Since July 1, Lee Ann Roripaugh has been South Dakota's new poet laureate. She was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard and succeeds David Allan Evans who served the state for more than a dozen years.
Roripaugh is professor of English at the University of South Dakota and director of USD’s creative writing program. She's also editor-in-chief of South Dakota Review. She has four books of poetry, including her latest, Dandarians. Roripaugh is a native of Wyoming, and her father served as poet laureate of her home state. Her poetry has drawn on her mixed-race identity as a second generation Japanese-American as well as life in the American West.
Roripaugh joined Dakota Midday and discussed her plans as poet laureate.