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Chris Vondracek talks poetry and journalism in South Dakota

Chris Vondracek

This interview is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

On any given day, South Dakota correspondent Chris Vondracek might cover a legislative committee, a press conference, or the impact of a policy from Pierre. But then, there's the other side of Vondracek — the poetic side.

His poetry collection Rattlesnake Summer explores life in South Dakota, county by county. He explores the rural byways and the urban strolls. He sees the people and reflects their exploits, quirks, and desires in his poet's notebook.

Vondracek presents at the 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books on October 3 at 12 p.m. CDT / 11 p.m. MDT. His talk is called "Reporting & Poetry: Kissin' Cousins?"

"It's helpful if every family has not one, but a couple of storytellers."
Christopher Vondracek