In The Moment ... March 20, 2018 Show 300 Hour 1

The Vermillion Literary Project's Writing Festival is coming up on March 22. Marcella Remund and Avery M. Guess join In The Moment to provide a preview.

Students Make Art Real Through Poetry Out Loud

Mar 15, 2018
Jackie Hendry

Shakespeare isn’t boring to Kassondra Gooley. The West Central High School senior talks about poetry the way some students might talk about movies or music.

“I like that it’s feelings put into words, and that you can dive only as deep as you’re willing to go, and so it’s kind of like an endless view of the world and gives you so many perspectives.”

Gooley enjoys studying and analyzing poetry, but that’s not all. She’s one of the state finalists in a national competition that pushes students to engage with poetry a little differently than they might in most classrooms.

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... February 2, 2018 Show 269 Hour 1

The South Dakota State Poetry Society has announced the winners of their annual contest. The winner in the Landscape Category is none other than SDPB's own Katy Beam.

Here is Katy Beam reading her award-winning poem, "Fortress Instructions."

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 29, 2017 Show 265 Hour 2

Poets in the Watertown area have an invitation to gather on the first Friday of the month to discuss poetry. Lawrence Diggs is with us today. He's on the South Dakota Arts Council's roster for artists in schools and communities. He's active in the South Dakota State Poetry Society and edits their quarterly journal Four Quarters to a Section. He also founded the International Vinegar Museum and brought the book "Pros and Cons" to publication.

In The Moment ... January 18, 2018 Show 258 Hour 1

Poet Christine Stewart speaks at Augustana University at 6 p.m. tonight.

She is the author of several poetry books including "Untrussed, "Bluewords Greening," "Keeping Them Alive," and "Postcard on Parchment."

We're also joined by Augustana writer-in-residence Patrick Hicks. His poetry books include "Adoptable," "This London," and "Finding the Gossamar."

신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin is the editor of the best-selling anthology "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" and author of the poetry collection "Unbearable Splendor." The book was a finalist for the 2017 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry and winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry.

She visits Augustana University tonight. But first she talks with In the Moment host Lori Walsh about poetry, identity, and helping emerging authors find their voices.

Link and author visit details:

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... September 8, 2017 Show 173 Hour 1

We begin the program with this week's Moment in Sound. You can head to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls tonight for the Four Winds Festival. The Tinder Box plays live. Chad Konrad is a member of The Tinder Box as well as an audio engineer for The White Wall Sessions, now in its fifth season. He joins us for live music and conversation.


In The Moment ... August 14, 2017 Show 155 Hour 2

Get ready to head for the Hills. In the Moment is in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books in September. We hope to see you there. Today we get a preview of the state's premier literary event. Jennifer Widman is the director of the Center for the Book with the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... July 28, 2017 Show 144 Hour 1

For this week’s Moment in Sound, we welcome Emily Lloyd to the SDPB studios at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. Emily plays at Lucky's in Spearfish tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Mountain Time. She joins us for live music and thoughts on leaving the Black Hills to make it in the Nashville music scene.

We welcome poetry from Norma Wilson and an Arts Calendar update from SDPB’s Leah Cover.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... July 11, 2017 Show 131 Hour 1

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... June 23, 2017 Show 121 Hour 1

From England to Australia to Hill City, South Dakota, Richard Grewar finds musical influence from across the globe. His latest album is called Cold Feet. He plays at Fernson's on 8th in Sioux Falls tomorrow night. See him in Rapid City on July 7th at Pure Bean Southwest. Richard Grewar joins us for Moment in Sound.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 16, 2017 Show 116 Hour 1

Mat deRiso of Mat D and the Profane Saints joins us on this week’s Moment in Sound with a solo, acoustic performance. We talk about the American highway and the role of heartbreak in songwriting. Find more here: http://www.matdandtheprofanesaints.com/index/

Fictional characters from movies and books can be heroes to kids. A nonprofit group in Rapid City brings personalities to life in service of children and community.


In The Moment ... June 5, 2017 Show 107 Hour 2

Vernon Patterson writes poetry about personal growth, his experiences with loss, addiction and war. He recites his poetry on the streets of Minneapolis to anyone who will listen. He's known as The Street Poet. In The Moment producer Steve Zwemke fist heard The Street Poet while standing in line for a concert outside a local venue in Minneapolis and brings you more.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... June 2, 2017 Show 106 Hour 1

If you're in Spearfish tonight you can head over to the False Bottom Bar to hear today's first guest. Dan McGuinness plays immediately following Downtown Friday Night. He also tours with Credence Clearwater Revisited through September. But first, he joins us for Moment in Sound.

