Past Performances

Date City Venue
01/18/20 Mitchell, SD Dakota Wesleyan University
Address: 1200 W. University Ave.. BRIN Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network with Dr. Jim Reese “Writing for Wellness: Expressive Writing and/or Exercise on Mental and Physical Health”
10/03/19 - 10/06/19 Deadwood, South Dakota Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel
South Dakota Festival of Books
08/05/19 Sioux Falls, South Dakota SD Public Broadcasting Sioux Falls Studios
Address: 601 N. Phillips Avenue. Brown Bag Book Club Interview, reading, audience questions, social medial outreach, webcast, and post-interview book signing with host Lori Walsh
04/12/19 - 04/14/19 Brookings, SD South Dakota State University Student Union
SDSU’s Great Plains Writers Conference
02/14/19 Yankton, SD Mount Marty College
Presidential Board Address
02/02/19 Paterson, New Jersey Poetry Center
Time: 1:00pm. Address: Hamilton Building. 2018 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards
11/06/18 Yankton, South Dakota The Landing – Yankton Rotary
Time: 12:00pm. Address: 104 Capitol Street.
10/20/18 Omaha, NE The Kaneko
Time: 11:00am. Address: 1111 Jones Street. Reading. Craft. Conversation. Writers’ Block: Writers on Creativity & Teaching in Lockdown with Nicholas Bell Reading | 11 am – 12 pm Lunch Break | 12 – 1pm Workshop | 1 – 3 pm
09/21/18 - 09/23/18 Brookings, SD Hampton Inn and Suites
2018 South Dakota Festival of Books –
09/13/18 - 11/29/18 Springfield, SD Mike Durfee State Prison
Every Thursday from Sept. 13 – Nov. 29 Writing for Reentry
06/07/18 Pierre, South Dakota South Dakota Women’s Prison
Writing for Reentry
05/24/18 Pierre, South Dakota South Dakota Women’s Prison
Writing for Reentry
05/03/18 Pierre, South Dakota South Dakota Women’s Prison
Writing for Reentry
03/22/18 Vermilion, SD University of South Dakota
Vermilion Literary Project Writers Festival and LiTrash
11/30/17 - 02/15/18 Springfield, SD Mike Durfee State Prison
Every Thursday from November 30 – February 15 Writing for Reentry
11/09/17 Springfield, SD Mike Durfee State Prison
Time: 12:30pm. Writing for Reentry – Reading at 12:30 PM
09/22/17 - 09/24/17 Deadwood, SD South Dakota Festival of Books
“Connecting with the Criminal in Your Classroom – 10 Years in Prison and What Inmates Teach Me”

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 on the main floor of the Deadwood Public Library.
09/14/17 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Mellon University
Time: 12:00pm.
09/14/17 Pittsburgh, PA Allegheny County Jail
Time: 9:00am. Words Without Walls 9-10:30am
09/13/17 Pittsburgh, PA Chatham University
Time: 8:30pm. Address: 1 Woodland RD.
06/27/17 Los Angeles, CA Loyola Marymount University
Time: 2:30pm. California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association In collaboration with Loyola Marymount University Present a National Conference Arts in Corrections: Building Bridges to the Future
June 26 to 30, 2017 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles
Tuesday 6/27/17 2:30-3:45 Building Public Awareness
04/21/17 - 04/22/17 Sioux Falls, SD Augustana University
49th Annual Dakota Conference religion and spirituality in the northern plains

