March Artists & Authors presentation

The VPL’s Artist & Authors series will host author and poet Frank Pommersheim on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public, and takes place in the Kozak Community Room.

Pommersheim writes extensively in the field of Indian law.  He is the author of Braid of Feathers (American Indian Law and Contemporary Tribal Life), Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution, more than 40 law review articles, and more than 125 judicial opinions.  His newest book entitled Tribal Justice: 25 Years as a Tribal Appellate Justice came out in 2015.

Professor Pommersheim has received the University of South Dakota Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center Reconciliation Award, and the John Wesley Jackson Award as the Outstanding Professor of Law.  He has also been nominated for the University of South Dakota President’s Award for Research Excellence. In the fall of 2016, Frank received the Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Award from the SD Humanities Council.

Frank is also a poet.  His most recent chapbook is Local Memory and Karma (The Buddha Correspondence, Vol. 2).

February Artists & Authors

February’s Artists & Authors series brings author Travis Gulbrandson to the Library to discuss his recently published novel, “A Marble Heart”.

“A Marble Heart” tells the true story of Julia Anna Baker, who ran children’s homes across the Midwest for personal financial gain in the early part of the 20th century. Baker traveled the country proselytizing for and collecting money in the name of “home conserving.” The children who came under her care, however, were subject to filthy living conditions, insufficient food and, in some cases, physical abuse.

The book was inspired by a photograph found in a Sioux Falls antique store. “A Marble Heart” is the culmination of more than two years of historical research, and utilizes such real-world figures as Baker herself, Kansas City politicians and a preacher who claimed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah.

Gulbrandson is previously the author of two novels, “The Believers” and “Away from the Nets,” and “Face to Face,” a collection of short stories. He worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, including publications at Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion. During that time his work was recognized by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Associated Press.

November Artists & Authors

heads our way tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm. Don’t miss your chance to hear about the work of poet Marcella Remund. She will share insights into her life in poetry and teaching.

Marcella Remund is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a South
Dakota transplant. She teaches English courses at the University of South Dakota, where she is also the faculty advisor for the
Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), the University’s literary/creative writing student organization. She is the author of a poetry
chapbook, Small Religions, and a full-length collection of poems, Finger Bones & Other Relics. She maintains a blog at

This event is free and open to the public.

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Paula Bosco Damon

visits the EBSVPl next Wednesday for our May Artists & Authors presentation, May 6th at 7 pm.


Paula Bosco Damon is an award-winning writer whose works have won numerous honors, including First-Place in National Federation of Press Women, South Dakota Press Women and Iowa Press Women writing competitions. Her stories breathe life into mundane day-to-day experiences and skillfully deconstruct some of the most complex life-altering moments into a language and narrative with universal appeal. Her work has been described as thought-provoking, whimsical, comical, lyrical and entertaining. Paula writes a weekly column for the Vermillion Plain Talk and the Carroll Times Herald titled “My Story. Your Story.” A popular keynote speaker, Paula has conducted readings of her work to audiences in New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Free and open to the public.

Mary Woster Haug, in person!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is proud to host South Dakota author Mary Woster Haug in our Artists & Authors series on Wednesday, April 1st at 7 pm.

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Mary Alice (Woster) Haug grew up on a farm/ranch just west of the Missouri River. She attended school in Chamberlain and then South Dakota State University where she eventually taught English for 30 years before retiring in 2008.
She has been writing for several years about her childhood on the grasslands of South Dakota and the ways in which family, church and land influenced her. She has participated in several writing retreats at Windbreak House where she worked with Linda Hasselstrom. Mary Alice has also attended workshops at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In the fall of 2008, she was an Artist in Residence for the Badlands National Park, the inspiration for the essay “On the Badlands Loop Road.”
She was an exchange professor at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea in the spring of 2006. She is currently writing a book called Crossing Borders: Discovering Myself in Korea, exploring the ways in which her time in South Korea inspired memories of South Dakota. She recently received a Bush Dakota Creative Connections grant to travel to South Korea to revisit the places and people she describes in her book.
Free and open to the public.

Fiber Artist Phyllis Packard

joins us for our March Artist & Authors presentation. She will share her work with us tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 4th, at 7 pm in the Kozak Community Room.loom

Phyllis is a working artist residing in Vermillion. She has been a long-time small business owner, director of the Solid Waste Department for the City of Vermillion, and currently serves on the Clay County Commission. She uses the ancient tools, a multi-harness loom and shuttles to combine warp and weft in a mix of tapestry, pattern, and plain weave.

Her artistic imagery is primarily landscape interjected with seascape and mindscape. Recently she has been fascinated by the feel, structure and color of weaving and creating shawls and scarves that are highly utilitarian.