Bonnie Larson Staiger

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Bonnie Larson Staiger, North Dakota Associate Poet Laureate and a ND Humanities Scholar is the recipient of the ‘Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Award’ from North Dakota State University Press (2018), the Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite/Category Poetry (2019) for her debut collection, Destiny Manifested. Her second book In Plains Sight is forthcoming from NDSU Press in 2021.  Her award-winning poems have been included in numerous anthologies, literary journals, and publications. She thrives on the Great Plains not far from the Badlands of North Dakota. There she often writes of the poignant subtleties of life on the high plains of the New American West as well as a view of the world observed from that place. Some of the poets she has studied with: Richard Blanco, Kevin Pilkington, Ross Gay, Ilya Kaminsky, Tom Sleigh, and Kathleen Norris.

Publication Credits & Awards

In Plains Sight, (full collection) NDSU Press, forthcoming in 2021 Sandy River Review, March 2021 (poem: Straight Shot Between Friends) Crosswinds Poetry Prize Finalist (winners announced about March 1, 2021) poem: Unction Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Elegy & Icons, Winter 2021 (poems: Elegy for Mary Oliver, Rune’s Requiem, and Second Finding) Persimmon Tree, Winter 2021 (poem: Litany of Druthers) Straight Forward Poetry, Fresh Poems, August 2020 (poem: Pear Tree on Highland Acres Road) Plainsongs, Summer 2020, Winter 2021 Jesse Butler Poetry Contest 2020 (poem: The Named and the Nameless) Great Midwest Poetry Contest (Finalist) 2020, Midwest Review (poem: Surrendering) Writer-in-Residence, Fairhope Center for Writing Arts, 2020 Julia Darling Poetry Prize (Finalist), Kallisto Gaia Press, 2019 (poem: Grasslands) Poetic License Press UNSEEN Anthology, Spring 2020 Prairie Fire, Vol 41.1 Spring 2020 (poem: Memory Care) Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, Spring 2020 Flying South Contest, Winston-Salem Writers, 2019 (poem: Pendulum of Ordinary Time) Montana Mouthful: Romance Gone Wrong, Feb 2020; Out of This World, Mar 2021 Poeming Pigeon COSMOS Anthology, The Poetry Box, Winter 2020 North Dakota Quarterly, Vol 86 Nos 3/4 Fall 2019, Vol 87 Nos 1/2 Spring 2020, Vol 88 1/2 2021 Evening Street Review, Vol Num 22 Fall 2019 (poem: The Rabbit) The MacGuffin, Journal of Schoolcraft College, Vol. 35.3, Fall 2019 Pendora Magazine. Summer 2019 Independent Press Award: Distinguished Favorite, 2019 (for Destiny Manifested) Destiny Manifested (chapbook), NDSU Press, Poets of the Plains & Prairies Award, 2018 Pasque Petals, Journal of South Dakota State Poetry Society, Fall 2017,  Spring and Fall 2018, Fall 2019 The Daily Palette, University of Iowa, April 6, 2016 Parkinson Foundation Report, Summer 2003 Woven on the Wind, Houghton Mifflin, 2001 Where the  Heart Resides: Timeless Wisdom of the American Prairie, William Morrow, 1999 Leaning Into the Wind, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
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