Publications by the local literary nonprofit Dunn County Writers have been accepted by the public libraries in Dickinson and Bismarck.
The three booklets the group penned in the past three years were accepted by the Dickinson Area Public Library in February. The North Dakota State Library in Bismarck accepted the publications earlier this month.
The booklets are Winter Whispers: Holidays Past, Present, Future (2014); A Pen for All Seasons (2015) and Journeys: North Dakota’s Badlands & Beyond (2016).
“What an exciting honor and opportunity it is for Dunn County Writers to have its first three published booklets accepted and acquisitioned by our libraries,” said Collette “Koko” Gjermundson, the Dunn County Writers board president. “It’s wonderful to realize that our writing efforts will be on the shelves to be enjoyed by library patrons across the region and state.”
The booklets include short fiction, personal essays, poems and reminiscences written during the group’s monthly writing sessions and at other writing workshops. The work is compiled and edited by Dunn County Writer’s Founder/Director Jennifer Strange and the booklets are designed and printed by Quality Quick Print in Dickinson.
“Our writers work hard all year long to make each booklet come to fruition,” said Strange. “At the beginning of the year, we collaborate on the upcoming booklet’s title and theme. Then we put to pen to paper.”
Dunn County Writers was founded in early 2014, after several charter members met at a North Dakota Humanities Council writing workshop held at the Dunn County Historical Museum. Dunn County Writers became a North Dakota nonprofit a year later and started to manifest its stated mission to “build community around the cultural arts.”
In addition to monthly writing sessions and publishing an annual booklet, the group produces Visiting Writers Series that bring nationally-renowned writers and artists to rural North Dakota for readings, discussions, films, panels and writing workshops.
“We are dedicated to preserving a written legacy of what’s happening in our lives and in our region,” said Strange. “Dunn County Writers continues to ask the question: If we don’t write and publish these important stories about life in rural, southwestern North Dakota in the 21st century, who will?”
Dunn County Writers members include Patricia Bailey (Dunn Center), Bryan Gallegos (Dickinson), Julee Gartner (Killdeer), Gjermundson), Ruth Granfor (Dunn Center), Paulette Haldeman (Dickinson), Laura Hagen (Nashville Tenn., formerly rural Killdeer), Sarah A. Medrano (Halliday), Terry M. Moore (Dickinson), Shirley Oja (Dunn Center), Denise Sandvick (Killdeer), Strange (Dickinson), Shawn Thompson (Dunn Center), Linda Van Wagner (Halliday) and Verna Wolf (Killdeer).
“As writers, we enjoy the monthly experience of gathering in Dunn Center at the Dunn County Museum to stir our creative juices and foster our writing talents. It’s important that thoughts are communicated, because there is so much for human beings to learn and enjoy by sharing in one another’s ideas, experiences and histories,” said Gjermundson, an agricultural journalist who ranches near Marshall. “It means a lot to DCW members to showcase our writing in Dunn County and beyond Dunn County as our efforts help to preserve present history for future generations.”