Join us in the store on Wednesday, November 8th for an evening of poetry! Rick Hilber will be reading from his new collection, "In Pieces in the Plaza," and he'll be joined by poets Dave Solheim, Dale Jacobson, and Michael Moos. The reading and discussion will be followed by a book signing.
Rick Hilber, age 67 and a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, began to publish his poetry with Friesen Press in 2015. His first book of poetry "Down the Highway, a Peace," was a tribute to the culture of North Dakota, his home state where he was born in 1950, raised in LaMoure, Oakes, Grand Forks, and Fargo in that state. He also taught high school English there from 975 to 1986 in public schools at Neche, Grace City, Mayville-Portland, and Carrington. He finished law school in 1996 and had a brief legal career at Thomson West and Minnetronix, Inc., both in Minnesota, and a solo practice for several years. He began writing poetry in his college years and was the beneficiary of poetry guidance from noted poet Thomas McGrath. He published his second book of poetry "In Pieces in the Plaza" with Friesen in 2016. His third book has been submitted to Milkweed Editions for consideration this October 2017, and he hopes to see it published in 2018.
Dave Solheim was the North Dakota Statehood Centennial Poet in 1989. He is an Emeritus English Professor of Dickinson State University and an Emeritus North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate. He has published two chapbooks with the Territorial Press ("On the Ward" and "Inheritance") and four books of poetry: West River, The Landscape Listens, Green Jade and Road Men, and Riverbend. His work has been included in five anthologies. In his retirement, he coordinates Word Play (a literary gathering at Gustavus Adolphus College) and is the proprietor of the Buffalo Commons Press which has published about a dozen books by 6 different writers. Dave and his wife Barbara Laman live in St. Peter, MN and have five adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Dale Jacobson has published nine volumes of poetry as well as editorial and critical work on the poet Thomas McGrath. His long poem, "A Walk by the River," has been praised by Joyce Sutphen, Robert Hedin (“a masterfully written poem”), Larry Woiwode (“a masterwork”) and W.S. Merwin. He is an Honorary Poet Laureate of North Dakota.
Michael S. Moos is the author of three poetry collections: "Morning Windows" (New Rivers Press), "A Long Way to See," a poetry/landscape photography monograph with photographer Wayne Gudmundson (North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, nominated for a Minnesota Book Award), and Hawk Hover, Dacotah Territory Press. He is the winner of poetry awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board and Loft McKnight Foundation. He has an MFA from Columbia University and was poet-in-residence for the Academy of American Poets, the O’Neill Theater Center/National Theater of the Deaf, as well as several Midwestern arts councils. In the 1970’s the National Endowment for the Arts made two documentary films of his work for Poets-in the-Schools in Kansas and North Dakota. His most recent poetry book "The Idea of the Garden" was awarded the 2017 Richard Snyder Poetry Prize (Ashland University Poetry Press) and will be published in the Fall of 2018.