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
Straight Forward Poetry,
Fresh Poems, August 2020
Plainsongs, Summer 2020, Winter 2021
Jesse Butler Poetry Contest (poem: The Named and the Nameless) 2020
Great Midwest Poetry Contest (Finalist), Midwest Review (poem: Surrendering) 2020
Writer-in-Residence, Fairhope Center for Writing Arts, 2020
Julia Darling Poetry Prize (Finalist), Kallisto Gaia Press, (poem: Grasslands) 2019
Poetic License Press UNSEEN Anthology, Spring 2020
Prairie Fire, Vol 41.1 Spring 2020
Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine, Spring 2020
Flying South Contest, Winston-Salem Writers, (poem: Pendulum of Ordinary Time) 2019
Montana Mouthful: Romance Gone Wrong, Feb 2020
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
Evening Street Review, Vol Num 22 Fall 2019
The MacGuffin, Journal of Schoolcraft College, Vol. 35.3, forthcoming 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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