Great Plains Writers' Tour
Acclaimed writers at our doorstep!
True to our Catholic Benedictine values, Mount Marty College 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.
Past Great Plains Writers
March 2017 Jim Daniels
Nov. 2016 Stephen Coyne, Christine Stewart-Nuñez & Debra Marguart
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