April 1, 2011
South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allan Evans, a Sioux City native and Morningside College graduate, will present a reading of his work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in UPS Auditorium in Morningside College’s Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave. The reading is free and open to the public.
Evans, a professor of English and writer in residence at South Dakota State University, is the author of nine collections of poetry and seven other books. His short stories, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals and in over 75 anthologies.
In 1974 he was the first South Dakotan to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. He also had writing grants from the Bush Artist’s Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., and the South Dakota Arts Council. Evans was appointed as South Dakota’s poet laureate in 2002.
Evans received his bachelor’s degree in English from Morningside in 1962. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.