Great Plains Writers Tour

Acclaimed writers at our doorstep

True to our Catholic Benedictine values, Mount Marty College hosts the Great Plains Writers' Tour, 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.

Past Great Plains Writers

Sept.       2015      An Evening with Ted Kooser

March    2015      Gailmarie Pahmeier & David Lee

Oct.         2014      Patrick Hicks & Joe Weil

March    2014      Charles Bowden & Molly Molloy

Nov.        2013      Maria Mazziotti Gillan

March    2013      Writing for Transformative Justice

Feb.         2013      Dan O'Brien

Sept.       2012      William Trowbridge

April       2012      George Bilgere

Feb.         2012      David Lee & Neil Harrison

Nov.        2011      Lisa Sandlin & Barbara Schmitz

Oct.         2011      Sarah McKinstry-Brown & Marge Saiser

March    2010      Neil Harrison & Don Welch

Oct.         2010      Daryl Farmer

Feb.         2010      Kent Meyers

Oct.         2009      Vivian Shipley

March    2008      Maria Mazziotte Gillan

Oct.         2007      Dave Pichaske & Patrick Hicks

Sept.       2007      Brian Bedard & John Price