Dr. Jim Reese

Dr. Jim Reese, poet and author, will give a reading Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the Black Hills State University campus. The event is hosted by the BHSU Honors Program and Kent Meyers, associate professor of humanities and writer-in-residence at BHSU.

Reese is an assistant professor of English; director of the Great Plains Writers' Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton; and editor-in-chief of PADDLEFISH news. Reese's poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently in New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Paterson Literary Review, South Dakota Review, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. His most recent collection of poetry is These Trespasses (Backwaters Press, 2005, 2006) which includes Pushcart Prize nominated poems. Reese received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006 with a specialization in Great Plains Studies.

A recent review of Reese’s piece These Trespasses reads "Live and learn," the saying goes. But any recent horror film offers a plethora of examples indicating that such is not always the case. The not-so-merry-go-round of the past seems to hold a magnetic fascination for some; they keep jumping on for another ride. Perhaps a more accurate saying might read, "Reflect honestly on life and you might learn from it." Such reflection is evident throughout Jim Reese's recent collection of poems, These Trespasses (Backwaters Press, 2005). There is a learning process recorded here, and honest reflection is at the heart of it. ... And from this present perspective, a life now shared with a wife and new daughter, he casts a hopeful, if timorous, glance toward the future. A future wholly dependent on what he has learned through honest reflection on the events of his life thus far, including, and especially,”

Meyers, who presents at writing conferences and workshops in state and region, is proud to host Reese on the BHSU campus.

This event is open to the public free of charge. For more information contact Amy Fuqua at 642-6397 or AmyFuqua@BHSU.edu