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Lee Ann Roripaugh

Lee Ann Roripaugh

Video recordings of Lee Ann Roripaugh at the 2012 UND Writers Conference.

Transcription of Lee Ann Roripaugh Reading at the 2012 UND Writers Conference.

Lee Ann Roripaugh describes herself as a hapa poet and fiction writer of Japanese-American descent who, having grown up in Laramie, Wyoming with a first-generation Japanese mother, is a fusion of East-meets-American West. Originally trained as a classical pianist, she now finds herself obsessed with insects, mollusks, art glass, jellyfish, jazz, and sushi -- but not necessarily in that order. She is the author of three volumes of poetry: Beyond Heart Mountain (National Poetry Series - Penguin, 1999), Year of the Snake (Crab Orchard Poetry Series - Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Crab Orchard Poetry Series - Southern Illinois University Press, 2009). She currently lives in Vermillion, South Dakota, with several very wayward cats, and teaches creative writing and literature at The University of South Dakota.

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