South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allan Evans sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Council

Madison Public Library

South Dakota Poet Laureate David Allan Evans will visit Madison for his presentation of Midwestern Themes in Art and Literature. The program will be held at the Madison Public Library March 29 at 6 p.m. This event is part of the Madison Area Arts Council Chautauqua Series and made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

His presentation will feature paintings of rural scenes from the 1930s and ‘40s by Midwestern artists such as Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry. The artwork will be accompanied with poems by Midwestern poets, including Evans, that reflects the picture. Evans will mention themes that Midwestern writers, especially poets, tend to work with, like weather and the elements.Evans was an English professor and Writer-in-Residence at South Dakota State University for about 40 years. He received writing grants from the Bush Artist’s Foundation and the South Dakota Arts Council. Evans traveled to China twice as a Fulbright Scholar and was given a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Evans will have copies of “This Water. These Rocks.” – his most recent book of poetry – available for sale at the presentation.

For further information, email MAAC meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center at 106 SE 2nd St. Visit the MAAC Web site at for more community art news and events.

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