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Great Plains Writers Tour Present David Lee and Neil Harrison

Published Date2\17\2012
Mount Marty College will host authors David Lee and Neil Harrison at this year's Great Plains Writers' Tour. Lee's and Harrison's presentations will be held on Tuesday, February 28th in Mount Marty College's Marian Auditorium in Bede Hall at 6:30 p.m.

David Lee has published twenty books of poetry. His awards include the Western States Book Award, the Mountain and Plains States Book Award, Critic's Choice Award, Evolutionary Poet of the Year citation, Elkhorn Poetry Prize, and Utah Book Award; he was named Utah’s First Poet Laureate and was finalist/runner-up for Poet Laureate of the United States. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. He was named one of twelve outstanding writers in Utah literary history and received the Utah Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and a Governor's Merit Award in the Humanities. Professor Emeritus of Literature and Emeritus Head of the Department of Language, Literature, and Humanities at Southern Utah University, Lee received every teaching award given by the institution, including being named Professor of the Year on three separate occasions. He has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Lee presently splits his time between Bandera, Texas and Seaside, Oregon, where he scribbles and wanders available trails and pathways, all at about the same rate and pace. He is currently in intensive training to achieve his goal of becoming a World Class Piddler.

Neil Harrison has worked as a livestock-market yardman and night chute-man, feedlot worker, construction worker, house painter, machine-gunner in the 325th Airborne Infantry, casket bearer in Arlington National Cemetery as a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, farm and ranch hand, block layer's assistant, gas station attendant, plumber's assistant, masonry crew worker, and postal clerk, with various episodes of schooling scattered throughout. Among his most memorable experiences was a one-day excursion as a carpet cleaner, negotiating rush-hour traffic in Omaha in a hot-pink minivan with the company's proud logo, TICKLED PINK, written large on either side. Harrison’s poems have been collected in Story (Logan House, 1995 & 1996), In a River of Wind (Bridge Burner’s, 2000), Into the River Canyon at Dusk (Lone Willow, 2005), and Back in the Animal Kingdom (Pinyon Publishing, 2011), and in 2004 he won the Western Reading Series Editor's Choice Award for poetry. His stories have been published in journals such as Nebraska Territory, Platte Valley Review, and Paddlefish. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, where he runs the Visiting Writers Series.

These presentations are sponsored by the Mount Marty College Gregorian Club. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Great Plains Writers' Tour.