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Mount Marty College to Hold Fall Commencement on December 15th

Published Date12\11\2012
James Reese, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at the Fall Commencement exercises to be held at Mount Marty College. Speaking to more than 70 students receiving various degrees, his message will be, "Appetite is the Road to Life and Culture." The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Marian Auditorium, 1105 West 8th Street, Yankton.

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers' Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; and Editor-in-Chief of PADDLEFISH. Reeseā€™s poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently in New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Paterson Literary Review, Louisiana Literature Review, Connecticut Review, and elsewhere. His book ghost on 3rd (NYQ Books 2010) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in letters by New York Quarterly Books and was a Finalist for the 2010 Milt Kessler Poetry Award. Other recent awards include a 2012 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and a 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of Reese's exemplary dedication and contributions to the Education Department at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp. Since 2008, Reese has been one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Art's interagency initiative with Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Reese and his family live in Yankton, South Dakota. For more information about Reese's work visit www.jimreese.org.