Dakota Midday: 'Visibility: Ten Miles'

Jul 1, 2015

The landscape of South Dakota is often stark with a beauty that’s subtle and sometimes unapproachable. In the new book, Visibility: Ten Miles, poet Sharon Chmielarz and photographer Ken Smith capture the spirit of life on the prairie through images and verse.

Cover photo by Ken Smith

The title of the book refers to the ability to see the prairie in distances of miles, not of city blocks or minutes. Chmielarz lives in the Twin Cities, but grew up in Mobridge. Her poems are often about the prairie landscape of the Dakotas. Ken Smith lives in the southeastern North Dakota town of Ellendale. After teaching high school and college, he’s now working on a PhD in Great Plains History at NDSU.

Sharon Chmielarz gives a reading at the Klein Museum in Mobridge on Sunday, July 5 at 2 pm. She's in Pierre on Tuesday, July 7 for a poetry reading and book signing from 4-6 pm at Prairie Pages Bookseller and a 7 pm presentation at the Cultural Heritage Center.

Sharon Chmielarz and Ken Smith joined Dakota Midday and discussed their collaboration on Visibility: Ten Miles.