April 21-22, 2017, in the CWS Fantle Building on the Augustana University. Sioux Falls, SD
03/12/17 Yankton, SD Yankton public library
Time: 2:00pm. Address: 515 Walnut Street. “Meet Yankton Authors” 2-4:00 p.m.
01/19/17 - 04/07/17 Springfield, SD Mike Durfee State Prison
Every Thursday from January 19th – April 7th
Writing for Reentry
10/01/16 Vermillion, SD Edith B Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
Time: 2:00pm. Address: 18 Church St.. Get Published Now with Jim Reese 2-4 pm
06/22/16 Washington, DC The Library of Congress
Address: 101 Independence Ave, SE Washington, DC 20540. Recording “The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress” with Producer and Host Grace Cavalieri
12/05/15 Paterson, New Jersey The Distinguished Poetry Center
Address: The Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street.
Public Workshop from 10am-12pm
Reading 1:00pm with author Patrick Hicks
11/19/15 Wayne, NE Wayne State College
Time: 12:00pm. WSC Writers Festival
Humanities Building, Wayne State College Campus
09/25/15 - 09/27/15 Deadwood, SD South Dakota Festival of Books
13th annual South Dakota Festival of Books
09/19/15 Detroit, MI Detroit Lit Walk
08/12/15 Woodbridge, New Jersey Baron Arts Center
Time: 7:00pm. Workshop 7PM Public Reading 8PM
06/16/15 - 06/19/15 San Francisco, CA University Center
Address: 2130 Fulton Street. The California Lawyers for the Arts and the Williams James Association present Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation through the Arts. San Francisco, CA, June 16-19 2015
04/14/15 Spearfish, SD Black Hills State University
Time: 7:00pm. Pangburn Theater
03/24/15 - 03/25/15 Sioux Falls, SD Augustana College
Tuesday March 24 – Wednesday, March 25 Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (two readings—time, place TBA)
03/12/15 Sioux City, IA Morningside College
Time: 6:30pm. 6:30-8:00 PM
02/13/15 Fairbanks, Alaska University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Midnight Reading Series
01/16/15 Sioux Falls, SD Zanbroz Variety
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 209 S Phillips Ave.
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01/08/15 Vermillion, SD South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Dakota Midday with Host Karl Gehrke
11/12/14 Norfolk, NE Northeast Community College
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 801 E. Benjamin Ave..
10/03/14 Spearfish, SD Black Hills State University
Classroom visit, Honor’s “Geek Speak” Talk and public reading.
09/26/14 - 09/28/14 Sioux Falls, SD South Dakota Festival of Books
12th annual South Dakota Festival of Books, September 26-28 in Sioux Falls, presenting author
05/20/14 Yankton, SD Fryn Pan
Address: 502 West 21st St Yankton, SD 57078. Jim Reese featured Presenter for Kiwanis Club of Yankton, SD // Tuesday May 20th 12:00 at the Fryn Pan
04/12/14 Akron, Iowa pRhyme Time on the Prairie
pRhyme Time on the Prairie Reunion Celebration. A Hootenanny! Akron Iowa Time and Place TBA
03/16/13 Sioux Falls, SD Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
P3 (Painters, Poets at the Pavilion)
02/02/13 Paterson, New Jersey Hamilton Club Building Poetry Center
Address: 32 Church St.. Allen Ginsberg Winners’ Poetry Reading and Award Ceremony
12/15/12 Yankton, SD Mount Marty College
Commencement Speaker – Mount Marty College
09/28/12 - 09/30/12 Sioux Falls, SD SD Festival of Books
South Dakota Festival of Books 2012
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sept. 28-30
04/25/12 Binghampton, NY SUNY—Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Time: 1:30pm. The Writing Life Series SUNY—Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
04/13/12 - 04/14/12 Akron, Iowa pRhyme Time on the Prairie
Time and Place TBA
03/01/12 Wayne, NE Wayne State College
WSC Press and Wayne State College Present: Plains Writers’ Circuit
Featuring David Lee and Jim Reese
March 1st afternoon reading in Humanities Building
Time TBA Poetry Slam to follow that evening at the MAX (Downtown Wayne)
11/30/11 - 12/01/11 Norfolk, NE Northeast Community College
Address: 801 E. Benjamin Ave.. Northeast Community College Creative Writing Evening Class Workshop Norfolk, NE 1:00-1:50pm on Thursday, December 1, in Hawks Landing, NECC Student Center
11/29/11 Sioux City, IA Buck’s Cafeteria, Morningside College
Time: 7:30pm. Tuesday, Nov. 29th 7:30-8:00 Poetry Slam to Follow
11/17/11 Yankton, SD Yankton Federal Prison Camp
Time: 1:00pm. 4PM Count and Paddlefish Reading Series Open to General Population 1- 3pm Gymnasium
10/21/11 - 10/22/11 San Francisco, CA Alcatraz Island
Arts in Corrections, Reading and Workshop
10/07/11 - 10/09/11 Deadwood, SD South Dakota Festival of Books
Friday, 6:00pm – “Literary Feast” – Keynote Speakers: Lori Armstrong, CJ Box, Margaret Coel, Craig Johnson, Jim Reese
Saturday, 11:00am – “Selections from ghost on 3rd” – Jim Reese
Saturday, 2:00pm – “Literature & the Law” – Jim Reese, CM Wendleboe, & David Wolff
08/03/11 - 08/06/11 Gregory, SD Gregory’s Oscar Micheaux Film and Book Festival
Workshop and Reading
06/21/11 San Luis Obispo, CA California Polytechnic State University
Time: 7:00pm. Cal Poly campus, “Science North” (Bldg 53) – Rm TBD.
The creative writing program of Cal Poly’s English Department is excited to announce this year’s annual reading series. On Tuesday June 21st Nebraska poet Jim Reese and former Cal Poly undergrad poet and singer Ephraim Sommers will read. Both readings will take place at 7pm on the Cal Poly campus. The venue for each will be announced shortly.

