News Release


Great Plains Writers Tour Presents Dan OBrien

Published Date1\29\2013
Mount Marty College brings another award-winning professional writer to campus. Dan O'Brien will be sharing his experiences, writings, and undying passion for the Great Plains, at the next presentation of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour. O’Brien's presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 12th in Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Dan O'Brien is the author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Buffalo for the Broken Heart and The Contract Surgeon, winners of the Western Heritage Award for best nonfiction in 2001 and for best fiction in 1999, respectively. Buffalo for the Broken Heart was the One Book South Dakota selection for 2009. Equinox: Life, Love, and Birds of Prey, is available in a Bison Books edition.

Dan has been a wildlife biologist and rancher for more than thirty years. He is also one of the most celebrated falconers in America today and was a prime mover in the restoration of peregrine falcons in the Rocky Mountains in the 1970s and 80s. Described by the New York Times as a writer with "a keen and poetic eye..." Dan is one of the most powerful literary voices on the Plains.

Dan's background gives him a unique perspective on ranching. He has thought a lot about the interplay between rancher and ranch and the well-being of both. In buffalo, Dan found something genuinely beneficial for the landscape and the rancher who depends upon it. After converting his own ranch to buffalo, he founded the Wild Idea Buffalo Company with another small South Dakota buffalo ranch. This partnership is committed to the ecological restoration of the American grasslands and the re-introduction of large-scale buffalo herds on the northern Great Plains.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact director of the Great Plains Writers' Tour, Jim Reese, at 605-668-1362 or james.reese@mtmc.edu.