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
Keith Pilapil Lesmeister, Author, Founding Editor of CutLeaf and EastOver Press, and Instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College
Matt Mason, Nebraska State Poet
John Price, Author
Kent Meyers, Author
Past Great Plains' Writers
Chris Vondracek, Journalist and Agriculture Reporter for the Star Tribune
Lori Walsh, South Dakota Public Broadcasting Host and Senior Producer of "In the Moment"
Dr. Seema Sehgal
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award Winner and Social Activist
New York Times Best Selling Author Marc Cameron, Dr. Jim Reese, Dr. Stephen Bell, Javier Murguia, Josh Klimek and Jerod Abarolle, A Discussion About Cops and Criminals - Writing Facts in Fiction
Mary Woster Haug, Writer & Editor
Kevin Carey, Writer & Filmmaker
Geitner Simmons, Deputy Opinions Editor of the Omaha World Herald
Kelly Hertz, Journalist & Editor of the Yankton Press and Dakotan
Fritzi Horstman, Sept. 2021 Grammy award-winning producer and Founder & Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project
Jamie Sullivan & John Sibley Williams
Dante Di Stefano, Kent Meyers, Raymond Hammond & Bernie Hunhoff
Mark Sanders, Sara Henning & Kim Verhines
Stephen Coyne, Christine Stewart-Nuñez & Debra Marguart
Gailmarie Pahmeier & David Lee
Charles Bowden & Molly Molloy
Patrick Hicks & Joe Weil
Writing for Transformative Justice
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
David Lee & Neil Harrison
Sarah McKinstry-Brown & Marge Saiser
Lisa Sandlin & Barbara Schmitz
Neil Harrison & Don Welch
Maria Mazziotte Gillan
Brian Bedard & John Price
Dave Pichaske & Patrick Hicks