Bonnie Larson Staiger

View from up here (46.9 N Latitude). Poetry, musings, and events. Come on in!

Reading in honor of ND as 20th state to ratify the 19th Amendment – giving women the right to vote

My Upcoming Events:

  • Nov 8 Poetry Cafe, Invited Alumni Reading, Rockport College/Maine Media
  • March 2021 San Miguel de Allende Poetry Cafe — Invited Reading (watch for date)
  • TBA – Public Reading — Bismarck Art & Galleries Assoc. (Postponed due to CV-19 — watch for new date)


  • Sep 6   Reading on Prairie Public Radio’s Great American Folk Show. Previously recorded- now online and archived.
  • Mar 3 & 10 University of Mary — Invited Workshops: No Fear Poetry Part 1 & 2
  • Jan 28    Her Flag 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to U.S. Constitution / Womens’ Suffrage — Bismarck Art & Galleries Assoc.

  • Dec 2    University of Mary Creative Writing Club — Bismarck ND
  • Dec 1    Local Author Expo — Ferguson Books, Bismarck ND 
  • Nov 2-3   North Dakota Book Festival — Ellendale (ND) Opera House
    • Workshop– No Fear Poetry: How to Enjoy It & Maybe Even Write a Little
    • Invited Reading
  • Sep 26   ND Country Woman Awards — Heritage Center/Museum, Bismarck ND
  • Sep 21   Invited Reading, Assumption Abbey — Richardton ND
  • Sep 10   Public Reading — Ferguson Books, Bismarck ND
  • Aug 20   Off the Shelf Book Club — Bismarck ND

(Footnote: I welcome invitations to book clubs and writer’s groups.)

From the time we studied word origins in school, I’ve been fascinated with puzzling words together and the fusion of words on the printed page—their mouth-feel, their musicality, and the magic that can be created within the frame of white space. Poetry seems the perfect art form to bring it all together.

Growing up in western North Dakota, I feel deeply connected to our history, the poignant subtleties and often harsh life on the high plains and short grass prairies. Those ties to peoples, landscape, and the realities of our changing cultures and economies that make up the “New American West” creep inexorably into my writing.

Most poets hope their work carries a universal thread of humanity to readers. My goal is to speak to that shared core within others who may or may not call this place home and to show this region as much more than fly-over country. This is the heart of a continent.

My first chapbook, Destiny Manifested, was awarded the inaugural “Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Prize” by North Dakota State University (NDSU) Press and the “2019 Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite.” It’s now available from Amazon and the online store: NDSU Press/Shop Now You can also find it on Goodreads.

You can reach me dakota923 at hotmail dot com


Most of all, I love living on the edge of the Badlands.
Here, life is sweet and the sweet crude of oil production
is both sweet and crude. More on that in my chapbook.


10 thoughts on “Welcome, come on in!

  1. Hi, Feels nice to see that I’m not alone in the world. Love your work.

    1. Thanks, Mac. From now on, I’ll wave whenever I pass the Buffalo Alice exit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bonnie…Simply put…..I love how you think…..❤️

  3. robert okaji says:

    Thanks for the warm welcome, Bonnie. Much appreciated.

  4. I like your place. I will definitely read the other posts. Thanks

  5. Eusebia says:

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    I appreciate it -Sheena

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    Thank you -Sterling

  7. Anonymous says:

    As much of a diehard New Yorker as I am, my vacations in North Dakota mark some of the highlights of my life. Hard to explain the sight of never-ending wheat fields (as opposed to skyscrapers or ocean), or a real-life pow wow, or a buffalo crossing your path in the Badlands……

    1. Some of the highlights of my life have been sharing this place with a dear friend and diehard New Yorker. We’ll leave the light on for you.

  8. California Cuzin' says:

    I thought I’d stop by and catch up on the latest northern plains musings.

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