Important 2013 Milton Conference Information, Announcements, and Updates

The conference is approaching quickly, and we’re looking forward to seeing you soon at the USD campus in Vermillion!  If you haven’t registered yet, please make sure to do so as soon as possible!


A complete and updated version of the conference program can now be located at the link above in PDF format.  If you are a conference participant, please double check the times and locations of your event(s).  Prior Milton Conference attendees, note that conference registration and check in will be located in Old Main 118 this year.


As a special conference capstone event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of South Dakota Review, I’m delighted to let you know that we will be holding a special screening of Winter in the Blood, a film by Alex and Andrew Smith, based on the novel by James Welch, following the Pam Houston keynote reading, on Saturday, November 2, at 8:30 p.m. in Farber Hall.  South Dakota Review was one of the first literary journals to publish James Welch’s work, and in Summer 1971 (Volume 9, Number 10), we ran a piece titled “The Only Good Indian,” which eventually became Winter in the Blood.  Filmmaker Andrew Smith will be present at the screening and will hold a Q&A afterwards.  You can read more about the film here, and also view a trailer:


Due to an unprecedented number of conference participants, in tandem with other University events taking place on Friday, November 1, we’ve needed to conserve our conference venues for panel sessions throughout the day, and so the conference lunch scheduled for Friday, November 1, has been changed to a conference dinner on Friday, November 1.  The dinner will take place in the Lee Medical Building Atrium, and the price is the same, and so if you’ve registered for the conference lunch, you will simply come to the conference dinner on Friday night instead.  Lunch on Friday, November 1, will be on your own, and you can easily grab lunch at the Muenster University Center on campus, or a quick lunch in downtown Vermillion during the noon lunch break.  The Saturday, November 2 lunch will take place, once again, in the world-famous National Music Museum, and the Saturday, November 2 banquet will take place at the Al Neuharth Media Center.


We will be running and staffing a conference book table once again this year, and you are welcome to bring your books, chapbooks, magazines, and small press items to display and sell at the conference during scheduled book table hours.  Registration staff will handle sales for you, and we have reserved the lovely Oscar Howe Gallery (adjacent to conference headquarters in Old Main 118) to house the conference book table.  To have your items displayed and sold, please make sure to contact the conference graduate assistant, David Levine, with a list of titles and prices, no later than October 20, 2013, at  Books by featured authors will be available and on display at the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore at the Muenster University Center, and will also be available for sale at the featured authors’ readings.


For those of you who are driving, I have made arrangements with campus security to set aside lots 3, 4, and 36 for conference attendees on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2, as “no ticket zones” so that you may park on campus near your respective venues.  Additionally, “A” and “Any Permit” lots are not permit-enforced after 5:00 p.m. or on the weekends.  Here is a link to the USD Campus Parking Map, where you can easily locate the parking lots, as well as the location of the different conference venues.


About Lee Ann Roripaugh

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians (Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The current South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.
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