Readings: Celebrating 10 Years!

Stoker’s · August 17, 8:00 pm · no cover

Join us in Stoker’s for a homegrown night of literature! Hosted by Heather Steinmann (of Lakota, ND), Deb Marquart (Napoleon), Shadd Piehl (Minot), Gene Olson (Crosby), and Richard Schaan (Rugby) will read from their works.


Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart’s books include two poetry collections—Everything’s a Verb (New Rivers Press, 1996) and From Sweetness (Pearl Editions, 2002) and a short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories (New Rivers Press, 2001) which draws on her experiences as a road musician. Marquart’s work has received a Pushcart Prize, the Shelby Foote Nonfiction Prize from the Faulkner Society, the Headwaters Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship.

Marquart’s memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere (Counterpoint Books, 2006) was awarded the Elle Lettres Award from Elle Magazine and the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. Marquart teaches in the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program at University of Southern Maine, and she is a professor of English and the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University. Her next book, a poetry collection titled Small Buried Things, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2014.

Shadd Piehl

A fourth-generation North Dakotan and third-generation rodeo cowboy, Shadd Piehl grew up near the Mouse River south of Minot, North Dakota. He has been a ranch hand, stockyard bird, hog hide shaver, warehouse lumper, teacher, and rodeo cowboy. As a saddle bronc rider, he competed mostly through the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in various amateur rodeo associations and the PRCA.

A graduate of Magic City High School, Minot;  North Dakota State University, Fargo; and Minnesota State University—Moorhead, MN; Shadd is currently Academic Dean at Rasmussen College in Bismarck, ND.

He has attended Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering as a featured poet three times and has also appeared at the annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora, ND. In 2004 he was named an associate poet laureate by North Dakota State Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode. His poems have appeared in the anthologies, Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Cowboy Poets, Maverick Western Verse, and the magazines Aluminum Canoe, Pemmican, Red Weather, and Dry Crik Review.  In 1999 he published a chapbook of poetry “Towards Horses” with Aluminum Canoe.

Shadd lives in Mandan, ND, with his wife Marnie and sons Owen, Wyatt, and Ryder. He divides his free time between his family, his horse Blue, and gigs with his band Lost Horses. He is the son of cowboy artist Walter Piehl.

Gene Olson

Gene Olson is a fourth generation farmer in the north western corner of the state. He holds a MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. None of his stories have been published in any magazine you would recognize.

Richard Schaan

Richard was born in Rugby, ND and grew up there as well as Jamestown, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Bottineau.  He graduated from MSUM with a degree in English and journalsim and also attended MSUM’s MFA program in creative writing.  In the past he has been a frequent contributor to and a copy editor for the High Plains Reader, where he used to publish a weekly humor column.

Heather Steinmann

Heather Steinmann spent her early years on a farm outside Lakota, ND. She holds an MFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture at North Dakota State University. She teaches Creative Writing at NDSU, among other things.