Iowa Native-Turned South Dakota Poet, Professor
South Dakota Poet David Allan Evans‘ vast insight into athletic competition shines through in his prose. A high school and college athlete, he received degrees from Morningside College in Sioux City, the University of Iowa, and the University of Arkansas, where he got his MFA in creative writing
A professor of English and Writer in Residence at South Dakota State University from 1968-2006, he’s the author of five books of poetry, and the author or editor of several other books. He is the former South Dakota Poet Laureate for the State of South Dakota.
Poems, Short Stories, and Essays
Evans, a prolific South Dakota Poet, has had more than 250 poems published or forthcoming in Southern Review, North American Review, Esquire, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Chariton Review, Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, The Mid-America Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Witness, Kansas Quarterly, Aethlon: The Journal of Sports Literature, and others. His poems, short stories, and essays have been reprinted in over 60 anthologies and textbooks including Heartland: Poets of the Midwest, The Sporting Life, Splash!: Great Writing About Swimming, American Sports Poems, Imagining Home: Writing About the Midwest Midwest, The Norton Book of Sports, Best Poems of 1969 reprinted in more than 60 anthologies and textbooks including Borestone Awards and others.
Readings, Lectures, and Workshops
David Allan Evans has appeared at more than 70 colleges, universities, bookstores, and literary conferences, including Southwest Minnesota State University, Moorhead State University, Gustavus Adolphus, The University of Minnesota, The University of Nebraska, The University of North Dakota, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England, Nanjing University, Nanjing, People’s Republic of China.
Honors and Awards:
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholar, 1972; National Endowment for the Arts grant, 1975; 1976; Bush Artist Fellowship, 1990; Pushcart Prize nomination, 1994; Fulbright Scholar to China, 1992-93 and 1999; Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in America; appointed Poet Laureate of South Dakota by the governor in June, 2002; 2009 South Dakota Governor’s Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement.”
- B.A., English, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 1962.
- M.A. English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1964.
- M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1976.
- Assistant Professor of English, Adams State College, 1966-68;
- Assistant Professor of English to Professor of English/
- Writer-In-Residence, South Dakota State University, 1968-Present.
Books (poetry collections)
- the Carnival, the Life
Settlement House Press, 2013
- After the Swan Dive (chapbook)
Finishing Line Press, 2009
- This Water. These Rocks.
San Francisco Bay Press, 2009
- Each Day you’re Gone (chapbook)
Red Dragonfly Press, 2008
- The Bull Rider’s Advice
Center for Western Studies, 2003
- Decent Dangers
Mellen Poetry Press, 2000
- Hanging Out With the Crows
Bk Mk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1991
- Real and False Alarms
Bk Mk Press, 1985
- Train Windows
Ohio University Press, 1976
- Among Athletes (chapbook)
Folder Editions, 1970
- Shortcut and other Stories (chapbook)
Sandhills Press, 2000
- Remembering the Soos (memoir)
Plains Press, 1980
- What the Tallgrass Says (Writer and General Editor)
Center for Western Studies, 1982
- Double Happiness: Two Lives in China (journals, with Jan Evans)
University of South Dakota Press, 1995
- New Voices in American Poetry (editor)