU. In 2011 he taught for a semester at Northwest University of Forestry and Agriculture near Xian in north-central China. Solheim also received the John Hove Memorial Writing Fellowship and in 1989 was the ND Statehood Centennial Poet. He continues as an Emeritus Associate Poet Laureate of ND. Solheim has published poetry, and a few short articles, in many periodicals and had his work included in 5 anthologies, most recently North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets.
- Bonnie Larson Staiger Bonnie Larson Staiger is an North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate, the recipient of the inaugural ‘Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Award’ (North Dakota State University Press 2018) and the Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite/Category Poetry (2019) for her debut collection, Destiny Manifested. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, literary journals, and publications. She thrives on the Great Plains not far from the Badlands of North Dakota. There she often writes of the poignant subtleties of life on the high plains of the New American West as well as a view of the world observed from and shaped by that place
- Denise Lajimodiere Denise has 35 years of experience in the field of education. A former elementary teacher and principal, she currently works as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. Her current research agenda is interviewing American Indian Boarding School survivors. Other research interests include Native female leadership and Japanese Internment camps located on reservations during WWII.Denise is President of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (N-NABS-HC).As a Birch Bark Biting artist, Denise's work can currently be found at Red Door Gallery in Wahpeton, ND, and the Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN. Her work traveled throughout Minnesota as part of Mni Sota Reflections of Time and Place
- Angela Smith Ph.D. Associate Professor of History a North Dakota State University Angela J. Smith, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of History at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota where she teaches public history, digital history, museum studies, and twentieth-century American History. Originally from middle Tennessee, Dr. Smith has led two public history field schools to small towns in North Dakota, created three major local history exhibits, four local history documentaries, a walking tour, and an ever-evolving local history website called the Fargo History Project (http://www.fargohistory.com). She is also the author of a biography of John Beecher, a radical twentieth-century poet, entitled Here I Stand, the Life and Legacy of John Beecher. Her current research looks at the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century sex trade in Fargo, North Dakota through the lens of a local African American madam, Melvina Massey.
- Christine Stewart Nunez, a Professor of English at South Dakota State University, is the South Dakota Poet Laureate (2019-2023). She’s the author of four poetry books: Untrussed (University of New Mexico Press 2016), Bluewords Greening (Terrapin Books 2016), Keeping Them Alive (WordTech 2010), and Postcard on Parchment (ABZ Press 2008). Her work has appeared in Arts & Letters, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah among other magazines.
- Molly P. Rozum, Molly P. Rozum is associate professor and Ronald M. Nelson Chair of Great Plains and South Dakota history at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She teaches courses on United States women, the Great Plains, the American West, and South Dakota. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests center on comparative United States-Canadian northern grasslands, and her book, Grasslands Grown: Sense of Place and Regional Identity on North America’s Canadian Prairies and American Plains, 1870–1950, is forthcoming. Rozum is a native of Mitchell, South Dakota.
- Jamee Larson earned her B.A. in English (Writing Emphasis) and M.F.A in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction Emphasis) from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, Mrs. Larson is teaching Composition II at NDSU and Composition I and Technical Writing at MSUM. She is also a feature writer for the FM Extra Newspaper in Moorhead. When not doting on her nieces and nephews, Mrs. Larson enjoys basketball (Go Heat) and is working on revising a memoir to submit for publication.
Suzzanne Kelley will serve as master of ceremonies. Originally from Alaska, Suzzanne now lives in West Fargo and works in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. She is editor-in-chief of North Dakota State University Press and also teaches courses about publishing as assistant professor of practice. She has directed the publication of more than 60 books of scholarly and literary nonfiction, fiction and poetry, mostly in physical forms but also digital. She writes, teaches and publishes, along with conducting her own lines of research in memory and memory art topics.