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​Publishing Matters: The State of the Literary Arts

March 16th, 2022

By Suzzanne Kelley

suzzanne.kelley@ndsu.edu

Paper shortages and supply chain problems be damned. I’m here to report that the state of literary arts in our region is well and good. New books are still coming your way and our bookstore owners welcome you to shop the shelves! Readers have more books and author events to choose from than ever. Over the past two years, our area publishers, libraries, and humanities organizations have learned to navigate online platforms as ways to connect…

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​Posthumous Memoir Relays ND Pioneer Experience

September 15th, 2021

By Michael M. Miller

michael.miller@ndsu.edu

Larry Kruckenberg of Cheyenne, WY, a native of Hazen, ND, has authored a new book, “Big Bend Country: A Journey of Good Times, Hard Times, and Hope,” available from GRHC.

Kruckenberg shares memories of his German-Russian mother, Lorraine Guenthner Kruckenberg. He brings the travails of working a prairie farm into sharp focus. It was a good life, but a hard life, filled with work and family.

Through his mother’s words, Kruckenberg details…

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Venturia ND Native Pens New Book

April 22nd, 2021

By Michael M. Miller

michael.miller@ndsu.edu; or go to library.ndsu.edu/grhc.

18 March 2021

Florence Dockter Scherbenske has authored a new book, “My Impossible Dream: You Can Do It Too, Germans from Russia Immigrant Grandparents Ethnic Lifestyle.” Florence grew up on a farm near Venturia, McIntosh County, south central North Dakota. She vividly shares the story of her German-Russian family.

In her Dedication, Florence writes, “I give tribute to my maternal grandmother, Katherine…

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HPR: 52nd Annual UND Writers Conference Issue

April 22nd, 2021

18 March 2021

Spring is almost here, and we might even be venturing outdoors to experience the warmth of the sun. After 2020, which feels like it will never end, 2019 seems like a whole other world, but it is thought of by some as "the year of Greta Thunberg." After traveling by boat to North America, the 16-year-old delivered an impassioned speech at the UN Climate Action Summit and became the face of climate change.

And, while some may think of it as a far-off time in the future (is it…

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For the Love of Logophiles: Moorhead Friends Supports Local Writers

April 22nd, 2021

By Annie Prafcke

annieprafcke@gmail.com

Moorhead Friends Writing Group gathers virtually to administer advice, brainstorm blueprints, and constructively critique. A welcoming bunch, Moorhead Friends provides encouragement for anyone striving to meet their writing goals or simply hoping to acquire motivation to put fingers to keyboard.

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Moorhead Friends meets every other Tuesday from 7-9 pm via Zoom. Those who are interested can message the group via Facebook:

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Between Exile and Memory: Women Writers and NDSU Press

April 22nd, 2021

By Suzzanne Kelley, Editor-in-Chief 

https://www.ndsupress.org

When four gentleman scholars came together seventy-one years ago to establish the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, they might have been hard-pressed to imagine that in the 21st century, a slate of women authors and their lady publisher would take the lead in delivering—as designated by the mission of the press—scholarly knowledge and…

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Lajimodiere releases book of poetry

November 14th, 2020

North Dakota State University Press has recently announced the release of its latest poetry collection, “His Feathers Were Chains” by Denise K Lajimodiere. This book is currently available from NDSU Press, Amazon, Baker & Taylor, and local independent bookstores. The title was inspired by a welded statue of a Native American warrior riding a horse, which is featured on the cover.

“Feathers” is divided into five sections: “Broken Glass Dreams,” “Identity,” “His Feathers…

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On the Ephemerality of Things: Thoughts on the Demise of a Small Literary Press

May 5th, 2020

by Debra Marquart
marquart@iastate.edu 

A few years ago, I was giving a talk at the Fargo Public Library about researching and writing my book, The Horizontal World, which is a memoir about growing up a rebellious farmer’s daughter on a North Dakota wheat farm. In the 1970s, I was a college student at Moorhead State University and then later a Fargo-based road musician. I wanted to come back to the library to express my gratitude for their services, which kept me alive during a period…

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Local Writer Explores the Sinister Side of Snowmen

December 23rd, 2019

Darrin Albert holding a copy of Snowcrow. photo courtesy of John Showalter

Winter has once again set in and Fargo is covered in an all too familiar blanket of snow. While the white stuff is considered the bane of drivers and businesses, it does come with some simple pleasures. There’s a stark beauty to seeing blankets of white cover the ground and hearing it crunch underfoot. And of course, there are snowball fights and building snowmen. They’re innocent enough pastimes, or are they? In local writer, Darrin Albert’s new novel “Snowcrow,” Frosty…

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​A spoon full of sugar: New poetry from Sarah Kobrinsky

November 20th, 2019

Sarah Kobrinsky

Former Fargo-Moorhead resident Sarah Kobrinsky has recently released her first full collection of poetry, Nighttime on the Other Side of Everything, published by New Rivers Press. The book is divided into three sections, each with a different theme and flavor.

“I tend to write things that are superficially funny but there’s always something darker going on,” Kobrinsky says. “You know the saying, ‘A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down’? That’s the first section. The…

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