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... May 12, 2017 Show 092 Hour 1

Today for Moment in Sound, we welcome Harland Allen and Kim Bachman otherwise known as Aces and Eights. They kick off the "Black Hills Opry" classic country theater at the Homestake Opera House this  month in Lead.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 2,2017 Show 084 Hour 1

To love someone is inherently risky. Poet Christine Stewart's book "Untrussed" explores the promises of love and loss. If you joined the SDPB Book Club last year, you recently discovered a copy of "Untrussed" in your mailbox. She joins us today to talk about "wonderful rejections," autobiography in poetry and more.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 7, 2017 Show 067 Hour 1

It's Friday and it's time for our weekly Moment in Sound. This week we welcome Mark Petričić on the bayan . You can see him in concert tonight at the National Music Museum in Vermillion at 7 p.m. Central time. Also ... a preview show at the Muenster University Center in the Pit Lounge.

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... March 31, 2017 Show 062 Hour 1

In a recent report, UFO sightings are at an all-time high (https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/02/24/ufo-sightings-have-reached-an-all-time-high/21721159/) with the USA in the lead, by far.

On this week's podcast we celebrate the creative spark with author Augustin Fuentes, musician N.W. Engbers, and South Dakota high school students from the state Poetry Out Loud finals.

This week's podcast features a conversation with blues musician Davy Knowles, poetry from Patrick Hicks, and music from The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

In this week's In the Moment podcast, we explore the full range of the human condition with expressions of despair and resilience, love and hope.

In the Moment producer Steve Zwemke talks with an editor at The Players' Tribune about compelling stories of hardship and triumph from professional athletes. Lindy Obach offers her poem, "Southwest by Dakota." And musician Nik Harr brings a song about connection and holding life together, for one another, when times get tough.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 10, 2017 Show 047 Hour 1

The state basketball tournaments are underway and, no surprise, a winter storm is making news at the same time. In the moment producer Chris Laughery caught up with meteorologist Todd Heitkamp for an update on not one but 2 systems affecting South Dakota.

Kealey Bultena is out of the office next week, but this time she's not hitting the road for SDPB. She's on a mission to deliver wheelchairs to those in need.

Chris Laughery brings you an update from this week's SDPB Arts Calendar.

On this episode of the In the Moment podcast, "Women are women wherever you go." Pastor Pat Hammond talks about human trafficking across the globe. Jim Reese offers a poem called "This Isn't Dress Rehearsal," and Guitar Master Bob Fehy chills out on the slide guitar.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... March 3, 2017 Show 042 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a conversation with Dr. Mohammad Zeeshan Qamar. As director of interfaith dialog at the Muslim Community Center of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, Dr. Qamar is often asked to talk about his faith with those who are curious or even suspicious. He discusses his journey to the United States, raising Muslim children in Sioux Falls, and how conversations with Christians and non-Muslims have helped him grow the depth of his own faith.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment... February 24, 2017 Show 037 Hour 1

This weekend marks the 89th Academy Awards. Before we break out the snacks, we take deeper look at language in the movies and how it is used to identify people and, sometimes, to discriminate. On Monday, Lindsey Clouse presents "Dialect Discrimination from Disney to Django: How Hollywood Uses Language to Reinforce Racial Stereotypes" as part of the Black Hills State University speaker series. We talk with Lindsey about dialect, directors, and discrimination.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment... February 17, 2017 Show 033 Hour 1

Alex Bruton is president of The Innographer and cofounder of the Straight Up Business Institute. He's coming to South Dakota for 12th annual South Dakota Entrepreneurship Education Conference (also known as Launch). We talk about "idea storming," innovation literacy, and the ruts in the road that hold us back from doing our most creative work.

Spitting Words At LNI’s Fourth Annual Poetry Slam

Dec 15, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The Lakota Nation Invitational is not just for athletes, but aesthetes as well.  An aesthete, if you are wondering, is someone who loves the arts, poetry, culture and  nature.

This year marks the fourth annual poetry slam at LNI.

Lakota student poet Wiyaka reads during the third round of the poetry slam at the 40th annual Lakota Nation Invitational.

Nine high school poets from across South Dakota read their work during two score keeping rounds. Only four poets advanced to the third round. But, as was so often noted, poetry isn’t about scoring or numbers.

SDPB/Lori Walsh

By December, most New Year's resolutions are long forgotten. Poet Jay Sanchez, however, is still going strong. Sanchez, an 18-year-old college freshman, decided in January to compose a poem every day this year - and to post the results on Instagram. Sanchez visits with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the challenge.

Annual Statewide Poetry Contest Deadline December 1st

Nov 23, 2016
SD State Poetry Society

The state poetry society is holding its annual contest. Writers across South Dakota are encouraged to submit.  The South Dakota State Poetry Society was founded in 1927.  It includes a range of writers and poets from across the state.  

Brad Soule  is a retired physician who now manages the annual poetry contest.


Sarah Kay is best known for her spoken word poetry. In 2011, she recited her breakout poem "B" as a TED Talk and later released it as her debut book, which is now a best-seller. She since has released an intimate collection of poetry title No Matter the Wreckage. Kay, the founder and director of Project Voice, is coming to Sioux Falls this weekend as part of the OTA finale.