Great Plains Writers' Tour

 Acclaimed writers at our doorstep!

True to our Catholic Benedictine values, Mount Marty University hosts the Great Plains Writers' Tour (GPWT), which brings award-winning professional writers to campus for readings, discussions, and class workshops each year. Established in 2007, the writers’ tour explores various elements of the arts and humanities, such as poetry, prose presentations, and storytelling.

For Mount Marty, the writers’ tour continues our heritage of a well-rounded, liberal arts education and our commitment to lifelong learning. Our guest authors are carrying on a tradition of rich storytelling rooted in Midwestern and Plains culture. Since its inception, we’ve welcomed such greats as former United States poet laureate Ted Kooser, American Book Award winner Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, David Lee, and William Kloefkorn.

For more information regarding upcoming GPWT dates, please email Dr. Jim Reese.

This Year's Great Plains' Writers

march

Chris Vondracek, Journalist and Agriculture Reporter for the Star Tribune

Lori Walsh, South Dakota Public Broadcasting Host and Senior Producer of "In the Moment"

april

Dr. Seema Sehgal

Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award Winner and Social Activist

October

Mary Woster Haug, Writer & Editor

Past Great Plains' Writers

february

Kevin Carey, Writer & Filmmaker

march

Geitner Simmons, Deputy Opinions Editor of the Omaha World Herald

april

Kelly Hertz, Journalist & Editor of the Yankton Press and Dakotan

september

Fritzi Horstman, Sept. 2021 Grammy award-winning producer and Founder & Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project

September

Jamie Sullivan & John Sibley Williams

march

Dante Di Stefano, Kent Meyers, Raymond Hammond & Bernie Hunhoff

october

Mark Sanders, Sara Henning & Kim Verhines

march

Jim Daniels

april

Allen Eskens

november

Stephen Coyne, Christine Stewart-Nuñez & Debra Marguart

march

Gailmarie Pahmeier & David Lee

september

Ted Kooser

march

Charles Bowden & Molly Molloy

october

Patrick Hicks & Joe Weil

february

Dan O'Brien

march

Writing for Transformative Justice

november

Maria Mazziotti Gillan

february

David Lee & Neil Harrison

april

George Bilgere

september

William Trowbridge

October

Sarah McKinstry-Brown & Marge Saiser

november

Lisa Sandlin & Barbara Schmitz

February

Kent Meyers

march

Neil Harrison & Don Welch

october

Daryl Farmer

October

Vivian Shipley

march

Maria Mazziotte Gillan

september

Brian Bedard & John Price

october

Dave Pichaske & Patrick Hicks