Author of the well received volume ghost on 3rd, Reese teaches at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, where he is Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour and Editor-in-Chief of the national journal Paddlefish. “Jim Reese catches the dying fire of the small town wasteland that staggers on with meth, desire, and neglect,” says Charles Bowden, author of Murder City. “And I’d add that’s his work is surprisingly funny,” said poetry writing Professor Kevin Clark. “When I heard him read last year, the audience was highly entertained and I knew I wanted to bring him to Poly. We’re lucky that he can come so far for us.”

Having grown up in Atascadero, Sommers is a much-accomplished singer and poet who graduated from Cal Poly’s English Department and went on to receive an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State. Local fans of the band Siko will remember Sommer’s alt/soul singing style. According Clark, “When Ephraim was at Poly, his persona poems kept us on edge and in suspense. They’re brilliant explorations of the human psyche at moments of intense personal crisis.”
05/21/11 Lincoln, NE Nebraska Book Festival
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04/15/11 - 04/16/11 Akron, Iowa Akron Iowa Poetry Festival
Workshop and Readings
03/17/11 Aberdeen, SD Northern State University
Time: 7:30pm. ghost on 3rd and Other Poems
Sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council and Northern State University
NSU, Beulah Williams Library
03/15/11 Marshall, MN Southwest Minnesota State University
Workshop and Reading
02/21/11 Sioux Falls, SD Augustana College
Time: 7:00pm. Humanities Center, Rm 123
Free and open to the public
02/12/11 San Francisco, CA San Quentin Prison
Workshop and Reading
02/11/11 Sacramento, CA New Folsom Prison
Workshop and Reading
12/04/10 Paterson, New Jersey The Poetry Center Distinguished Poets Series
Poetry Workshop and Reading
12/03/10 Paterson, New Jersey High School Presentations
11/09/10 Detroit, MI Macomb Community College
2010 Poetry Festival featuring South Dakota Poet & Editor Jim Reese, M.L. Liebler & The Just In Biebers featuring Moby Grapes’s Peter Lewis & Jef Reynolds, The Macomb College Poetry Club & others. Two Shows at Center Campus and The South Campus
05/17/10 New York City Cornelia Street Cafe
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: 7. Age restrictions: No Minors. Monday | May 17, 2010; 6 p.m. George Held, Jim Reese, Jackie Sheeler $7 cover gets you a free drink

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