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Local Authors

Below is a list of authors in our collection from South Dakota and the Siouxland area or have written about the area. Click on the author’s name to see which titles we have in the catalog!

Breneman, Mary Worthy Pseudonym for co-authors, Mary Worthy Thurston (1881 – 1969) and her daughter, Muriel R. Breneman (1914 – 2006). 

Brokaw, Tom (1940 – ) Television journalist and author, best known for NBC Nightly News. Born in Webster, South Dakota.

Carrels, Peter (1953 – ) Investigative journalist. Native and resident of Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Coker, M.K. Grew up in southeastern South Dakota, her novels are also set in South Dakota.

Cook-Lynn, Elizabeth (1930 – ) Editor, essayist, poet, novelist, and member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Born in Fort Thompson, South Dakota. 

Crow Dog, Mary (1954 – 2013) Also known as Mary Brave Bird, and Mary Brave Woman Olguin. A Sicangu Lakota writer and activist who was a member of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s.

Crozier, Caryl (1938- ) Born and raised on the prairies of Southeastern South Dakota. Her jobs have included Extension Home Economist, Home Economics and adult education teacher.

Cummins, Cedric (1909 – 1980) Author, historian, former history professor of history at USD. Wrote about USD history.

Custer, Elizabeth Bacon (1842 – 1933) Author, public speaker, and wife of George Armstrong Custer. Also known as Libbie Bacon. Born in Monroe, Michigan. 

Damon, Paula Bosco (1952 – ) Award-winning author and journalist whose columns appear weekly in regional newspapers in the Upper Midwest.

Deloria, Ella Cara (1888 – 1971) Educator, anthropologist, ethnographer, linguist, and novelist. Born in the White Swan district of the Yankton Indian Reservation, South Dakota. 

Evans, David Allan (1940 – ) Published South Dakota poet and storyteller. Born in Sioux City, Iowa. Professor Emeritus at South Dakota State University. Former poet laureate of South Dakota.

Fite, Gilbert (1918 – 2010) Author, academic professor, and historian best known for his works on American agricultural history. Born in Santa Fe, Ohio.

Flados, Marjorie Klemme (1926 – ) Writer, registered nurse, and motivational speaker. Wrote about growing up Norwegian and Lutheran in the Midwest. 

Frederick, Michael Author, graduated USD, his novels are set in South Dakota.

Garland, Hamlin (1860 – 1940) Novelist, poet, essayist, short story writer, Georgist, and psychical researcher. Born in West Salem, Wisconsin. 

Gulbrandson, Travis Author and newspaper reporter. 

Hamman, Phil Author and graduate of USF and Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. Co-authored the #1 national bestseller Gitchie Girl with wife, Sandy Hamman. 

Haug, Mary Woster Regional and national published writer, former teacher and professor.

Hasselstrom, Linda M. (1943 – ) Author, poet, and rancher. Born in Houston, Texas. 

Hicks, Patrick (1970 – ) Writer, poet, and Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hunhoff, Bernie (1951 – ) Politician, writer, and journalist. Founded South Dakota Magazine. Born in Yankton, South Dakota. 

Husboe, Arthur R. (1931 – ) Author, former teacher, and native of South Dakota.

Kilian, Tom (1924 – 2014) South Dakota educator, author, and founder of Kilian Community College. Born in Vilas, South Dakota.

Kohl, Edith Eudora (1884 – 1959) Writer and champion of western agricultural development. Born in Huey, Illinois. 

Kratz, Marilyn Retired elementary teacher and freelance writer from Yankton, South Dakota. 

Lampert, Sara E. (1982 – ) Associate professor of history at the University of South Dakota.

Manfred, Frederick Feikema (1912 – 1994) Noted Western fiction author. Born in Doon, Iowa and credited with coining the term “Siouxland”. 

Marken, Jack W. (1922 – 2005) Editor, author, former English Department head at SDSU, and one of the founders of the South Dakota Committee on the Humanities. Born in Akron, Ohio. 

Meyers, Kent Award-winning novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Grew up in southern Minnesota.

Michaeux, Oscar (1884 – 1951) Filmmaker and author. Described as “the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century”. Born in Metropolis, Illinois. 

Mikesell, Janice H. (1935 – 2011) Writer and poet born in Saint Louis, MO.

Miller, John E. (1945 – ) Writer and historian of recent American history.

Miller, Samuel (1991 – ) Author, musician, and graduate student. Born and raised in Vermillion, South Dakota. 

Moen, Matthew (1958 – ) Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and Lohre Distinguished Professor at USD. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Nelson, Paula M. (1951 – ) Professor emeritus, historian, and author. Native of Minnesota.

Norris, Kathleen (1947 – ) Poet and essayist. Born in Washington, D.C.

O’Brien, Dan (1947 – ) Author, wildlife biologist, and rancher. Born in Findlay, Ohio. 

Philip, George (1880 – 1948) Cowboy and member of the South Dakota bar. Emigrated from Morayshire, Scotland. 

Pommersheim, Frank (1943 – ) Professor, author, and poet specializing in the field of American Indian Law. Born in Queens, New York.

Redlin, Greg Author and current resident of Vermillion. His novel is set in Vermillion.

Reese, Jim (1972 – ) Associate Professor of English, author, and poet.

Remund, Marcella Poet and English instructor at USD. Native of Omaha, Nebraska and a South Dakota transplant.

Roripaugh, Lee Ann (1965 – ) Poet and South Dakota poet laureate. Wyoming native and second-generation Japanese American whose writing focuses on themes of culture and identity in all its forms. 

Rusch, Arthur (1946 – ) Politician and member of the South Dakota Senate, representing District 17. Retired Circuit Judge and writer.

Schlenker, Evelyn USD Faculty, writes about the history of Vermillion.

Schwieder, Dorothy Hubbard (1933 – 2014) Historian, biographer, and academic. First woman to be appointed as a professor in the Iowa State University Department of History. Born in Presho, South Dakota. 

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk (1933 – ) Author, former teacher and counselor. Born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Westgard, Gary (1940 – ) Former pastor. Born in Rugby, North Dakota. Lives in Yankton, South Dakota.

Wilson, Jerry (1945 – ) Writer, author, and novelist. Born west of the Cimarron River in Oklahoma. Lives in southeast South Dakota.

Wilson, Norma Retired USD English Professor Emerita, author, and poet.

Wolff, David A. Professor emeritus and historian.

Woodard, Charles L. (1942 – ) Professor emeritus, editor, and author. Grew up in White, South Dakota.

Zitkala-Sa (1876 – 1938) Sioux (Yankton Dakota) writer, editor, musician, teacher, and political activist. Also known by the name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin. Born on the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota.

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